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20 Base Model Non-Luxury Cars that Have a Standard Rearview Camera

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/27/2015 Karla Sanchez

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's rearview camera mandate was finalized last year and is set to go into effect in three years. The mandate will require all vehicles built in the U.S. on or after May 1, 2018 to come equipped with a rear camera. This applies to vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds, which means buses and trucks will also be required to have one. Many automakers already offer rearview cameras as standard, and below are all the base model non-luxury cars that already do.

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Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda Fit The Fit may be small, but having a standard rearview camera should help give drivers peace of mind when backing out of tight spaces. Even more helpful is that it's a multi-angle rearview camera with wide, normal, and overhead bumper views so that you can see most everything behind the subcompact when backing up. The base 2015 Fit LX starts at $15,650.

Honda Civic

2015 Honda Civic Driver Side Profile© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda Civic Driver Side Profile Every Civic comes standard with a single-angle rearview camera, including the most affordable Civic Coupe LX, which starts at $19,110. For the multi-angle rear camera or Honda LaneWatch, which displays passenger-side traffic while changing lanes, you'll have to upgrade to EX or EX-L models.

Honda Accord

2015 Honda Accord© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda Accord For $22,925, the Accord sedan's standard features list is long. The rearview camera features dynamic guidelines that move as you turn the steering wheel, and it activates on the standard 8-inch i-MID display once you shift into reverse. Other standard features that are nice to have include Eco Assist, cruise control, Pandora compatibility, and an SMS text message function.

Honda CR-Z

2015 Honda CR Z Front Three Quarter View 2© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda CR Z Front Three Quarter View 2 Standard equipment on the $20,965 base CR-Z includes a standard rearview camera, but unlike the other Honda models, this camera is integrated into the rearview mirror. Even still, it provides a good view of what's behind the hatchback because it has guidelines. For the multi-angle camera, you'll have to upgrade to the CR-Z EX with Navigation, which bumps the price up to $24,310 and still includes EX features such as HID headlights and textured aluminum pedals.

Ford Focus

2015 Ford Focus Sedan Rear Side View In Motion© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Focus Sedan Rear Side View In Motion The Focus is small, but it delivers big value. For less than $20,000 you can get yourself the base Focus S sedan, which comes standard with a rearview camera, two USB ports, remote keyless entry, and power front windows. Sync with My Ford is also standard and comes with hands-free calling. All this can be had for $17,995.

Ford Fusion

2015 Ford Fusion© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Fusion With a gas, hybrid, and Energi plug-in hybrid variant, there's a Fusion for everyone, but even the most basic Fusion comes handsomely equipped. Starting at $22,935, the 2016 Fusion S comes standard with a rearview camera along with a number of other convenient features, including a voice-activated infotainment system and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise control buttons.

Ford Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang GT© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Mustang GT For those who want to keep their ponycar's bumper in pristine condition, you won't have to upgrade to get a rearview camera. The safety feature comes standard on the entry-level Mustang V-6, which puts out 300 hp and starts at $24,625. Other standard features include the Sync infotainment system, automatic HID headlights, and push-button start.

Ford Taurus

2015 Ford Taurus© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Taurus You'll find a rearview camera with guidelines even in the base SE Taurus, which starts at $27,880 if you stick with the 3.5-liter V-6. Buyers will be happy knowing they can use the rearview camera to maneuver the 202.9-inch-long sedan out of tight parallel parking spots without its rear bumper kissing another car.

Chevrolet Spark

2016 Chevrolet Spark© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Chevrolet Spark The Spark didn't originally come standard with a rearview camera, but the 2016 model-year Spark that debuted at the 2015 New York International Auto Show changed that. The redesigned pint-sized car has been upgraded to include the feature as standard; enhanced safety features such as rear park assist, land departure warning, and blind-spot alert are also available. The 2016 Spark goes on sale later this year.

Chevrolet Volt

© Provided by MotorTrend Like the Spark, the redesigned Volt also received a standard rearview camera for the 2016 model year. The new Volt also boasts sleeker and sportier styling, and the entire drivetrain, power controller, battery, and virtually everything connecting the above has been re-engineered. The Volt goes on sale later this year.

Toyota Camry

2015 Toyota Camry© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Toyota Camry The base Camry LE starts at $23,795, and although it might not come with cool stuff like a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, or chrome exhaust tips, it does come with a standard rearview camera. The Camry LE is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four that makes 178 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque.

Toyota Avalon

2015 Toyota Avalon© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Toyota Avalon Opting for the XLE Avalon gets you a standard Entune Multimedia bundle, which comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen that doubles as a backup camera with projected path lines when you shift into reverse. The base Avalon is powered by 3.5-liter V-6 and can be had for $33,110 if you don't opt for the $395 Blizzard Pearl exterior paint color.

Toyota Prius

2015 Toyota Prius Persona Special Edition© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Toyota Prius Persona Special Edition Of course the Prius comes standard with a rearview camera. At $25,025, the Prius Two comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen that displays important vehicle information in addition to a rearview camera (the 2015 Prius Persona special-edition model is shown here). The base Prius V and plug-in variant also come standard with the camera, though the only way you'll get one in the smaller Prius C is if you upgrade to the Prius C Four, which ends up costing slightly more than the original Prius at $25,300.

Mazda6

2015 Mazda6 Front Three Quarter View 4© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Mazda6 Front Three Quarter View 4 No need to shell out extra money for a rearview camera because this mid-sizer already comes standard with it in bare-bones form. The Sport starts at $22,315. However, you have to pay an extra $1,500 to upgrade to the six-speed automatic transmission, because the camera doesn't come in models equipped with the manual.

Volkswagen CC

2014 Volkswagen CC© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Volkswagen CC Even with a six-speed manual transmission, the base CC 2.0T Sport is equipped with a standard rearview camera that should come in handy if the rear middle passenger's head is blocking your view. With bi-xenon headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, navigation, and heated front seats, this CC comes with a boatload of premium standard features for a starting price of $33,860.

Subaru Impreza

2015 Subaru Impreza© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Subaru Impreza Priced at $19,490, the base 2.0i Impreza's standard equipment list includes a rearview camera with guidelines, Bluetooth, and all-wheel drive. Higher trim Impreza models throw in other goodies such as heated front seats, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, roof rails, and automatic climate control. Although the Impreza WRX and STI variants produce upward of 200 hp, the base Impreza's 2.0-liter boxer-four engine makes 148 hp.

Subaru Legacy

2015 Subaru Legacy© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Subaru Legacy Because the Impreza's standard equipment list includes a rearview camera, it's no surprise its bigger stablemate, the Legacy, comes with it, too. The base Legacy goes for $22,790 including the $300 PZEV package, which automatically comes on the model.

Kia Cadenza

2015 Kia Cadenza© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Kia Cadenza A leather-wrapped steering wheel, analog clock, leather seats, and wood-grain-style trim on the steering wheel all come standard on the Cadenza Premium in addition to a rearview camera. The Cadenza is powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 and starts at $35,725. The Kia K900 also comes with a rearview camera as standard, but because it can be considered a luxury car, it's not included in this list.

Hyundai Azera

2015 Hyundai Azera© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Hyundai Azera The Cadenza's sister sedan, the Azera, also comes standard with a rearview camera in addition to fake carbon-fiber interior accents, a hands-free trunk, and cooled glove box compartment, among many other goodies. The base Azera starts $34,895, slightly cheaper than its Korean cousin. Other higher-class Hyundais that come with the safety feature include the Genesis and Equus, but again, those can be considered luxury cars.

Hyundai Veloster

2015 Hyundai Veloster Front Three Quarter View 1© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Hyundai Veloster Front Three Quarter View 1 For $18,825, the unique three-door hatchback is well-equipped with a standard rearview camera even in the stripped base model. The 138-hp Veloster also comes standard with a six-speed manual, though Hyundai's six-speed dual clutch transmission can be added for $1,250 more.

2015 Volkswagen CC 4Motion© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen CC 4Motion
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