You could argue that the CD player could just as likely belong on this list. With the popularity of MP3 players and satellite radio, CDs are fading and cassette decks are all put a distant memory.
Some automakers, such as Lexus, still offer vehicles with cassette decks, but more and more are focusing on new technology. According to the market research firm iSuppli, USB ports were available on 25 percent of all 2009 vehicles, up from 12 percent in 2008, and iPod interfaces were offered on a full third of all 2009 models.
Apple, meanwhile, claims that around 80 percent of cars have iPod compatibility, although the company includes even simple line-in jacks that work with everything from iPods to old Walkman cassette players.
Today's drivers have become so reliant on power everything that a Florida woman called 911 in 2009 because she was stuck inside her powerless car unable to figure out how to unlock the doors.
The fact is the days of the old manual "pull-up" locks are just about gone. In a time where many people don't even use a key to enter or start their cars, the manual lock is just about extinct.
Again, like the crank windows, the manual lock seems to have found a final holdout in economy models, as some automakers seek to limit auto features to only the most essential items in their cheapest models. If you're buying Kia Rio, for instance, you will only get power locks as a standard feature in the more expensive SX version.
But even those numbers are waning. Cars that used to feature manual locks as a standard feature, including the Toyota Corolla and lower-priced models of the Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent, have all shifted to standard power locks.
Yes, today's driver has likely forgotten entirely, if they ever knew, what it was like to have to stretch across into the backseat to unlock the rear passenger side door.
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