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Great Used Cars With Automatic Braking and Other Active Safety Features for 2019

Today, new cars with automatic braking and other active safety features are a dime a dozen. This technology consists of things like lane-departure warning, automatic high beams and blind spot monitoring, all of which serve to decrease the likelihood of a collision, hence the reason we call them “active” safety features as opposed to “passive” safety features, which protect you only once the collision has happened. While most of these features have gone mainstream heading into the 2020 model year, certain automakers introduced them prior to others, and we think some of the vehicles that got them early on now present a unique value on the used market. Here we’ll take a look at some great used cars with automatic emergency braking and other active safety features here in 2019.

Toyota RAV4

2017-or-Newer Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 is an excellent compact SUV offering great reliability, space and safety. While an all-new model was introduced for the 2019 model year, the outgoing RAV4 became the best-selling vehicle in the United States during its time on sale. While upper trims offered the technology for the 2016 model year, starting with 2017, all trim levels of the RAV4 gained Toyota’s suite of active safety features, known as Toyota Safety Sense, as standard on all trim levels. This consisted of forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection was also available. Right now on Autotrader, there are well over 1,000 used 2017-or-newer RAV4s to choose from, many of which are listed for around $20,000 or less. Find a Toyota RAV4 for sale

Toyota Corolla

2017-or-Newer Toyota Corolla

Just like the RAV4, the Corolla gained Toyota Safety Sense as standard for the 2017 model year. While technically a compact, the Corolla offered over these years comes with a surprising amount of space inside and an efficient powertrain. Currently on Autotrader, there are well over 1,000 used 2017 or 2018 Corollas listed for around $15,000 or less, all of which offer the added security of automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams — an extremely convenient feature for anyone who does a lot of driving at night. Find a Toyota Corolla for sale

Toyota Prius

2016-or-Newer Toyota Prius

If you’re noticing a trend toward Toyota products on this list, it’s because Toyota was an industry-leader with regard to making active features standard on products throughout its lineup. One of those is the Toyota Prius. Toyota Safety Sense became available as part of a package offered on upper trims of the Prius as part of the vehicle’s redesign for the 2016 model year, and became standard heading into the 2017 model year. In addition to offering great safety technology, a 2017 Prius (or an appropriately optioned 2016 example) will return exceptional fuel economy, offering Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings of 54 miles per gallon in the city, 50 mpg on the highway and 52 mpg in combined driving. Given that they’re so efficient, Priuses hold their value quite well, but buyers can still find over 300 2017-or-newer examples listed on Autotrader for $20,000 or less. Find a Toyota Prius Prime for sale

Subaru Legacy

2013-or-Newer Subaru Legacy and Outback

Subaru was one of the earliest companies to integrate active safety tech into its vehicles with its EyeSight system that came to the U.S. back in 2013 and included pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning. The first vehicles to receive this technology were higher trims of the Legacy and Outback, but the features quickly made their way down to lower trim levels and were available on everything but the base models starting in 2014. Beyond this, both the Legacy and Outback offer standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and efficient powertrains, and in the case of the Outback, a raised ride height and practical station wagon proportions. There are currently loads of used Legacy and Outback models listed for sale on Autotrader — many of which come with EyeSight and are listed for around $15,000, or even less. Find a Subaru Legacy for sale

Honda CR-V

2015-or-Newer Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V was made available with active safety technology back in 2015, when it gained forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and a lane-departure warning system. Originally only offered on top-of-the-line Touring models, this technology trickled down over the years and by 2017 had made its way to middle-trim EX models. Beyond this, the CR-V offers excellent crash test ratings, a comfortable ride and loads of space. Right now on Autotrader, there around 250 2015-or-newer Honda CR-Vs equipped with active safety technology listed for around $20,000 or less. Find a Honda CR-V for sale

2015-or-Newer Ford F-150

When the redesigned Ford F-150 went on sale for the 2015 model year, it brought with it a slew of new safety technology that had never before been offered on a pickup. This included collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, a park assist system, automatic high beams and a 360-degree camera system. While these features are great to have, they aren’t mandatory as they’re available as part of a package on most trims. One thing for buyers to note: There was a recall on F-150’s adaptive cruise control system back in 2015, so make sure any truck you’re considering purchasing has had the required fixes completed. As part of its redesign, the F-150 moved to an all-aluminum construction for the 2015 model year, and is available with a number of different powertrains, some of which are turbocharged, and in just about any body style configuration you could want. Find a Ford F-150 for sale

Chevrolet Impala

2014-or-Newer Chevrolet Impala

If you’re looking for a big, comfortable sedan with active safety technology, the Impala offered it as far back as the 2014 model year. In its range-topping LTZ trim, and later on as an option package available on lower trims, the Impala came with adaptive cruise control, forward-collision alert with automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection and rear parking sensors. The best part is that even back in 2014, the Impala’s adaptive cruise control had full-speed functionality, meaning that it could bring the vehicle to a full stop in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and get it going again once traffic had started moving. Right now on Autotrader, there are over 1,000 2014-or-newer Impalas listed for $20,000 or less, many of which are selling for closer to $15,000. Find a Chevrolet Impala for sale

2017-or-Newer Hyundai Elantra

As far back as the 2017 model year, the Hyundai Elantra offered active safety features like blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights and lane-keeping assist. That said, none of these features were standard. While blind spot monitoring was available on lower trims, the rest of this tech required that buyers opt for the top-spec Elantra Limited with the Ultimate package, which came with leather seats, a memory driver’s seat and more. Given that the Elantra’s available active safety features are only offered on its top trim, it might seem like there wouldn’t be a lot to choose from on the used market, but you’d be surprised — there are currently close to 1,000 2017-or-newer Hyundai Elantras listed for sale on Autotrader, and a lot of these come with the Ultimate package. While you won’t have as many model years to choose from as some of the other vehicles on this list, we find the feature-packed Elantra to be a great overall value, especially on the used market. Find a Hyundai Elantra for sale

Nissan Murano

2015-or-Newer Nissan Murano

The Murano is a stylish midsize SUV offering room for five. When it was redesigned for the 2015 model year, Nissan made a Technology Package available on SL and Platinum trims that added forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. These features were made standard for 2018. From 2015 to 2017, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection and a 360-degree camera system were exclusive to the SL and Platinum trims, but were added to the SV trim for 2018. Currently on Autotrader, there are loads of used 2015-or-newer Murano Platinum and SV models listed for sale, around 200 of which can be had for around $20,000 or less. Find a Nissan Murano for sale


2015-or-Newer Mazda3

One of our favorite used cars with automatic braking, the Mazda3 first became available with this technology back in 2015, and the company dubbed it “Smart City Brake Support.” To get this feature, though, you had to opt for a top-of-the-line Mazda3 s in the Grand Touring trim — later model years saw the feature added on lesser trims, along with other tech like lane-departure warning and automatic high beams. We love the last-generation Mazda3 for its attractive styling, upscale cabin, excellent driving dynamics and the available hatchback body style. There are currently over 150 2015-or-newer Mazda3 s Grand Touring models listed for sale on Autotrader, many of which are listed for under $15,000, making for a great value. Find a Mazda3 for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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