January 13, 2020 | Hunter Lea
Our list for 2020 includes a mix of sensible purchases that make keeping your car running and in good condition less of a hassle, and a few because they’re just too cool not to include! We want that upgraded car life to be accessible to enthusiasts and casual commuters alike which means every item on our list is easy to install, solves a real problem, and adds style & luxury to your ride.
WITH THAT, HERE’S A LIST OF THE 10 COOLEST CAR ACCESSORIES TO KEEP LAST YEAR’S CAR RELEVANT IN 2020.
1. DIAGNOSTIC CODE READER
Give your car the routine checkup it deserves at home with a Foseal diagnostic code reader that comes with its own wifi network. PSA: now’s a good time to schedule your own health check, because humans don’t come with check engine lights. $20.
2. KATANA SHIFTER KNOB
Did anyone else watch Sturgill Simpson’s “Sound & Fury” last year and get inspired? No? Just us? Well, here’s an absurdly overstated katana shifter knob anyway, because who doesn’t appreciate the futuristic samurai muscle car apocalypse vibes? $30.
3. 6-PORT SHAREABLE CAR CHARGER
You don’t have to be a rideshare driver to end up with more passengers and dying mobile devices than you have charge ports. Keep everyone fully charged, connected, and happy with a 6-port shareable car charger. $40.
4. WIRELESS CHARGING PHONE MOUNT
If you were lucky enough to get a new smart phone with wireless charging in your stocking, you can swap the old car charger/hands-free-mount duo for an affordable, integrated solution like this one by VANMASS. Less cable, less mess, less distracted driving. $45.
Frantically searching for lost car keys isn’t a good look on anyone. Keep your cool with Tile, the bluetooth-enabled devices for keeping track of things. The new Essential’s bundle includes four of their newest devices and can attach to pretty much anything you wouldn’t want to lose (including bipedal offspring). $50.
6. SEAT BACK PANEL ORGANIZER
Eat your heart out, Marie Kondo! This one’s for the road trips, daily commutes, and weekend adventures that demand you keep the essentials on hand but out of the way. Seat back panel organizers with modular pouches by Blue Ridge Overland Gear let you mix, match, and upgrade to meet your ever-changing needs. $60.
7. EBC BRAKE PADS
The technology in your stock brake calipers is already pretty advanced, so there’s no need for spendy ‘race-ready’ caliper upgrades. Upgrading your brake pads is the most direct way to enhance the quality and safety of your ride. A ceramic set like these EBC Brakes pads are a high friction, low heat fade option that performs well under even the most aggressive street conditions and produces minimal brake dust. $90.
8. HANDPRESSO 12V
Honestly, we didn’t know we needed a handheld espresso machine with 12V power until we saw one! Cure your under-caffeinated blues with a Handpresso 127015 12V Auto Hybrid. $160.
9. YETI COOLER
Keep cool things even cooler with the best in cool stuff: Yeti. The Roadie 20 hard cooler has enough volume and insulation to keep your drinks at optimal temperatures for consumption, fits in between the seats, and double as a seat when you get where you’re going. $200.
10. CUSTOM BRAKE CALIPER COVERS
Again, it’s about the little things here. Upgrade the look of your car from top to bottom and protect your investment with enhanced heat dissipation and brake dust reduction.These affordable bolt-on upgrades are licensed with most major car manufacturers and won’t void the warranty on your stock brakes! Yep, warranties are still cool in 2020. $199 – $500.