The Chevy Cruze is a super affordable small car with an available -- and incredibly efficient -- diesel engine.
The Cruze offers the excellent phone integration capabilities of Chevrolet's MyLink system, which has both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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.
The Pacifica is (arguably) the best-looking minivan on sale in America right now -- but it's not just a pretty face.
It also has a heaping helping of in-car technology that makes it the ideal family truckster.
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.
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.
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.
Previous iterations of Sync were widely criticized for being unresponsive, but Sync 3 works well -- and works with plenty of apps.
The new Accord is arguably the best car that Honda has released in years.
The engine choices are great and include naturally aspirated options, turbocharged options and hybrids.
The Accord is attractive, engaging and packed with tech, including the standard Honda Sensing advanced driver assistance suite -- even on the lowest trim levels.
These days, Hyundai models come with a whole heap of standard tech and the company's brand-new Kona is no different.
The Kona's styling is funky but fun -- it's genetically engineered to appeal to millennials.
Standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Alexa integration make this small crossover a super solid deal in this price range.
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.
The Stinger is available with excellent adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking.
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.
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.
While the SL trim with the Platinum package just touches the top of our budget range, ProPilot Assist is totally worth it.
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.
The Subaru Crosstrek takes the popular Outback formula and shrinks it down to Impreza size. We love it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The infotainment system is Toyota's latest Entune 3.0 with Apple CarPlay integration and wireless charging. Android Auto is sadly not yet available.
The Prius is already a well-thought-out car, but the Prime takes that formula and pushes it even further.
The Prius is a ruthlessly efficient vehicle, able to extract over 50 mpg with its modest but clever plug-in hybrid powerplant.
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.
The new Jetta is fully redesigned, and thus, gets Volkswagen's latest and greatest tech offerings.
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.
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.