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Top 10 Affordable Cars with a Backup Camera

Chris Kaiser

Standard safety equipment keeps getting better over time. Backup cameras are now in all new cars, but among affordable options, which are the best equipped?

Best of the Base

2020 Ford Explorer utilizing a backup camera - ford.com
2020 Ford Explorer utilizing a backup camera - ford.com

In the five years since we first wrote on the most affordable cars with backup cameras, they’ve become a required standard feature on all new cars. But we wanted to return to the topic and broaden it a bit to find that Venn diagram overlap between affordability and standard safety tech. For that we’ve scoured the entry-level trims across the industry to find those most generously equipped, including with that mandatory backup camera.

Compact Cars

Honda Fit LX – $16,190

2020 Honda Fit LX - automobiles.honda.com

2020 Honda Fit LX – carsforsale.com  |  Shop Honda Fit on Carsforsale.com

The Honda Fit just might be the best car you can find for the money. Though small in stature, the Fit provides a surprising amount of passenger and cargo room. The latter measures to 16.6 cu. ft., more than most mid-size sedans, and maxes out at 52.7 cu. ft. with the seats folded down. While the base LX is a fairly bare-bones affair, it does feature a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and a rear spoiler.

Mazda3 – $21, 500 (Sedan)

2020 Mazda Mazda3 - mazdausa.com

2020 Mazda3 – mazdausa.com  |  Shop Mazda3 on Carsforsale.com

Among small cars few can match the Mazda3 for its combination of sporty driving, loads of standard safety features, and a high-quality interior. Standard safety equipment includes driver attention monitoring, pedestrian detection, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, and automatic high beams. You’ll also get a very generous 8.8-inch touchscreen, push-button start, and an 8-speaker stereo system.

Crossovers

Hyundai Kona SE – $20,100

2020 Hyundai Kona SE - carsforsale.com

2020 Hyundai Kona SE – carsforsale.com  |  Shop Hyundai Kona on Carsforsale.com

The Hyundai Kona punches above its weight in terms of quality and drivability making it a strong all-around crossover, without even taking into account its affordability. Hyundai improved the already excellent Kona this year by moving some desirable safety features down to the base trim. Those include driver’s attention monitor, lane keep assist, and a forward collision alert system. The Kona also comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, keyless entry, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Honda CR-V LX – $25,050

2020 Honda CR-V LX - carsforsale.com

2020 Honda CR-V LX – carsforsale.com  |  Shop Honda CR-V on Carsforsale.com

Among the strongest compact crossovers around delivers even in its base incarnation. The Honda CR-V excels in the big crossover tangibles of cargo and passenger capacity, good fuel economy, and a generous list of standard features. In addition to the standard backup camera the base LX trim also comes with the Honda Sensing safety suite that includes lane departure warning and lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, collision mitigation braking system, and adaptive cruise control. It also comes equipped with a 5-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, a USB port, automatic climate control, and automatic high beam headlights.

Toyota RAV4 LE – $25,850

2020 Toyota RAV4 LE - carsforsale.com

2020 Toyota RAV4 LE – carsforsale.com  |  Shop Toyota RAV4 on Carsforsale.com

Another favorite of the crossover segment, the Toyota RAV4 gets ample equipment right out of gate with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, 6-speaker sound system, a USB port, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Toyota also equips the base RAV4 LE with its Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 package that encompasses adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. For just an extra $590 you can add blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alerts to the list.

Sedans

Kia Forte FE – $17,890

2020 Kia Forte FE - carsforsale.com

2020 Kia Forte FE – carsforsale.com  |  Shop Kia Forte on Carsforsale.com

Brands like Kia prove that the sedan is far from obsolete with offerings like the Forte. A comfortable highway ride and snazzy interior are just the beginning for the Forte. The list of standard features is copious, especially compared to comparable rivals in the segment. Standard safety features include lane departure warning and lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and driver’s attention monitoring. The base comes with a 6-speed manual transmission but can be “upgraded” to a CVT for an additional $900.

Toyota Corolla L – $19,600

2020 Toyota Corolla L - carsforsale.com

2020 Toyota Corolla L – carsforsale.com  |  Shop Toyota Corolla on Carsforsale.com

The Toyota Corolla has long been a go-to for those looking to thread the needle of affordability and quality. The thriftiness starts with that same Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 that includes, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. From there the Corolla L comes standard with a WiFi hotspot, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, a 7-inch touchscreen, a USB port, and Bluetooth. The 1.8L 4-cylinder paired with a CVT also gets phenomenal gas mileage at 30 city and 38 highway mpg.

Trucks

Toyota Tacoma SR – $26,050

2020 Toyota Tacoma SR - carsforsale.com

2020 Toyota Tacoma SR – carsforsale.com  |  Shop Toyota Tacoma on Carsforsale.com

The Toyota Tacoma may not be fanciest mid-size truck, and others may provide a more pampered ride, but the ol’Taco offers impressive reliability and an unparalleled resale value. In addition to those practical concerns, the Tacoma comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P that packages together forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, automatic high beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and pedestrian detection. The base SR also comes with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Amazon Alexa, a USB port, and voice recognition.

Ford F-150 – $28,745

2020 Ford F-150 - ford.com

2020 Ford F-150 – ford.com  |  Shop Ford F-150 on Carsforsale.com

Like the Tacoma, the F-150 is an uber-popular pickup all-star. And it turns out the the best-selling vehicle in America is great all the way down to the base trim level. For an affordable, reliable work truck, there’s little reason to stray from the classic F-150 XL. Though most amenities are optional, Ford does offer forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and curve control as standard features. The required rearview camera is supplemented with Ford’s Dynamic Hitch Assist, to make towing less of a hassle.

Minivans

Honda Odyssey EX – $34,790

2020 Honda Odyssey EX - carsforsale.com

2020 Honda Odyssey EX – automobiles.honda.com  |  Shop Honda Odyssey on Carsforsale.com

The most expensive vehicle on our list is also the roomiest, with seating for up to eight. The Odyssey is people-hauling at its best, comfortable, roomy, well-designed, and well-equipped for the price. For the Honda Odyssey we recommend going one trim above the base LX, which skimps a little too much in terms of features. The EX hits the sweet spot of affordability and available features. It offers an array of safety features that include blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, road departure warning, and lane keep assist. Honda also improves on the required backup camera by offering multiple camera angles. The Odyssey EX comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, power sliding doors, keyless entry, Magic Slide 2nd row seating, and much more.

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Chris Kaiser
Chris Kaiser

Chris’ greatest passions include topiary, spelunking, and pushing aging compact cars well past 200,000 miles on cross-country road trips. His taste in cars runs from the classic and esoteric to the deeply practical with an abiding affection for VW Things, old Studebakers, and all things hybrid-crossover.

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