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10 Surprisingly High Tech Cars Around $20,000

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It’s time for Tech Tip Tuesday! Car makers are continually making the top car technology more affordable. Many of these high tech cars tout an impressive set of features even in their base models. If you want an affordable car with tons of features, here are 10 surprisingly high tech cars you can buy for around $20,000.

2015 honda civic2015 Honda Civic

Most vehicles have great tech if you’re willing to pay for a fully loaded trim, but Honda was very generous to the base trim in the 2015 Honda Civic. A 5-inch LCD screen, Bluetooth, SMS text message function, Pandora compatibility, backup camera and USB audio interface are all standard. The 2015 Honda Civic also made our list of the Top 10 Affordable Cars with a Backup Camera.

2015 mazda mazda32015 Mazda MAZDA3

The critically acclaimed 2015 Mazda MAZDA3 has a wide range of trims to fit the needs of most drivers. Base features include a few nice touches such as keyless entry, pushbutton start, and auxiliary input. This list isn’t too large, but a few slight upgrades will give you rear-view camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, Mazda Connect infotainment, navigation, and more.

2015 dodge dart2015 Dodge Dart

The base 2015 Dodge Dart has minimal tech, but the SXT trim has a nice set of optional features starting around $20,000. The Dart SXT can come with nine-speaker premium audio and Uconnect infotainment system with 8.4-inch touchscreen. That’s right, an 8.4-inch touchscreen. That alone is worth the price of admission. Other tech features include parking sensors, rear cross-path detection, blind-spot monitor, and more.

2015 toyota corolla2015 Toyota Corolla

The Corolla is currently the best-selling car of all time, and the 2015 Toyota Corolla isn’t skipping a beat in terms of the latest car technology. To start things off, the Corolla offers iPod connectivity, automatic climate control, USB, auxiliary, hands-free calling, voice recognition, and more in the inexpensive base model. If that isn’t enough for you, upgraded Corollas can receive Smart Key entry, Toyota Entune infotainment with app suite, Entune Premium Audio, backup camera, and more.

2015 kia forte2015 Kia Forte

The 2015 Kia Forte is fortissimo when it comes to tech features. This affordable sedan comes standard with satellite radio and steering wheel audio control. Step up to the EX trim and you can receive UVO infotainment, rearview camera, and pushbutton start. Other optional features include 10-way power driver seat, power sunroof, navigation, and more.

2015 Chevrolet Trax2015 Chevrolet Trax

In a list ridden with small cars and subcompact hatchbacks, it’s refreshing to see a bigger vehicle making the list. The 2015 Chevrolet Trax was completely new in the 2015 model year. Backup camera comes standard along 4G LTE built-in WiFi, MyLink infotainment, and OnStar. Upgraded trims will have Bose audio, rear park assist, auto-dimming rearview mirror, roof rails, fog lamps and more.

2015 Hyundai Elantra2015 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai doesn’t skimp on tech in the 2015 Hyundai Elantra. The base Elantra boasts USB, keyless entry, and Bluetooth with audio streaming. Other optional tech features include proximity key, navigation with a 7-inch touch screen, voice recognition, Blue Link, backup camera, and more. Tech-lovers will be more than satisfied with the 2015 Elantra.

2015 honda fit2015 Honda Fit

The highly-rated 2015 Honda Fit comes standard with a multi-angle backup camera, keyless entry, USB, and more. Being inexpensive, you may have some extra money to upgrade your Fit. Upgraded trims can include 7-inch display screen, full navigation, HondaLink, pushbutton start, and more. There is a reason Honda Fit fans are some of the most loyal. The Fit is one of the most high tech cars for the price.

2015 Ford Fiesta2015 Ford Fiesta

Ford makes the list with its popular, inexpensive subcompact, the 2015 Ford Fiesta. The low-priced base Fiesta has tech such as Ford Sync smartphone connectivity with voice recognition. Upgraded trims may have MyKey, satellite radio, Sony premium audio, MyFord Touch, and more. The Ford Fiesta is the bestselling car ever in the UK for good reason. Those of us in the states should give the Fiesta a shot, especially with the myriad of tech features available.

2015 jeep renegade2015 Jeep Renegage

This tiny, cute Jeep isn’t just cute on the outside. The 2015 Jeep Renegade comes standard with a cute 3.5-inch color display and 12V power outlets. The list of other available features is a bit overwhelming. These include, but are not limited to Uconnect with 5-inch touchscreen, voice commands, Bluetooth, hands-free mobile, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, WiFi hotspot, Sirius XM real-time traffic, MySky sunroof, and much more. The level of customization available in the Renegade is absolutely incredible.


The newest technology may not be out of reach. Carmakers are continually creating high tech cars at more affordable entry prices. Love car technology? Be sure to read our other Tech Tip Tuesday articles to learn more about the latest and greatest in high tech cars and car tech features. To find your next set of tech-savvy wheels, be sure to search the millions of vehicles on Carsforsale.com.

We want to know, what car tech features are most important to you? Let us know in the comments below!


Dustin "Dusty" Rhodes

A fan of nice round numbers and working on tiny European cars, Dusty is the proud owner of a '58 Lloyd 600, a '50 FIAT 500, and is currently on the hunt for a Vespa 400. And, despite all that repair work, he still finds time to write about cars. 

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