Head-up displays, which project information above the dashboard for the driver to see without looking down, first appeared in production cars more than 30 years ago. In recent years, the feature has become more popular and HUDs now are factory options for many mainstream vehicles as well as tech-loaded luxury yachts.
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If you want a HUD in your car and are in the market for a new ride, we’ve put together a list of model-year 2022 vehicles that offer an HUD in some form — and they take many: They can be as bare-bones as coded warning lights projected onto the windshield. Some less expensive units display speed and limited driving data onto a clear plastic pop-up panel ahead of the instrument cluster. Increasingly, HUDs include color translucent displays that seem to float on or ahead of the windshield. These vary in size and typically have adjustable height and brightness settings as well as making the information displayed customizable, typically including a selection of driving, navigation and possibly even infotainment data, such as the name of a song that’s playing.
More Real Than Real
The next frontier for HUDs is augmented reality displays. These take the floating flat image and give it three dimensions, adding computerized elements that appear to be in the real world you see through the windshield.
Mercedes-Benz has been a pioneer in this field, with a system in its new S-Class and EQS flagship sedans. The head-up display adds AR information like a floating arrow for the navigation that appears to hover in the distance at the turn you need to make, or markers in the lane where you should position the vehicle (similar AR images also can appear on a central touchscreen live video). For visual learners, Mercedes has posted video of the HUD in action.
How Much Is Too Much?
The safety promise of this technology, pioneered in military aircraft, is that having information at eye level could be less distracting and keep the driver looking at the road. But there is no research consensus on that, nor on which types of systems or how much data would be best. And safety regulators, while concerned about distracted driving, have not set HUD rules. Before you drop a bundle for such technology, you should try the system you’re considering to see if it works for you. Is it too simple, or not simple enough, in what it displays? Can it be positioned to suit your driving position and be adjusted for brightness? And if you wear polarized sunglasses, can you still see the HUD?
The List Keeps Growing
Despite some questions, the list of new models and redesigns with HUD options keeps growing. New for 2022, for example, is Toyota’s redone Tundra pickup, Acura’s updated MDX SUV and Jeep’s all-new Wagoneer. And vehicles with newly available HUDs coming for 2023 include such varied models as Nissan’s new electric Ariya, Cadillac’s electric Lyriq, BMW’s electric i7, Subaru’s BRZ and Toyota’s redone Sequoia. A few 2023 models with HUDs already are on sale now, including Acura’s new Integra sedan, Mazda’s new CX-50 SUV and the new electric Genesis GV60. Stay tuned for our comprehensive 2023 list.
2022 Cars With Head-Up Displays
Below are the model-year 2022 vehicles that offer HUDs standard, as stand-alone options or in a package. These models, ordered alphabetically by brand, are listed by their root nameplates and might include related versions and powertrains. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, for example, includes sedan, wagon and coupe variants, and the BMW X5 includes plug-in hybrid and M performance versions. We do, however, break out related models that are clearly differentiated, such as Land Rover’s Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Keep in mind that HUDs can be pricey options and that some are available only after you move up to more expensive trim levels.
- Discovery Sport
- Range Rover
- Range Rover Evoque
- Range Rover Sport
- Range Rover Velar
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