Humanity is edging closer and closer to technological singularity than ever before. So, it comes as no surprise to see more and more cars become full-fledged rolling computers. While traditional motor geeks may argue that technology robs the overall essence of driving a car, we believe that technology instead enhances our overall driving experience to a different dimension.
Be it a wild piece of gadgetry, a cool engineering maneuver, or a high-tech driver assistance system, these cars amplify your driving feel through one way or another. Seek any of these cars from this list we have sorted out for you to satisfy your taste bud for technology. The best part about this list? Most of these cars are light on your budget so that you can relish the latest tech innovations without burning up all your money.
2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid aims to tackle its opponents on the top of the sales charts by going all-out on technology. Hyundai has a reputation for building innovative and intuitive infotainment systems for every car and the Sonata Hybrid gets the cream of the crop. For starters, the Sonata gets a reconfigurable digital instrument cluster that comes with its own blind-view monitor. The blind-view monitor seamlessly relays what’s approaching you from your blind spot, by pumping both side camera views to your cluster. No other sedan in its segment gives you this.
That’s not all, the Sonata also gets a 10.2-inch touchscreen to totally transform your dashboard look. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and BlueLink connected services are also a part of the tech suite. The hybrid sedan also lends you stellar efficiency with its combined MPG of 52. To top it off, you also get a solar-roof option that your kids will absolutely love.
2021 Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 is a no-brainer when it comes to picking the most tech-innovative car on the planet. The AutoPilot is one of the most advanced and precise self-driving gizmos you will find on the market. But the Model 3’s tech suite runs way beyond the AutoPilot. What we are particularly impressed with is its super-cool Dog Mode. Pup owners no longer have to stress themselves out for leaving their canines in the car. This system automatically adjusts the air conditioning inside and likewise protects your canines from miscreants.
There is also a Smart Summon feature that pulls your car out of your parking spot by itself and self-drives to your location. Be careful while pulling this off, as sidewalks and curbs are often neglected by the AI. An industry-leading 15-inch touchscreen is another insane piece of the gizmo, integrated with voice and climate controls and over-the-air updates.
2020 BMW 745e xDrive PHEV
The 2020 BMW 745e xDrive is the pharaoh of flagship sedans, with its wonderful 10.2-inch touchscreen and a center console-controlled navigation. BMW’s intelligent personal assistant lets you control climate commands through the power of your voice. Gesture controls are also a thing this year, enabling you to adjust various controls through certain hand motions.
A 16-speaker Bower & Wilkins surround sound setup brings the party to your road while a WiFi hotspot and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration further aid connectivity. The safety suite gets an upgraded Backup assist feature to move out of parking spots. Hybrid lovers are in for a treat as the new powertrain evens out the ride quality and brings more mileage to the equation.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S560 4Matic Coupe
The Mercedes-Benz S-class is always considered the messiah when it comes to the latest in-car technology. Every year Mercedes leaves us bewildered with its new innovative tech features. This year is no different either, the inclusion of a huge 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen in the center stack has left us bonkers. The S-class gets an upgraded MBUX version this year, alongside suave features like a Burmester 3D sound system, wireless charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Merc-patented Energizing Comfort. You can also test out the Magic Body Control, a technology that pre-detects any road surface change like dips or bumps and likewise adjusts the suspension.
2020 Cadillac CT6 Platinum
The 2020 Cadillac CT6 Platinum is all about its stellar self-driving tech, the Super Cruise. This intuitive widget works in synchrony with the adaptive cruise control to effortlessly relieve your hands off the steering wheel. However, the system has its limitations compared to Tesla’s AutoPilot. For starters, all road conditions have to be met accordingly. Second, the SuperCruise is only available on certain highways, since this tech has been geo-fenced by Cadillac.
However, with more than 200000 miles of highway mapping, you can expect SuperCruise to be on your side whenever you need it. This system automatically adjusts the speed while approaching a sharp turn. It also ensures that the driver doesn’t take his eyes off the road through its special camera-monitoring.
2021 Audi S6
Audi’s love affair with stellar technology continues inside the S6. The 10.1-inch touchscreen in the center stack is the crispest display you will ever encounter, thanks to Audi’s sensational MMI Touch Response system. There is a smaller 8.6-inch display below, especially to aid the driver to access the climate controls and driver-assistance tech. This display can also serve as a handwriting pad for easier online surfing.
You get yet another screen in front of you in the form of the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit Display. This display relays all-important driver information to you like Google Earth mapping and in-vehicle data through the steering wheel controls. With a vast safety suite behind your side, the Audi S6 is indeed a car from the future.
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn
Pickup trucks are no longer the boxy generic vehicles they were known as in the past. Pickups like the RAM 1500 are changing the perception of pickups forever. 1500 includes a massive 12-inch touchscreen, integrated with the company’s splendid UConnect infotainment. The display looks organized and driver-friendly thanks to the customizable menus. You can seamlessly connect your smartphone apps through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The pickup also includes the latest SiriusXM 360L. In sync with the inbuilt 4G LTE connection, you can now access on-demand streaming, live sports scores, and many more. There are a bunch of USB Type-C and Type-A ports for maximum connectivity. 110-V AC power outlets can charge up your phones and other electronics in no time.
2020 Kia Soul
Kia’s intriguing UVO infotainment system is an absolute winner in its segment. It is one of the best perks of buying a Kia thanks to its smart driver-to-vehicle connection as well as a secure and futuristic experience. The Soul looks funkier than ever before and when paired with the UVO infotainment system, we have a cracker of a deal. A 7-inch touchscreen is standard on the base variants, while higher trims make way for a bigger 10.2-inch variant. Speaking of the safety suite, the Soul has almost every safety feature you could think of. And its price won’t burn a hole in your pockets either, making it a splendid tech proposition.
Today’s automotive market is no longer defined by an impressive spec sheet. To stand out amongst the rest, cars need to carve their technological sectors to absolute perfection as well. The above cars are the best examples of what quality-of-life changes technology can bring about in your daily driving life. The 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the 2020 Cadillac CT6 Platinum are especially our favorites. The Sonata redefines its segment with its cutting-edge technology while the Cadillac brings a whole new SuperCruise concept to life.