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Cars The Most Worthless New Car Options  

Richard Rowe
119 votes 57 voters

Considering buying a new car? You're about to be faced with a laundry list of cool-sounding but crazy expensive extra options. But are they worth it? Seems like for all of the millions of factory and dealer options out there, most of them are utterly worthless cash sucks. 

That might be overstating things a little, but it also isn't too far off the mark. The fact is, a lot of car companies make far more on selling options, option packages, and useless, whiz-bang gizmotronics than they do manufacturing automobiles. Granted, some of these bad new car features don't seem so bad; but you might be surprised how many options are really nonsense add-ons whose sole "performance" contribution is reducing the weight of your wallet. Here's looking at you, carbon fiber cupholders of the world. 

When you head to the lot, try not to be seduced by these worthless dealer options.

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Heated Seats and Steering Whee... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Worthless New Car Options
Heated Seats and Steering Wheels Here's a fun fact: Mere minutes after sitting down, any car seat will automatically heat to a cozy 98.6 degrees. We call that nifty little feature "convection," and it's available as standard equipment anywhere the ...

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Nitrogen Filled Tires is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Worthless New Car Options
Nitrogen Filled Tires Nitrogen filling isn't the dumbest thing in the world for race cars. It's a noble gas, so your tire pressure won't go up when the rubber gets hot, or down on cold winter mornings. It also doesn't leak as fast as air, so it's ...

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Keyless Entry/Keyless Start is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Worthless New Car Options
Keyless Entry/Keyless Start Yes, that big "Start/Stop" button seems really racy, but this is just one of those pointlessly expensive options most people can do without. You could make a slightly better case for keyless entry as a convenience ...

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Matched Luggage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Worthless New Car Options
Matched Luggage You know what? Here's the thing: Just... don't. You'll never use the luggage, because the first time you do, someone will steal the bag carrying your hair product just to teach you a lesson about being such a tool.

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Super-Dub Rims is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Worthless New Car Options
Super-Dub Rims Rims sized 20 inches or larger are acceptable on four types of vehicles: motorcycles, tractor trailers, certain luxury SUVs, and Chrysler 300Cs. That's it. End of discussion. Anyone who puts dubs on anything else deserves what ...

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Navigation System is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Worthless New Car Options
Navigation System Nav systems aren't necessarily a bad idea - especially since these days there are people who couldn't use both hands to find their asses without GPS assistance. But if you're one of them, odds are good you already own a ...

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Carbon Fiber Interior Bits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Worthless New Car Options
Carbon Fiber Interior Bits Yes, unpainted carbon bits look sporty - but only in the same way that stickers and giant wings do. Plus, what's the point, really? Carbon absolutely does make sense as a replacement for structural steel and aluminum components; ...

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Radio With Bluetooth/USB/MP3 C... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Worthless New Car Options
Radio With Bluetooth/USB/MP3 Compatibility This is something that should have come standard on every car sold since 2010, but some companies still charge a thousand bucks or more for Bluetooth compatibility and USB ports in the armrests. Forget that noise. You can buy a ...

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Flappy Paddle Shifters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Worthless New Car Options
Flappy Paddle Shifters These things do have completely legitimate applications in some performance cars, particularly those with DSG gearboxes. But most of the time, these fun buttons are just kind of pointless and silly, especially if you have a ...

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Fog Lights is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Worthless New Car Options
Fog Lights This is one of those options that looks cool and seems to make sense. But, these days, it actually doesn't. Fog lights used to be a really important and functional feature back when it wasn't uncommon for cars to creep along at ...

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Garage Door Opener is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Worthless New Car Options
Garage Door Opener Can you believe they still even offer these things in cars? Come on, man. Don't even try to tell the world with a straight face that your garage door didn't come with a remote. You probably used it to program the completely ...

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Carbon Brakes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Worthless New Car Options
Carbon Brakes It's true that sintered carbon brakes are better than steel discs, in terms of resisting fade through overheating. It's practically impossible to overwork them. Unfortunately, carbon actually offers less initial bite, and a full ...