10 Tech-Savviest Cars Starting Under $20,000 (2015)

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10 Tech-Savviest Cars Starting Under $20,000 (2015)

It's pretty easy to go high tech on a low budget nowadays. The cutting-edge car technology of just a couple years ago is now available on many mainstream models, even included as standard equipment in many cases. Although most of the cars on this list top out north of $20,000 when fully loaded with all the bells and whistles, they all boast a starting Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price of less than $20,000 as of May 2015. (Well, one starts at $20,039.)

Dodge's Uconnect system is one of the most intuitive infotainment systems out there. The version offered in the Dart runs through an 8.4-inch touchscreen, the biggest screen available in the compact car segment.

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price as of May 2015
Starting Price: $16,076
With Every Tech and Feature Upgrade: About $27,000

The Corolla's Entune infotainment system offers a wide array of mobile apps, accessed through an easy-to-use interface. Available Entune features include Bluetooth, navigation, HD weather and traffic info, plus easy ways to access apps such as OpenTable restaurant reservations and Pandora internet radio.

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price as of May 2015
Starting Price: $15,942
With Every Tech and Feature Upgrade: About $21,500

The Forte's long list of available tech touches is one of its most compelling strong points. Available LED accent lights and taillights enhance curb appeal, while the optional heated steering wheel and heated/ventilated driver's seat help deliver class-above comfort. The available UVO connectivity system makes it easy to manage phone use and music, and will even let you send destinations to the car's navigation system from your computer.

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price as of May 2015
Starting Price: $15,625
With Every Tech and Feature Upgrade: About $24,500

Subaru's Impreza comes with standard all-wheel drive and a rearview camera, as much of the company's technology focuses on safety. For example, the available EyeSight driver assist technology includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and pre-collision braking. Subaru also offers four different multimedia systems, offering a range of capabilities from smartphone integration to voice-controlled navigation.

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price as of May 2015
Starting Price: $17,913
With Every Tech and Feature Upgrade: About $25,000

Nissan's funky, cool hatchback is the only one in its class that's offered with the excellent Around View Monitor, a system we find especially helpful every time we back out of a parking space. Other tech options include hands-free texting, Bluetooth connectivity and one-touch Pandora internet radio capability.

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price as of May 2015
Starting Price: $13,776
With Every Tech and Feature Upgrade: About $19,000

Jeep's newest SUV comes onto the market with an optional 7-inch driver information display, digital speedometer, Rear Park Assist and Uconnect, one of our favorite infotainment and connectivity systems. This highly intuitive way to access music and navigation is available with Wi-Fi and it also makes it easy to connect a smartphone.

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price as of May 2015
Starting Price: $18,253
With Every Tech and Feature Upgrade: About $32,000

The all-new Trax is the least-expensive SUV in Chevrolet's stable and one of the most affordable cars to offer built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, providing dedicated internet access and turning the car into a Wi-Fi hotspot that can support as many as seven devices up to 50 feet away. The Trax also comes standard with a rear-view camera and the easy-to-use Chevy MyLink infotainment system, and is available with Siri Eyes Free for easier and more robust voice control of your iPhone.

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price as of May 2015
Starting Price: $20,039 ($39 more than our $20,000 cutoff, but well within the spirit of the list) 
With Every Tech and Feature Upgrade: About $28,000

The Civic has a higher starting price than some of the other cars in its segment, but that's because it comes with a lot of standard equipment, including a bevy of tech features. You get Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, text-to-voice message reading, Pandora integration and a 5-inch customizable LCD screen. Cool tech options include LaneWatch, HondaLink and Honda HD Digital Traffic.

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price as of May 2015
Starting Price: $17,214
With Every Tech and Feature Upgrade: About $23,000

The Honda Fit offers many of the same features that earned its Civic big brother a spot on this list, but at a lower price. The Fit is the only subcompact car available with a blind-spot camera -- Honda's LaneWatch -- and its impressive standard equipment list includes a multi-angle backup camera, 5-inch color LCD screen and an exceptionally flexible second-row seat that's worth mentioning here, even if it isn't exactly a tech feature.

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price as of May 2015
Starting Price: $15,656
With Every Tech and Feature Upgrade: About $21,000

Not only is the Mazda3 stylish and a hoot to drive, but it's also the tech-savviest new car with a starting price under $20,000. Offering a full suite of easy-to-use multimedia options, the Mazda3 is also the most affordable car you can get with an infotainment controller in the center console, like what you would find in an Audi or BMW. It's also the least expensive car to offer a head-up display, although you'll be well north of $20,000 at that point.

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price as of May 2015
Starting Price: $16,613
With Every Tech and Feature Upgrade: About $29,000

 

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