As of 2014, the top-rated remote car starters include the Viper 5301, Performance Teknique ICBM-7071, Drone from Compustar, Avital 4103 and Directed SmartStart GPS. The Viper 5301 earns top marks for its useful programmable options and ability to start vehicles from a distance of 2,000 feet.
The Viper 5301 has programmable options that allow drivers to lock doors, open windows and operate the sunroof. This remote starter uses ghost LED lights and sends the driver messages when tasks are complete. The Performance Teknique ICBM-7071 is the second system on the list and operates up to 3,000 feet away from the car. The remote starter has an audible car locator and the ability to start the air conditioner and turns headlights on or off to help the driver locate the vehicle.