On the instrument panel
auto assists gear shift indicator

7. Manual gear selection indicator. Ever find yourself in fourth gear when you thought you were in sixth? The gear selection indicator keeps your revs from bumping into high.

8. Range. Even if your car isn't electric, knowing the range-to-empty helps you plan your fill-ups while you hunt for the discount gas station.

9. Outside Temperature. Even in an era of phones that also act as thermometers, seeing the ambient temperature on your dash in the morning allows you to calibrate your day.


  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated May 13 2013 02:04 PM ET
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