A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that new state-of-the-art infotainment systems distract drivers for potentially dangerous periods of time.
"Drivers using in-vehicle technologies like voice-based and touch screen features were visually and mentally distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message," the foundation found.
The study concluded that one in three U.S. adults use infotainment systems while driving their vehicles, which in turn could lead to dangerous consequences.
"When an in-vehicle technology is not properly designed, simple tasks for drivers can become complicated and require more effort from drivers to complete," said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Before you kick the tires on a new vehicle, know that these cars are considered to have the most distracting infotainment systems.
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Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi Q7 comes complete with Audi connect, which connects the vehicle to the Internet via the LTE standard. Passengers can surf the web and send and receive e-mail while using a variety of other applications.
Fiat Chrysler's Dodge Durango GT boasts a 7-inch Driver Information Digital Cluster Display for audio source information, fuel economy information, vehicle status, various alerts, and navigation.
General Motors' (GM - Get Report) GMC Yukon SLT comes equipped with the GMC IntelliLink, allowing drivers to stream music via Pandora (P) and SiriusXM (SIRI - Get Report) Satellite Radio with the touch of a button.
This Honda comes complete with a Linked Navigation system, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system Apple (AAPL - Get Report) CarPlay, power adjustable heated leather seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, and more.
The Mazda (MZDAF) 3 boasts the Mazda Connect infotainment system, but its "rather slow in responsiveness," according to Car and Driver.
Each 2017 Nissan (NSANY) Armada is outfitted with a standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment equipped with navigation and features a 13-speaker Bose sound system.
The Subaru boasts a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and a rearview camera.
The Volvo (VOLVY) XC60 T5 Inscription's infotainment system was called "clunky" by Car and Driver, and features an "awkward selector knob and a button-dense center stack."