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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.

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

2014 Ford Fusion Energi

The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi drives very comfortably and easily, and proves extremely economical for people who can plug it in and drive a reasonable daily commute.

Price: $34,700.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

With solid cabin tech, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel competes well with compact sedans and gets stellar fuel economy, but high initial cost and the price of diesel eat into the savings.

3.5 stars Very good

Kia Soul 2014

Kia once again proves that it really understands its audience, delivering a 2014 Soul "!" that offers just the right amount of tech, comfort, and performance at just the right price.

3.5 stars Very good

2014 Mazda3

In features and driving character, the 2014 Mazda3 punches way above its humble economy-class roots, although a few bugs suggest the cabin tech needs refinement.

4 stars Excellent

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Inexpensive yet high-performing, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST rewards people who enjoy driving, while cabin electronics support all those mundane tasks that need doing when not on a twisty back road.

Price: $21,400.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

2015 Subaru Legacy

The 2015 Subaru Legacy makes for a comfortable and capable midsize sedan, handling day-to-day driving with ease, then adding unique features such as all-wheel-drive that set it a cut above the competition.

Price: $21,695.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

2014 Jeep Cherokee

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 brings off-road capability to a class dominated by soft-road wannabes, but its daily drivability suffers slightly for it.

Price: $22,995.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Like other electric cars, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV offers limited usage scenarios due to its range, but its drivetrain is ultraefficient and surprisingly powerful.

3.5 stars Very good

2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

Small improvements to power, performance, and tech keep us charmed by the 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring, but buggy, limited cabin tech continues to annoy.

Price: $27,970.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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