More and more car shoppers are interested in high-tech features and gadgets when they buy a new car. Automakers know that — and so more and more new cars are filled with high-tech features and gadgets. And not just expensive cars: Our latest list rounds up eight awesome high-tech cars you can buy today for a budget-friendly $35,000 or less — and you might be surprised just how much futuristic equipment you’ll get in every model we’ve named.
The Chevy Bolt is a fully electric compact car that starts around $37,500 with shipping. While that would normally make it too expensive for our list, the Bolt has some tricks up its sleeve: Dealer discounts are reported, and most shoppers can take advantage of tax credits from the federal government (up to $7,500) and state governments, which can easily bring the price under $30,000. For that reasonable figure, the Bolt can travel an amazing 238 miles on electric power alone, which is a cool enough high-tech feature — but it also includes a long list of excellent standard equipment like xenon headlights, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, keyless ignition and entry, and a useful 10.2-inch touchscreen.
The new Chevy Cruze starts right around $18,000 — a figure that leaves a lot of room in our budget to add tech features. That’s a good thing, because you can add a truly impressive array of technology to the Cruze. Opt for an upscale Premier model, for instance, and you can get blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, heated rear seats, wireless device charging, automatic high-beam control, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, a 9-speaker Bose sound system and an 8-in touchscreen. That list of equipment reads like something from an expensive Mercedes-Benz model just a few short years ago — but a Cruze equipped with all those items won’t even top $30,000 with shipping.
If you’re looking for a high-tech way to carry your whole family, the new Chrysler Pacifica might be worth considering. The Pacifica starts at just under $30,000 with options, and it replaces the aging Chrysler Town & Country. Even the base-level Pacifica has a lot of technology, touting Bluetooth, tri-zone climate control, a 5-in center touchscreen and Uconnect with voice commands. But our $35,000 budget should be able to get you a “Touring L” model, which also adds gadgets like blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a remote engine starter, a power liftgate and automatic climate control. The Pacifica is a high-tech way to transport your family at a budget-friendly price.
2018 Ford Mustang
We never thought we’d be adding a Ford Mustang to a list of high-tech cars — but hear us out. The Mustang, which has been thoroughly updated for 2018, starts around $26,000 with shipping. While that number doesn’t include much technology, it leaves a lot of room to spring for cutting-edge Mustang extras like automatic high-beam control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, configurable interior colors and a “Track Apps” package that can measure just about any performance metric — features we never thought we’d see in a Mustang. Of course, the Mustang also boasts its traditional impressive performance and thrilling styling. The only caveat: Although the 2017 Mustang has a lot of tech in its own right, our list of high-tech cars specifically includes the even more advanced 2018 model, which reaches dealers in October.
If you’ve known previous Honda CR-V models, you probably think of the compact crossover as a reliable way to get from Point A to Point B. But the new model now offers a surprisingly high level of desirable high-tech features and gadgets — especially within the $35,000 price range, as that figure will buy you a CR-V Touring (which starts at $33,000 with shipping). The Touring’s list of equipment is amazing, boasting LED headlights, automatic wipers, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Audio, and Honda’s impressive list of advanced safety features, which includes automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning with automatic braking.
Although Subaru has never been a technology leader in the past — instead preferring to focus on durable, practical cars geared toward simplicity — the latest Subaru Impreza changes that. The newly redesigned Impreza starts around $19,400, and for that figure, you get a durable, practical model — like the Impreza models of old. If you want more, however, you can have it: Opt for a fully equipped Impreza Limited and you’ll get automatic climate control, an 8-in touchscreen and Subaru’s “EyeSight” suite of safety features, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic forward-collision braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and reverse automatic braking.
2018 Toyota Camry
The all-new 2018 Toyota Camry is just starting to arrive in dealerships — and shoppers especially interested in a high-tech car at a budget-friendly price should be pleased to hear that. That’s because the new Camry starts at just $24,400 — but drivers who want futuristic equipment can get a lot of it for under $35,000. That figure can buy you a 2018 Camry XLE, which includes Toyota’s latest Entune infotainment system, Toyota’s “Safety Sense” package with blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert with braking, LED headlights, wireless device charging, a 10-in heads-up display, automatic high beams and lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist. There’s even an optional 360-degree camera system, which is a rarity on midsize sedans. The new Camry’s technology is amazing — and shoppers with a $35,000 budget will be pleased that they can check virtually every box.