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Best Affordable Tech Cars of 2014

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When a car costs $100,000, you expect a cabin filled with the latest gadgets. The trick is getting good cabin tech in an affordable car, the kind that most people drive. We're very impressed when we see a navigation system in a car that costs less than $30,000. Good stereos make an appearance at many different price ranges. Sure, these cars often won't have all the tech you could want, but a few quality components make them true tech cars.

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2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

New styling, lightweight construction, and a thrifty little engine all come together to make the 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring a great little urban crossover, but more polished cabin tech would make it an exceptional one.

3.5 stars Very good

2013 Nissan Juke Nismo

It may be funny-looking, but in Nismo form the 2013 Nissan Juke is one heck of a fun hatchback, with excellent performance technology. Just budget a little more to replace the cabin electronics.

3 stars Good

2013 Ford Focus ST

A very rewarding car to drive, the 2013 Ford Focus ST will satisfy enthusiasts on weekend runs and the daily commute, but the cabin tech is a mixed bag, with the excellence of Sync offset by the navigation system interface.

4 stars Excellent

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo adds a healthy dose of straight-line performance to its techie, trendy formula.

3.5 stars Very good

2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Turbo

Fans of Euro-retro styling, zippy performance, and great audio will find much to love about the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle.

3 stars Good

2012 Mini Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works

Love or hate its styling, the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works is easily one of the best-performing front-wheel-drive cars we've tested. Unfortunately, it's also priced about $10,000 too high.

3.5 stars Very good

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ turbo is a competent driver with good fuel economy, but its cabin tech falls behind the compact-car competition.

3 stars Good
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