Though keyless door and trunk systems have been factory standard features on cars for years, the capabilities of remote car operations have increased drastically. With a remote car starter, you can not only start your vehicle from a distance, you can even activate your heater or air conditioning.
Whether you live in a sun-baked climate or frigid tundra, these devices give you the ability to regulate the environment of your car from your couch. Most systems today have two-way communication between the transmitter and remote telling you whether the car successfully started, your alarm just engaged, or the trunk opened because you sat on the remote.
We've chosen remote starters that offer reliable performance with at decent range and good basic features such as keyless entry. Some of our higher end picks even include two-way functionality with displays allowing for monitoring information such as the interior temperature of your vehicle. All of our selections are from trusted manufacturers, and we've included picks to meet every price range.
The Viper 4706V remote start system offers plenty of convenience in a slim and easy-to-use package. The two-way display remote allows you to monitor your car, even showing you the interior temperature. Read Full Review
The Viper 4706V remote start system incorporates a two-way remote with a display, and a one-way remote with five buttons. These remotes are rechargeable and extremely slim with Viper claiming they’re the slimmest display remotes on the market.
The system can be paired up with two cars and includes standard features such as remote door locks and a trunk release. It also allows you to check information such as the temperature inside the car, as well as set a timer so you can decide how long you want to leave the car running.
This reliable remote start system can be had for a very budget-friendly price, making it an excellent value choice. The Avital 4103 offers excellent basic functionality and plenty of essential features. Read Full Review
As a budget-friendly option from a reputable company, it's no surprise that the Avital 4103 is a popular choice. This remote start system covers all the basics, with two compact four-button remotes and plenty of features.
Although it's usually best to get these systems professionally installed, this remote start system is favored by professionals, who say it’s simple to install and works very well. Features include keyless entry, trunk release, timer mode, and a panic mode. Although basic, this affordable remote start system comes from a good company offers excellent value.
This remote start system is a solid overall choice, with excellent basic functionality and a laundry list of features. The Python 4106P can be found for a good price at most major online retailers. Read Full Review
The Python 4106P is an excellent remote start system from one of the leading manufacturers of car alarm systems. This remote starter comes with two one-way remotes, each with five buttons and slim in design. This system has multiple features beyond the basic remote start functionality, including multiple functions for remote start itself such as timer start.
Other features include keyless entry, trunk release, car finder, and the option for progressive driver's side unlocking. The Python 4106P remote starter system is compatible with manual transmissions, comes with three auxiliary outputs, the functional range is decent, and it’s reasonably priced.
The Bulldog RS1100B is a good choice for someone who doesn't need a lot of range or wants to pay a lot for their remote start system. This system includes a surprising amount of features for the price, making it a good value overall. Read Full Review
The Bulldog RS1100B remote start system comes with a single four-button remote, with dedicated start and stop buttons and multiple features. Essential features include programmable runtime, keyless entry, trunk release, and a "pit stop" feature which allows you to leave the car running while you exit it briefly without the risk of theft.
This affordable system comes with installation instruction video with the goal of helping you to save money by doing it yourself. However, installation can still be a bit difficult if you're not familiar with these system types. Although the starters range is fairly short at around 400 feet, this is a solid choice for a basic remote start system.
If you just want a basic and affordable remote start system without the added cost of multiple special features, the Viper 4105V is an excellent choice. Although this remote starter doesn't have the longest range, nor features beyond keyless entry, it’s reliable and affordable. Read Full Review
This entry-level remote start system from Viper sacrifices range and fancy remotes in order to be budget-friendly. The Viper 4105V remote start system comes with two four-button remotes that are simple to use, and basic features such as keyless entry and SmartStart compatibility. A trunk release feature is missing, but if you simply want a very basic remote starter, this is a good choice to avoid having to pay extra for all the bells and whistles.