The Dreaded Parallel Parking Spot: 5 Cars that Make it So Much Easier

December 4, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

Let’s be honest, none of us enjoy parallel parking. If you’re driving a big sedan or SUV, it can even seem impossible. Thankfully, technology has made it easier. Manufacturers are now making cars equipped with park assist technology to help us find suitable parking spots and avoid collision. Some cars can even park themselves without any help from the driver.

Here are just a few examples of cars that make this part of life a little easier.

Nissan Infiniti EX

The Nissan Infiniti EX series uses cameras on the front, the sides, and the back of the car to decrease blind spots when parking in difficult parking locations. This camera system gives the driver a top-down, 360-degree view of the area surrounding the car to lower the risk of collision. Once you shift the car into reverse, the system engages automatically. It can also be turned on manually when driving at low speeds.

BMW 5 series

The BMW 5-Series is the first BMW to offer parking assistance. Unlike some of the older parking assist systems, the BMW 5-Series uses sonar, rather than cameras, to detect nearby obstacles or pedestrians. This can help you see if there’s any oncoming traffic when pulling out of tight spots or coming out of a parking garage. In addition to helping you park, this system can also help you find a suitable spot. When traveling at speeds less than 22 mph, the system will scan adjacent lanes for available parking.

Lexus LS

The Lexus LS is the first car in the U.S with the ability to park itself. All you have to do is pull up next to the space and position the car as if you were going to parallel park. The sonar system then measures the length of the space as well as your distance from other cars. Once the car is in reverse, you can push the parallel parking button and it’ll steer itself into the space. All you have to do is use the brakes to make sure the car is moving slow enough and then stop it once it’s in the space. Yes, it’s that easy.

Ford Focus

The Ford Focus uses the innovative new Full Assist Parking System to park your car for you whether you’re in the car or not. Once you find a suitable parking spot, you can either stay in the car or use a remote to trigger the parking system from outside the car. The Full Assist Parking System will automatically change gears, accelerate, brake, and steer all by itself. 

Google Self Driving Car

It would be irresponsible to not mention the Google Self Driving Car on this list. The parallel parking problem will be a thing of the past and the dreaded driving test will also be passed with ease. While it is important to learn how to parallel park, you might not have to worry very long about it if you have a problem doing so!

If you’re in the market for a new car with park assist technology, true car is here to help. With great pricing and expert sales associates, it can help you find the perfect match for your specific needs and budget. If you have any questions or just need someone to guide you through the buying process, call to speak with one of their trained sales associates.

So, with all that said, what car do you have your eyes on?