In the voice recognition category, I will give one qualified thumbs up to my 2013 VW Jetta which can recognize and pronounce call commands quite well with a lovely but cold English accent. It’s also good with people’s names (both recognizing and pronouncing). And this with the windows open.
A friend tells me that Alexa is fun to have around and he hacks little apps for himself and his kids. Apparently the log of questions/answers when the kids are left alone with it is quite hilarious.