For a few of us, the comfort and tech features included in a car are what really sets it over the top when compared to other cars. So, we took a look at what vehicles offer the most bang for your buck. Here’s which cars, trucks and SUVs include the most features and coolest tech features for lowest prices. Check out what vehicles made the top 5 list.
2016 Toyota Corolla
Starting MSRP: $17,300
Fuel Economy: 28 city/37 HWY
With all tech mentioned: $23,030
The Toyota Corolla is one known as one of the most reliable cars on the market – in fact 90% of all Toyota Corollas sold in the last ten years are still on the road today. The 2016 Corolla continues this tradition while spicing things up a little bit in terms of comfort and tech features. Our favorites include the automatic climate control and the Entune™ premium audio system. The automatic climate control lets you set your favorite temperature and your Corolla will automatically keep itself at that comfortable temp. That means not having to constantly mess with the dials to find the right temperature!
The available Entune™ Premium audio system has integrated navigation as well as an app suite that shows up on the 6.1-inch touchscreen display. The system gives you hands-free calling, Siri Eyes Free and music streaming through Bluetooth. You also get advanced voice recognition and smarter directions with the Entune™ Premium audio system. All of that on the touchscreen in the middle sounds like it’ll make driving that much easier.
The 2016 Toyota Corolla also includes some pretty neat features such as a 3.5 inch display on the instrument panel so you can see all the relevant information you need while driving at a quick glance. It also has a fluid dashboard styling to pull everything together. The available sofTex seats blend science and luxury with a sporty interior.
2016 Ford Focus
Starting MSRP: $17,225
Fuel economy: 30 city/42 HWY
With all features mentioned: $23,540
The 2016 Ford Focus has a lot to offer and is packed with features. The MyKey system and the available SYNC®3 system topped our list for the coolest tech features. The MyKey system comes standard and lets you program a key fob to have a restricted driving program. It’s a pretty cool way for a parent to help promote good driving habits or check how many total miles have been driven with the MyKey active. It’s also helpful if you park valet a lot, just hand them the MyKey instead of pulling your key off your keyring.
The available SYNC®3 technology is voice-activated and has some helpful new features. It has enhanced voice recognition to make calls or even change the climate control. Plus, the system also has Siri seamless integration, Apple CarPlay support and Android Auto – so you can truly access your phone from the LCD screen. The screen itself has some impressive functionality, as well. The 8-inch touchscreen is built to work just like your phone or tablet with pinch-to-zoom and swipe navigation.
The 2016 Ford Focus also comes with a quite a few safety features available including BLIS® (blind spot information system) with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping system, active park assist and a reverse sensing system. With all of that on your car, it’s no surprise the 2016 Ford Focus got top crash test ratings.
2016 Mazda Mazda3
Starting MSRP: $17,845
Fuel Economy: 30 city/41 HWY
With all features mentioned: $26,110
The 2016 Mazda Mazda3 features quite a few tech features that make driving this sedan that much more fun. Our favorite piece of tech in the car is the heads-up display. But, that’s not all it has to offer, the Mazda3 has a ton of safety features as well.
The heads-up display comes standard and shows a variety of things right in your line of sight. It shows real-time speed, turn-by-turn directions and safety alerts. That means you really don’t have to look away from the road for much – that alone makes it feel safer already.
The available tech safety features are robust in the Mazda3. The i-ActiveSense® Active Safety Features include: Mazda radar cruise control with close proximity warning, smart city brake support, advanced blind spot monitoring, smart brake support with collision warning, rear cross traffic alerts, a lane departure warning system, an adaptive front-lighting system, high beam control and forward obstruction warnings. Now, that’s quite a list, but some of the coolest ones are the two headlight features. The adaptive front-lighting system makes it easier to see around corners by turning your headlights a little bit. And, the high beam control will automatically switch from high beam to low beams if it detects an oncoming vehicle, then switch back again when the coast is clear.
The 2016 Mazda Mazda3 is a fun car to drive with Skyactiv technology that helps you get pretty fantastic gas mileage. The 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine adds another level of fun. The Mazda 3 is also available as either a manual or automatic transmission.
2016 Toyota Rav4 SE
Starting MSRP: $24,350
Fuel Economy: 23 city/30 HWY
With all features mentioned: $33,830
The 2016 Toyota Rav4 offers an array of fancy tech features. The tech features that caught our eye are the HomeLink system and the Bird’s Eye View camera. HomeLink lets you control your garage, front gate and security system all from your car. All the buttons are mounted on the available frameless rear-view mirror, so they’re also easy to access. This may not be a totally necessary feature for everyone, but it certainly would be a convenient one to have.
The available Bird’s Eye View camera takes back up cameras to a whole new level. The backup camera comes standard on the Rav4 and the Bird’s Eye View camera helps you see that much more. Any nearby objects that might be in your blind spots or it can just be the best way to get into the smallest space – either way, it’s a cool tech feature.
The 2016 Rav4 has many other pretty sweet features that make comfort and convenience a priority. The smart interior offers reduced noise and vibration to make for a quiet cabin. There’s plenty of cargo space in the Rav4. Plus, you can expand it with the reclining and 60/40 split folding rear seats and a flexible cargo net system. This car can work for whatever you need.
2016 Chrysler 300
Starting MSRP: $32,015
Fuel Economy: 19 city / 31 HWY
With all features mentioned: $36,705
The tech in the 2016 Chrysler 300 is pretty awesome. Our favorite pieces are the Driver Information Center and the Uconnect Touchscreen. The available Uconnect 8.4 is an 8.4-inch touchscreen – the largest in its class and it’s high-resolution and full color to boot. It has the Uconnect voice command system, hands-free calling, Bluetooth streaming and you can even control some of your favorite smartphone apps from the touchscreen.
The Driver Information Center is a 7-inch digital display between the analog instrumentation. It’s also a full-color display and it’s customizable. That means you can get real-time performance data, audio selection, the trip computer, vehicle status, system alerts and Navigation – up to 7,000 views.
The 2016 Chrysler 300 has many available features. You can add the exclusive BeatsAudio Premium Sound system (standard on the Chrysler 300S). That system includes ten speakers and a trunk-mounted sub-woofer. The Media Hub is also helpful if you like playing music from your phone. It has a USB port, SD card reader and audio jack. Compatible devices can be controlled using the radio or steering wheel controls.