Some automakers are worse than others when it comes to nickel-and-diming on options – we’re looking at you, Porsche. But pretty much every manufacturer inevitably buries notable equipment and yes, seriously helpful safety systems, into high-dollar option packages. This is the automotive equivalent of paying $150 for expanded cable TV with 200 channels just to get the two or three you really want, and frankly, it’s horse malarkey.
It’s one thing to stick something as basic as power seats into a super-expensive package filled with leather and a 20,000-speaker stereo system. Holding safety systems hostage, however, is borderline criminal. Why should a cost-conscious Chevrolet Blazer buyer have to pay $1,845 for the “Convenience and Driver Confidence Package” which comes with things such as heated seats and remote start, just to get the added security of blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert? Those aren’t convenience or confidence features, GM. Those are safety features. You should be ashamed for relegating potentially life-saving tech into an expensive package festooned with frivolous extras, all for a blatant cash grab.