They say you can’t put a price on safety except, well, you kind of can. People who are accustomed to shopping for a new car on a strict budget often see that the latest and greatest safety systems just aren’t an option on inexpensive vehicles. Blind spot warning systems are one example of a safety feature that helps reduce crashes by improving visibility, and this technology is gradually becoming more common on affordable new cars.
As always, it must be noted that everyone has a different definition of “affordable.” We focused on finding vehicles that offer a great value for the money at the low end of the market, but we also found a couple examples that we felt were worth bending the rules just a bit. Take a look through our list of 10 affordable cars With Blind Spot Warning Systems, and you’ll see why.
1) 2016 Hyundai Genesis
The 2016 Hyundai Genesis is a midsize sedan that seats five, and despite its appealing price, it was designed to compete against more upscale vehicles at a higher price point. With this strategy comes plenty of power and good equipment offerings. The base Genesis makes 311 horsepower from its 3.8-liter V-6 engine, and 420 horsepower is available from a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, both of which come paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Official specifications aren’t yet available for the 2016 Hyundai Genesis, but the Genesis was fully redesigned for 2015, and its equipment list offered a blind spot warning system as an optional feature (along with other upscale safety technology, such as a lane departure warning system). We expect Hyundai to keep equipment offerings more or less the same, so keep an eye out for this bargain upscale car later this year.
2) 2016 Mazda Mazda3
The 2016 Mazda Mazda3 enjoys a well-deserved reputation for being a fun, sporty and well crafted small car at a reasonable price point. Available as a sedan or a hatchback, both versions of the Mazda3 stand out in a crowd thanks to the car’s extroverted styling, and the vehicle also comes with a long list of standard features that make it very competitive for its class. However, the blind spot warning system is an add-on feature for the 2016 model year, along with several other safety features. The base Mazda3 comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 155 horsepower and 150 of torque, and the car is designed to squeeze out every pony’s worth of enjoyment. Higher-end trims of the 2016 Mazda3 offer a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque.
3) 2016 Chevrolet Cruze
The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze provides really good efficiency and a great price for an attractive compact sedan, helping Chevrolet hold down a spot in the highly competitive market for small entry-level cars. The 2016 Cruze is one of the least expensive new cars available in the United States, but Chevy isn’t skimping on the equipment or features. Full specs aren’t yet available for the 2016 model, but they will likely be similar to the 2015 model Cruze, which offered an optional blind spot warning system and other advanced safety equipment. The Cruze also provides features such as a Wi-Fi hotspot thanks to the General Motors OnStar communications system. The compact Chevrolet Cruze is powered by a 138-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine in the base model, and a more efficient 138-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with higher trim levels.
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