Buying a new car with the latest high-tech features doesn’t have to be a high-spending experience. A growing number of affordable vehicles are equipped with state-of-the-art infotainment, safety, performance, and fuel efficiency features. Advanced safety technology, for example, is available in some of the least expensive cars you can buy.
More technologically advanced than ever, today’s cars, trucks, and SUVs come standard with or have access to amenities like smartphone integration and autonomous emergency braking. On the pages that follow, we’ll look at 20 models whose feature lists go well beyond what is typical for their class yet nevertheless maintain affordable prices.
Continue reading to discover the top low-cost vehicles that are loaded with cutting-edge technology.
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
$27,200 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.3/10
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is a well-appointed midsize two-row SUV with a couple of high-tech party tricks up its sleeve. Its available blind spot camera shows an image of the area alongside the SUV in its 12.3-inch digital instrument panel.
When the Santa Fe was refreshed for the 2021 model year, Hyundai upgraded the SUV’s suite of safety technologies to include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist, and junction-turning detection to help prevent the Santa Fe from turning into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Safe exit assist, which is featured on several Hyundai models, warns occupants before they open their doors into the path of vehicles approaching from the rear. It can prevent the rear doors from opening.
In our midsize SUV ranking, the Santa Fe earns a spot in the top tier.