Ride in Style: 10 Best Car Accessories for 2020

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Jane Taylor in Fashion

Last updated: 09 January 2020, 09:04 GMT

When you're on the road, being prepared for anything is important. And the best way you can prepare for anything while on the road is by kitting out your vehicle with accessories and gear to meet any situation head-on. Here is a list of the ten best car accessories we've found that you can get for 2020 and beyond.

Car Accessories: What You Should Know


1. Why Should I Accessorize My Car?

Whether we're talking about battery chargers, jumper cables, phone adapters or even decor, car accessories aren't just a way to prepare for unforeseen circumstances. They can also be a way to help you personalize your vehicle and make it unique. For example, having a GPS or dashcam can help you add a bit of sophistication to your dashboard, while little things like air fresheners, seat covers, and decorations add personalized touches that tell a lot about the owner.

Also, there's the factor of common sense. Having a set of jumper cables or a first aid kit in your trunk might seem like common sense if you think about it (a big thumbs up if you have those), but you'd be surprised as to just how many people don't view it that way, or view such things as an unnecessary expense. Being prepared with the best car accessories can mean the difference between being late for work or being on time, or missing a son's football game and being there for the kick-off.

2. What Kind of Accessories Should I Look for?

To put it simply, there's no single answer to that question. What one might need from car accessories can change from person to person. Some people might have already kitted out their car or truck, while others have just driven it off of the lot. To determine what exactly you might need in your car in terms of safety equipment or accessories, we advise thinking critically about what situations you might conceivably face, and what equipment or accessories you will need to overcome them.

How We Reviewed

To help come to our conclusions regarding the products listed below, we conducted both in-depth reviews of the listed products and studied various user and customer reviews on Amazon and other sites to help us determine the best car accessories of each type.

Overall Price Range

Because this article covers a broad range of items instead of giving several examples of one kind of item, it would be impossible to give a price range. However, we can say with confidence that you get what you pay for, so to speak. How much use you may get from a given item depends on the quality, and that depends on the price. We recommend conducting your own research in regard to important purchasing decisions, especially when looking for the best car accessories that fit your needs.

The 10 Best Car Accessories of 2020 and Beyond


  1. Schumacher Fully Automatic Battery Charger

  2. HUDWAY Glass

  3. Ztylus Stinger USB Emergency Escape Tool

  4. Armor All 12V Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum

  5. FOBO Tire Plus

  6. Handpresso

  7. SCOSCHE ReVolt Compact Dual Port USB Fast Car Charger

  8. Automatic Connected Car Assistant

  9. Tile Mate

  10. BACtrack S80 Breathalyzer

Promoted Recommendations

 

Schumacher Fully Automatic Battery Charger


Features

Schumacher is a brand that carries a lot of weight in the automotive world. Their SC1281 Automatic Battery Charger is a portable solution to keeping your battery topped up, making it one of the best car accessories on this list. The SC1281 is a 6/12V, 100A charger with plenty of features: a built-in battery and alternator tester, multi-stage charging and auto voltage detection, and reverse hook-up protection. The charger has plenty of oomph, giving you the power to jumpstart even massive batteries for SUVs and trucks.

Pros

  • Reverse hook-up protection
  • Inexpensive and portable
  • Auto-voltage detection
  • Built-in tester
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Somewhat slow to charge

Price: $

HUDWAY Glass


Features

Keeping your eyes on the road and being an attentive driver is important. Conditions on the road can change in a split second, and being able to react is important. That's why we like HUDWAY Glass since it gives your smartphone heads-up display capabilities. Using the Glass, you can keep your eyes on the road while still being able to use your GPS navigations apps for guidance.

Pros

  • Encourages distraction-free driving
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • The display doesn't work on some road and lighting conditions
  • Only works with smaller smartphones

Price: $

Ztylus Stinger USB Emergency Escape Tool


Features

In the worst-case scenario of an accident, being able to escape your vehicle as quickly as possible is paramount. However, this can become complicated by pinned doors and jammed seat belts. Therefore, having a universal tool that can help get you out of an unfortunate situation can literally mean the difference between life and death.

The Ztylus Stinger is a combination tool that combines a seatbelt cutter, window breaker, and a USB hub into one device that plugs into a car's charging port. This keeps the Stinger within arm's reach, no matter the situation. And when plugged in, it acts as a two-port USB charger for your devices.

Pros

  • Combination belt cutter and window breaker
  • Two USB charging ports
  • Small and lightweight

Cons

  • Might be entangled by USB cables in an emergency

Price: $

Promoted Recommendations

 

Armor All 12V Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum


Features

Let's face it: It's not a matter of if messes will happen in your car, truck or SUV, it's a matter of when. And when it happens, you will want a small and powerful way to clean up life's little messes. Enter the Armor All Shop-Vac. This 12V vacuum is small and powerful and can clean up messes both wet or dry.

The vacuum's bungee cord can stretch to an impressive length and plugs right into any of your vehicle's charging ports. Being able to clean up life's messes in a pinch earns it a spot on this list of the best car accessories.

Pros

  • Lightweight and easy to use
  • Small and compact design
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Fairly short range

Price: $

FOBO Tire Plus


Features

For tire pressure, taking and keeping accurate measurements can be a little tricky. Typically, it requires using a pressure gauge to test the air pressure on each tire, one at a time. This cool gadget takes a lot of the hassle and complexity out of this process, allowing you to check the air pressure of your tires in real-time and with the press of a button. Using Bluetooth, the monitor allows you to keep track of tire pressure in up to 19 cars, all from a single smartphone app. What's better, you can install the entire kit can without professional help.

Pros

  • Monitor up to 19 vehicles simultaneously
  • Works wirelessly through Bluetooth
  • Real-time monitoring

Cons

  • Relatively short battery life on sensors

Price: $$

Handpresso


Features

Here's something we didn't know we wanted: Instant, portable espresso. The Handpresso is a cool little portable travel gadget that, with a little prep work, lets you make espresso from the comfort of your car while on the go. In just a few minutes, you can prepare rich, cafe-quality Espresso from your car.

Pros

  • Small and compact form factor
  • Simple and easy to use

Cons

  • Somewhat pricey

Price: $$

SCOSCHE ReVolt Compact Dual Port USB Fast Car Charger


Features

For powering your gadgets on the go, the obvious solution is using a simple USB adapter that plugs into one of your vehicle's charging ports. We've found that this SCOSCHE USB charger is exactly what we're looking for: It's cheap, has two ports, and is unobtrusive, fitting nearly flush into the port itself. A must-have, in our opinion.

Pros

  • Dual USB Ports
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Feels a little flimsy

Price: $

Promoted Recommendations

 

Automatic Connected Car Assistant


Features

Automatic's Connected Car Assistant is useful to the point of being a virtual necessity. This humble little black and blue box allows you to interface with your vehicle it a way you wouldn't think possible. Providing 24/7 monitoring, real-time tracking, crash assistance, vehicle diagnostics and many other bits of information, you'll wonder what you did without it.

Pros

  • Compatible with all new cars
  • Real-time tracking and monitoring
  • Crash assistance service

Cons

  • Works only in cars after 1996
  • No international service

Price: $

Tile Mate


Features

The Tile Mate is a useful tool that can help you find your keys after you've forgotten where you put them. Using a compact wireless Bluetooth tracker that can easily loop onto key chains, phone lanyards or just about anything you can attach it to, you can keep track of things with the press of a button in the handy smartphone app.

Pros

  • Small and compact form factor
  • Easily attachable to things

Cons

  • Short battery life

Price: $

BACtrack S80 Breathalyzer


Features

The last item on this list, BACtrack's S80 Breathalyzer is a portable grade breath tester that we feel can come in handy in certain situations. If you're worried about drinking and driving or want to make sure that your designated driver is squeaky clean, this is the tool for the job.

Pros

  • Professional grade
  • Decent battery life

Cons

  • Pricey

Price: $$

Promoted Recommendations

 

The Verdict


Whether it's cleaning up all those little messes, keeping your gear charged up, or making sure you're not driving drunk, there's plenty of little gadgets and accessories that can make driving easier for you or just give you the peace of mind you deserve. After reading this list of the best car accessories of 2020 and beyond, we hope you're persuaded to invest in sprucing up and kitting out your ride so you can face life head-on.




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