Looking for a new affordable car that delivers big in the tech department? Well make sure to check out these 5 best tech cars that cost under $25k before opening up your checkbook. From high-tech SUV’s, to hot zippy hatchbacks, this list has something for everyone.

5. Dodge Dart GT (2014) – Best for: Bargain hunters

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Dodge has really stepped up their game in terms of affordability and tech with the new 2014 Dodge Dart. The Dart features a premium 7-inch customizable digital gauge cluster, which presents real time information graphics right in the dashboard. In terms of entertainment and navigation, Dodge packs the Dart with a massive 8.4-inch UCONNECT media system that is just a joy to use. This high-resolution touchscreen system sports an AM/FM radio, one year of SiriusXM Satellite Radio , voice command with Bluetooth streaming audio, a CD player, remote USB port, an SD card slot and audio input jack. If you crave all the latest tech in one heck of a fun and affordable car to drive, the Dart is sure to hit the bullseye for you. Engine: 2.4L/184 HP /24-35 MPG $21,495 @Dodge.com

4. KIA Sportage EX (2014) – Best for: Tech savvy soccer moms


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The KIA brand has shed the “economy car” moniker by producing some really good looking and high preforming vehicles of late. The 2014 Sportage delivers with its good looks, techy savvy cabin and low to moderate price tag compared to other vehicle in its class. The Sportage EX features a voice-command navigation system with a 7-inch color touchscreen display & SiriusXM Traffic. The system is powered by KIA UVO, which delivers in-car connectivity based on the capabilities of your personal device. UVO gives you complete control of your smartphone and music functions. The optional rear camera display will show a live image of what’s behind your vehicle when backing up too. This is one tech savvy SUV for all those who the extra space. Engine: 2.4L/182 HP/19-26 MPG $24,215 @KIA

3. Honda Civic SI Coupe (2013) – Best for: Tech tuners


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If you’re all about modifying or customizing your ride, Honda has been the go to brand for tuners for years. The 2013 Civic SI is packed with both performance and tech while offering a variety of both factory and aftermarket options. Inside the SI you will find a satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition, FM Traffic and multi-angle rear view camera with guidelines. The 5-Inch LCD Screen and customizable feature settings features Bluetooth HandsFreeLink to connect your iPhone or Android device with ease. Honda is also against texting and driving as this system can read text messages to you once paired with your mobile phone. Overall the Civic SI delivers in both performance and tech for one great price. With endless options of both factory and aftermarket customizing options available, you will never get bored with the new Si from Honda. Engine: 2.4L/210 HP/22-31 MPG $24,215 @Honda

2. Ford Fiesta ST (2014) – Best for: Feisty city drivers


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If you need a zippy little tech packed hatch for city driving, the Ford Fiesta ST delivers the goods. Although this car may not look like much on the outside, it performs better than any other car on this list. When it comes to tech Ford is a leader with its popular SYNC in-dash systems. The SYNC voice-activatedcommunications and entertainment system sports a 6.5-inch display with 2 full USB ports and SD card reader. The optional navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link combines global positioning system (GPS) technology with 3-D mapping and provides voice-guided turn-by-turn directions. If you need a car for the city that is small in size but big on performance and features, Fiesta is sure to please. Viva la fiesta! Engine 1.6L/197 HP/ 26-35 MPG $21,400 @Ford

1. Mazda 3 i Sport 5-Door (2014)- Best for: Smooth operators

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The Mazda 3 gets a full make over in 2014 and the results are stunning. This redesigned mid-sized compact is my top choice for best tech car under $25k hands down. The modern looking cabin features the new Mazda Connect system which lets you enjoy the convenience of your favorite music, Internet content and more. The Connect system sports Bluetooth with voice command, Twitter, Facebook & Yelp connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation, Aha, Pandora & Stitcher Internet radio. If you crave performance and have an extra $4K lying around, the MAZDASPEED3 kicks up the performance thanks to a 263HP turbocharged engine. At the end of the day you really can’t go wrong with the new 2014 Mazda 3, as it truly is one of the best tech cars on the road today. Engine 2.0/155HP/ 29-40 MPG $21,400 @Mazda



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