SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – You don’t have to spend more than the average for a new car that has a nice dose of tech and modern engineering.
To prove it, I’ve pulled together a list of the best high tech cars well under the average new car price of $30,303. None of them are showcases of all that’s possible in cars today, but each has some strong high-tech points that make them cars which feel thoroughly 21st century.
All cars listed in order of ascending CNET Rating. Prices quoted are for model well-equipped with featured technologies, not stripped.
5. Scion FR-S – $25,800
+ Inarguably the coolest car on a budget.
+ Just $900 for nav and premium audio.
- A little gutless in its first year.
4. Scion iQ – $17,434
+ Really small but still a real car
+ Integrated Pandora, low cost nav
+ Real world MPG in the 30′s
- It is very small.
3. Hyundai Veloster – $22,225
+ Asymmetrical doors make it stylish.
+ Best touch screen in this class
+ Direct Injection engine
- A little underpowered
2. Ford Focus Titanium – $25,935
+ MyFord Touch interface
+ Self-parking for under $999
+ Best interior in its class
- My Ford touch
1. Toyota Prius C – $22,820
+ CNET Editor’s Choice
+ Best app support of any car
+ Real world 50 MPG
- You’ll be a Prius Driver
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