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25 Cars With Ridiculously Convenient Tech

Rear seat entertainment in the BMW 5 Series for 2017 model year.

Rear seat entertainment in the BMW 5 Series for 2017 model year. Car connectivity made leaps and bounds for the 2017 and 2018 model years. | BMW

Though automakers may go too far describing cars as “smartphones on wheels,” consumers who want to take their tech on the road have more options than ever before. That includes having music, places to eat, and driving directions ready for you at the tap of a button. Better yet, since we’re talking about cars, the ideal vehicle gives drivers all that and much more without taking their eyes off the road.

Automakers have responded to the challenge. While you will need a luxury model to access the most space-age tech features on the market, even budget cars offer hands-free connectivity and advanced safety tech as options in 2017. We’ve all come to expect Bluetooth and voice commands, but the top tech cars go way beyond the basics. Here are 25 cars with amazing connectivity and tech features now on the market.

1. Mazda CX-5

View of Mazda active display for '17 model year

View of Mazda active display for '17 model year Mazda active display | Mazda

The redesigned Mazda CX-5 punches well above its weight. Befitting its brand heritage, CX-5’s driving experience equals or bests entry-level luxury models like BMW X1 and Lexus NX 200. But CX-5’s tech game makes it a legitimate value play. With the premium package in Grand Touring trim ($32,165), you get the active display feature. In effect, it is a hologram projected on the windshield displaying your current speed, local speed limits, upcoming traffic signs, and even your next turn via the navigation system.

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