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The 11 best tech cars under $35k

These sedans, hatches, SUVs and crossovers offer loads of new tech, and they do so at average new-car pricing.

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2018 Chevy Cruze Hatch
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Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

The Chevy Cruze is a super affordable small car with an available -- and incredibly efficient -- diesel engine.

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Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

The Cruze offers the excellent phone integration capabilities of Chevrolet's MyLink system, which has both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

The MyChevrolet app lets you lock, unlock and start your car remotely. You can set parking reminders and forward navigation destinations from your phone, too.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan
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Chrysler Pacifica

The Pacifica is (arguably) the best-looking minivan on sale in America right now -- but it's not just a pretty face.

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Chrysler Pacifica

It also has a heaping helping of in-car technology that makes it the ideal family truckster.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
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Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler's responsive Uconnect system is here, as is a 360-degree camera, an optional central vacuum system and a full suite of advanced driver assistance systems.

Not enough? For the kiddies, UConnect Theater, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, includes the usual DVD player and inputs, but also incorporates games and helpful features like an "Ae we there yet?" app.

2017 Ford Escape Crossover
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Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is an affordable crossover with a decent interior, unusually wide range of engine options and, finally, the infotainment system it has always deserved in the form of Sync 3.

2017 Ford Escape SE 4WD
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Ford Escape

The 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine's performance is on par with much larger engines from the competition. 

Ford also added Sync Connect for the 2017 model year, which adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Plus, you can get other features like park assist and a leg-kick-to-open rear hatch.

2017 Ford Escape Titanium
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Ford Escape

Previous iterations of Sync were widely criticized for being unresponsive, but Sync 3 works well -- and works with plenty of apps.

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid
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Honda Accord

The new Accord is arguably the best car that Honda has released in years.

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid
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Honda Accord

The engine choices are great and include naturally aspirated options, turbocharged options and hybrids.

2018 Honda Accord Touring
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Honda Accord

The Accord is attractive, engaging and packed with tech, including the standard Honda Sensing advanced driver assistance suite -- even on the lowest trim levels.

2018 Hyundai Kona SUV
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Hyundai Kona

These days, Hyundai models come with a whole heap of standard tech and the company's brand-new Kona is no different.

2018 Hyundai Kona
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Hyundai Kona

The Kona's styling is funky but fun -- it's genetically engineered to appeal to millennials.

2018 Hyundai Kona
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Hyundai Kona

Standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Alexa integration make this small crossover a super solid deal in this price range.

2018 Kia Stinger GT
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Kia Stinger

The Stinger is Kia's first real try at a performance vehicle, and even with the base four-cylinder engine, it's a lot of fun.

2018 Kia Stinger GT
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Kia Stinger

The Stinger is available with excellent adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking.

2018 Kia Stinger GT
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Kia Stinger

Even in its base trim levels, the Stinger is extremely well-appointed and packed with tech like standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, park distance sensors and more.

2018 Nissan Rogue SL AWD
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Nissan Rogue

The Rogue itself is a pretty decent compact SUV, but the range-topping SL model with Nissan's new ProPilot Assist is really worth your attention.

2018 Nissan Rogue SL AWD
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Nissan Rogue

While the SL trim with the Platinum package just touches the top of our budget range, ProPilot Assist is totally worth it.

2018 Nissan Rogue SL AWD
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Nissan Rogue

ProPilot Assist is able to control steering (including lane centering), braking and acceleration in certain situations while under driver supervision. 

It's one of the most advanced ADAS systems available, particularly at this price.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek
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Subaru Crosstrek

The Subaru Crosstrek takes the popular Outback formula and shrinks it down to Impreza size. We love it.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek
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Subaru Crosstrek

The Crosstrek might not be the quickest thing in Subaru's lineup, but it's a competent car in bad weather thanks to symmetrical all-wheel drive.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek
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Subaru Crosstrek

The Crosstrek is available with Subaru's EyeSight system, which can, among other things, apply full-force braking in the event of an impending collision.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback at NY Auto Show
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Toyota Corolla Hatchback

The Corolla Hatchback will be hitting dealers soon, and when it does, it will proudly carry on the Toyota tradition of giving people a lot for their money.

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Toyota Corolla Hatchback

The Corolla hatch will come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which features pre-collision braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as lane departure warning with steering assist.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
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Toyota Corolla Hatchback

The infotainment system is Toyota's latest Entune 3.0 with Apple CarPlay integration and wireless charging. Android Auto is sadly not yet available.

2017 Toyota Prius Prime
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Toyota Prius Prime

The Prius is already a well-thought-out car, but the Prime takes that formula and pushes it even further.

2017 Toyota Prius Prime
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Toyota Prius Prime

The Prius is a ruthlessly efficient vehicle, able to extract over 50 mpg with its modest but clever plug-in hybrid powerplant.

2017 Toyota Prius Prime
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Toyota Prius Prime

Its interior tech is dominated by a large, vertically oriented screen, which is bright and legible. 

The Prius Prime also features things like adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go traffic capability and semiautomatic parallel parking.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
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Volkswagen Jetta

The new Jetta is fully redesigned, and thus, gets Volkswagen's latest and greatest tech offerings.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
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Volkswagen Jetta

It's also one of the most efficient gasoline-powered Jettas ever offered, thanks to its small but powerful 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
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Volkswagen Jetta

The Jetta's list of standard equipment is strong, but it's on the highest SEL trim level where things get interesting with the inclusion of Digital Cockpit, a configurable gauge cluster screen.

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