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Five tech cars for under $20,000

You don't have to pay a lot to get a high-tech car anymore. Along with a new set of subcompact, low-price cars, automakers are including useful technology, such as MP3 player and Bluetooth phone integration.

Ford Fiesta Pandora integration
Ford launched AppLink, with Pandora integration, in its Fiesta subcompact. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

The lowest-price cars used to be devoid of features other than maybe a rearview mirror and heating vents.

You can still find those very base-level cars, but go up a trim level and you get much, much more. Automakers have unleashed a new set of subcompacts focused on the entry-level buyer, and this young demographic has certain expectations about technology.

Most of the cars we included in this roundup come in between $15,000 and $20,000, optioned up and out the door. Navigation is not prevalent among these cars, but most buyers in this segment will rely on a smartphone.

The tech features that are common, and crucial, in these cars are MP3 player and Bluetooth phone connectivity. All the cars we selected include a USB port, suitable for an iPod or USB drive. Bluetooth phone support is also common across the board, with most including the ability to place calls by a contact's name using voice command.

And most of these cars include that one special tech feature that makes them special, from Pandora integration to off-board navigation services.

As an added bonus, these cars boast small, fuel-efficient engines, yet are still quite drivable.

Check out our roundup of five tech cars for under $20,000.