It’s a busy world out there and consumers today want and need to stay connected while on the road. For those who need a vehicle that can serve as an office on wheels, here are 10 of the best 2015 vehicles (in our humble opinion) that can do just that.
2015 Audi Q3 – An all-new addition to the Audi lineup, the 2015 Audi Q3 compact luxury crossover SUV seats five passengers in style and comfort while it also provides a luxurious mobile office space. Highlights include a panoramic sunroof, heated 12-way power front leather seats, 60/40 split folding rear seats that deliver 43.2 cubic feet of volume when folded down, available power tailgate and interior LED lighting, keyless access and keyless start/stop functionality with Audi advanced key, optional MMI Navigation plus with voice control with 7.0-inch color display and color display to driver information system. In-vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity for up to eight wireless devices is included with MMI Navigation (standard in Prestige model). Audi connect also provides Google Earth maps for pinpoint aerial view of roads and the surrounding area. To keep driver and passengers entertained on the road, Prestige model also includes a 14-speaker, 465-watt Bose Surround Sound System.
2015 Cadillac ATS – The new addition to the ATS lineup this summer is the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe, featuring OnStar 4G LTE and the CUE suite of applications, called the CUE Collection, Siri Eyes Free (for users of iPhones with IOS 6 and IOS 7. Passengers (and the driver, when parked) can access the Internet through a Wi-Fi hotspot, which can handle up to seven devices.
Also, coming first in the 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan and coupe is the Powermat, which reduces clutter and adds function to this luxury office on wheels. Powermat enables a phone to simply rest on a rubberized mat while the phone’s battery is recharged by means of an electromagnetic field. No need for extra cords to get in the way. Very handy for traveling business people.
2015 – Getting and staying connected while on the road just got a little easier with the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan. The Malibu is the first of dozens of GM vehicles that will introduce the latest OnStar technology that features 4G LTE data connectivity. On the Malibu, this standard feature transforms the sedan into a mobile WiFi hotspot and it comes with a three-month/3GB trial period.
According to Chevrolet, OnStar with 4G LTE is 10 times faster than the previous OnStar system. This means drivers and passengers will have a much easier time staying connected and being entertained while on a business road trip. Pairable devices include properly equipped laptop computers, smartphones, video game consoles or tablets.
2016 – Yes, we snuck in something other than a 2015 model, but being all-new and loaded with high-tech, we just had to mention the 2015 Volvo XC90. The spacious, three-row crossover wagon features some neat technology that should appeal to road warriors. Buttons are replaced by a large tablet with touchscreen interface. What’s really impressive is the Sensus touchscreen interface, considered by many auto critics the most Apple-like interface outside of the . With fully-integrated apps for streaming audio, like Pandora, this Sensus version also has integrated concierge services – perfect for making last-minute business appointments.
2015 – A luxury family sedan, the 2015 Buick LaCrosse is also a good choice for a comfortable, quiet and capable office on wheels. Like its corporate sibling, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, along with several other 2015 Buick models, the LaCrosse offers OnStar 4G LTE connectivity. Connect up to seven mobile devices, such as smartphones and tables, all via the LaCrosse’s built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that works inside and around the car. This means driver and passengers can stay connected during fueling, rest stops, running errands, or in-between business appointments. Plan the drive route, upload videos, and stay on top of office assignments – all from the comfort of the Buick LaCrosse.
2015 – Redesigned just one year ago, the BMW X5 luxury midsize SUV that seats up to seven passengers continues to offer consumers high-tech connectivity and features sure to please even the most avid road warriors. Navigation is standard equipment on most models, and includes iDrive controller with its new touch-write surface for text entry, Palm Pilot-style, and BMW Apps (a connectivity suite that runs through an iPhone app. This permits users to hear Twitter and Facebook feeds, enjoy web-based audio systems, as well as tap into the popular Pandora and Stitcher apps. Buyers can choose from two premium audio systems, the Harman Kardon or the 16-speaker, 1,200-watt Bang & Olufsen. Other high-tech office-on-wheels options include a rear-seat twin-screen DVD entertainment system, night vision, parking assist and more.
2015 Kia K900 – A large, five-passenger luxury sedan, the 2015 Kia K900 is well-equipped to handle office-on-wheels duties. The K900 features the Korean automaker’s Uvo voice-command system, Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, a 9.2-inch display screen, a navigation system, front and rearview cameras and a 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound audio system with CD-player, iPod/USB interface and satellite and HD radio.
2015 Lexus ES – For 2015, the Lexus ES 360 and ES 330h hybrid, both of which are based on the architecture, offer comfort and traditional luxury that equates to a very luxurious office on wheels. Redesigned in 2014, the Lexus ES family has the interior dimensions of a large car with a back seat that’s roomy enough for three adults. In the front, and for the first time, Lexus offers optional extra thigh support for taller drivers, and the seat cushions are longer as well. Standard features include rear cross traffic alert and a pre-collision system.
Technology and convenience features are other options, most as part of packages. These include a hard-drive-based navigation system with voice command, premium Mark Levinson audio, a built-in backup camera system, and next-generation Enform with apps (Bing, Pandora, iHeartRadio, OpenTable, MovieTickets.com, Facebook Places and Yelp). In a partnership with Apple, Lexus offers ‘Siri Eyes Free Mode’ with a streamlined set of controls for iPhone users. The navigation system now has 3D maps, predictive traffic and voice commands that are much improved.
2015 – New on 2015 Nissan Altima 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL trims is the addition of the Technology package as standard equipment. This package includes a 7-inch touchscreen, voice controls, a navigation system and electronic safety features including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning. The NissanConnect Apps system provides support for many smartphone applications. It can accommodate multiple users by storing their individual profiles for app connectivity.
2015 – A minivan on the list of best office-on-wheels vehicles? You bet. But the 2015 Honda Odyssey isn’t just a minivan. It’s consistently been at the top of minivans period. Here are some of the Odyssey’s features that are just right for your mobile office. There’s an 8-inch color touchscreen audio interface, smartphone app integration, active noise cancellation, and a standard rearview camera. Opt for the Touring Elite and you get an upgraded rear-seat entertainment system (with widescreen video monitor and HDMI input) and premium 12-speaker surround-sound audio system with HD radio. An upgraded multi-angle rearview camera is standard on Touring and Touring Elite.