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13 Cheap Cars with High-end Safety

April 28, 2016

In recent years, active safety features such as autonomous braking, collision warning, and lane assist have been trickling from luxury vehicles to mainstream models.

Car & Driver Magazine this week compiled a list of 13 inexpensive models that you can purchase with advanced active safety features. See below for the full list and details on each one.

If you're currently shopping for a new car, I recommend you use TrueCar and Edmunds Price Promise to quickly see what kind of deals are being offered in your local area.

VehicleNotes
Toyota Prius CAvailable with cutting edge safety tech on higher trim levels. Toyota's Safety Sense C suite adds the Pre-Collision system, which can warn you of an impending collision and even apply the brakes to reduce the severity of the crash.
Honda CivicWhen equipped with Honda Sensing, the Civic can warn of an impending collision, automatically apply the brakes if necessary, and even nudge the car back in its lane if the car senses it's veering out of a lane without an activated turn signal.
Nissan SentraOn the SR and SL grades, you can add adaptive cruise control, forward emergency braking, and lane departure warning
Volkswagen JettaIn higher trim levels or with the Driver Assistance package, the Jetta gains autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning
Mazda CX-3offers an i-ActivSense package that includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning
Subaru ImprezaWhen equipped with the EyeSight active safety suite, the Impreza is equipped with active cruise control that can come to a complete stop in traffic (some systems deactivate at low speeds), automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning
FIAT 500Xcan be had with a forward collision warning system and automatic emergency braking
Volkswagen GolfDriver Assist Package includes adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.
Jeep RenegadeIn the Latitude and Limited trim, the Renegade can be had with automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning
Mazda Mazda3The Technology package on the S Grand Touring trim takes things up a notch by offering a host of active safety features that include automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
Kia Forte (2017)now available with active safety features such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and blind spot warning.
Subaru CrossTrekoffers the EyeSight safety suite, giving you an extra set of eyes on the road. As with the Impreza, the car can apply the brakes automatically if the driver doesn't react to an impending collision
Hyundai Elantra (2017)In the Limited grade, you can add a full suite of active safety features that add an extra layer of protection if you're accidentally drifting into another lane or don't notice an obstacle or slowing car ahead

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