And what is optional today could well become standard tomorrow, such as anti-lock brakes which will soon be legally required on every new car.
In the UK, the Volkswagen Group has been hit by three separate recalls covering windscreen wipers and anti-lock brake systems.
It is thirsty, hefty and devoid of interventionist driver aids beyond anti-lock brakes and a simple, easily-turned-off traction control.
They're unlike other technologies that we see coming onto markets, including technologies that save lives, such as airbags and anti-lock brakes in cars, which are now quite affordable.
Thus, today, there is growing use of safer, anti-lock brakes in automobiles and other motor vehicles.
But we can tell you that the outdoorsy type is more likely than the average American to own a car that's equipped with airbags and anti-lock brakes.
The anti-lock brakes come on - fine, I steer away from that car on the corner that I almost smashed.
Front side airbags are available as an option and anti-lock brakes are standard on the van.
With nine airbags as standard, anti-lock brakes and a battalion of advanced electronic stability, braking and traction controls, Lexus is hoping the RX will score a five-star Euro NCAP crash test result.
If you have never driven a car with anti-lock brakes, be sure to get training on proper use.