8 New Cars Recommended for those who Believe Less Technology is More
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — High-tech vehicles aren’t for everyone, and while low-tech configurations are becoming more obsolete on the new car market, car buying platform Edmunds.com today revealed a list of eight new cars and trucks to meet the needs of shoppers who want minimal or no connectivity in their next new car.
“Car manufacturers are investing a lot of energy and resources into building more connected cars, and that’s raised some legitimate concerns about safety and privacy among consumers, even if there is little or no risk to them at this time,” says Edmunds.com Senior Editor John O’Dell. “But even if those dangers never come to fruition, some people just do not want a vehicle packed with technology, and this list should be valuable to them as they shop for their next new car.”
Here are eight “unconnected” vehicles on today’s new car market, as identified by Edmunds.com:
- 2015 Hyundai Accent GS hatchback and GLS sedan, 1.6-liter engine, six-speed manual transmission
- 2015 Kia Rio LX, hatchback or sedan, 1.6-liter engine with six-speed manual or automatic
- 2015 Mazda Mazda3 iSV sedan, 2.0-liter engine, six-speed manual or automatic
- 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2,0-liter engine, five-speed manual
- 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car
- 2015 Nissan NV passenger van, 4.0-liter and 5.6 liter engines, five-speed automatic
- 2015 Nissan Titan S pickup, King Cab and Crew Cab models, 5.6-liter engine, five-speed automatic
- 2015 Smart fortwo Pure Coupe, 1-liter engine, five-speed automatic
Edmunds.com created the list by identifying new vehicles without such features as navigation systems, Bluetooth functions, exterior cameras, keyless ignitions or embedded cellular connectivity. These vehicles roll without systems like adaptive cruise control or accident avoidance that use potentially hackable networked electronics to control critical functions such as braking, steering and acceleration. Most vehicles on the list are base models and likely come with connected features on higher trim levels.