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Best Feature-Per-Dollar Cars

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/23/2014 Megan Stewart

When you're on your way to your local dealer, you want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. And whether that's in terms of performance, fuel economy, or creature comforts, it's much easier if you go in with an idea of what to expect. There are cars out there with a list a mile long of all their great qualities, but what about feature content?


We've created a list of the top 12 vehicles out on the road today that offer the highest feature content for the price. There may be other options out there, but we focused on what models we would recommend to our friends and family and ones we wouldn't be embarrassed to have in our driveway.

Check out the slideshow to see which models made the cut.

Acura TLX

2015 Acura TLX© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Acura TLX For the 2015 model year, Acura decided to consolidate its lineup and combined the popular TSX and TL models to create the TLX. Not only did the automaker combine the models into once cohesive product, it took the best from both in terms of standard features, giving the TLX a laundry list of amenities. Starting at $32,000 and topping out at $45,620, the TLX comes with great standard features including Jewel Eye LED headlights, a power moonroof, keyless entry and ignition, heated seats, and an array of connectivity features. However, if you want driver-assist features as standard, you'll only need to move up one trim level from the base model, which tacks on roughly $4,000, as well as some other nice touches.

Chevrolet Colorado

2015 Chevrolet Colorado© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Chosen as the 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the Year, the all-new Chevrolet Colorado delivers more than what was originally promised, matching strong performance to features that will keep driver and passengers comfortable during busy workdays. With most trucks, feature content can be extremely limited on the base models. That's why we'd recommend moving up the model line. For $26,045-$32,430, depending if you choose front- or all-wheel drive, you can get behind the wheel of the LT or Z71 models and gain a full infotainment system with a Bose sound system, driver assist features, and cosmetic touches.

Chevrolet Impala

2014 Chevrolet Impala LTZ© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Chevrolet Impala LTZ The Chevrolet impala is the brand's top-end sedan, so you'd expect it to feature all the bells and whistles the automaker has to offer as standard features. And while not all are included in the sticker price, there's plenty to be excited about. For $27,855, you can get behind the wheel of the base Impala, complete with connectivity features such as OnStar 4G LTE, a 4.2-inch infotainment display, and remote keyless entry. Move up in the model range, and you add driver-assist features, an upgraded infotainment system, as well as keyless ignition and leather seating and interior surfaces.

Honda Accord

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid The Honda Accord has long been in a battle with the Toyota Camry to be the top seller of the midsize sedan segment. And though it might have slipped behind on that measure, its feature content pushed the Accord past the Camry to make the list of best feature-per-dollar cars. Though it can be slightly pricier than its biggest rival, the Honda Accord offers much more in the way of content. Unlike Toyota, Honda offers active safety features as standard on the EX-L, EX-L V-6, and Touring models. Toyota has them only as options on its most expensive model. You can expect to find a backup camera, leather seats and interior surfaces, as well as connectivity features to please the entire family. And though the base model is pretty well-equipped, we'd suggest the EX-L since it provides more for the money or the EX-L V-6 if you want a bit more power.

Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda Fit The Honda Fit, with a starting price of $16,470, is widely known for an overwhelming amount of feature content for the price. Each model in the lineup, including the base LX, comes with a standard rearview camera, Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted controls, and more. Go up to the top trim EX-L, which will run around $20,000, and you're looking at leather seats, steering wheel, and shift knob, as well as an array of active and passive safety features such as Honda LaneWatch. Many of those features are also available on the mid-range EX. When looking at the price and abundant list of features, it's easy to see why the Honda Fit is a popular pick in the subcompact segment.

Hyundai Elantra

2015 Hyundai Elantra© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Hyundai Elantra When you're looking for the best value for your money, entry-level cars are usually crossed off the list because they don't include nearly as many features as higher trim models. But with the Hyundai Elantra base model, which starts at $18,075, you can rest easy. Nearly everything on the Elantra Sport and Limited comes as a standard feature on the base SE model. However, if you opt for a higher trim, we'd recommend going with the $22,525 Elantra Limited, which adds a rearview camera, leather seating and surfaces, Bluetooth, and a few other key options. Still, on content alone, we think you'd be pretty satisfied with the standard model.

Kia K900

2015 Kia K900© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Kia K900 Kia's ability to provide generous luxury and comfort features at below-expected prices is enough for the automaker to make the list not once, but twice. First up is the Kia K900, which is relatively new to the game. With a starting price of $54,500, the K900 offers many of the same features you can find on higher-end models such as the Lexus LS. And how does Kia do it? It makes many features standard while the competition offers them for an additional cost. Expect to get all the creature comforts such as a large infotainment display, heated and ventilated seats, as well as the full lineup of driver-assist features for a price that may help you breathe a little easier at night.

Kia Optima

2015 Kia Optima© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Kia Optima The Kia Optima not only offers high safety scores and an attractive design, but it also comes loaded with standard features on every trim level. And with a starting price of $22,450, it's a pretty good offer. Although the model lineup offers up plenty of additional options, the base model will get you Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted controls, selectable drive modes, keyless entry, and more. But if you're in the market for a fully loaded model, we'd recommend going with the $28,500 SX Turbo or $36,300 top-of-the-line Limited, as they offer a mind-boggling amount of standard features you'd be hard-pressed to find on a similarly priced competitor.

Lexus RX 350

2015 Lexus RX 350© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Lexus RX 350 Lexus was the first to introduce a luxury crossover, and while it may have been a risk then, the Lexus RX 350 has become one of the top luxury crossovers on the market today -- and for good reason. While there may be other luxury automakers that offer a few more standard features than Lexus, you'll have a hard time finding a better-equipped model for the same price. Key standard features on the Lexus RX 350 include keyless entry and ignition, a backup camera, a premium sound system, leather interior touches and seating, and more. The base model starts at $41,895, but with all models on this list, the further up the trim line you move, the more standard features you'll find on the car.


2016 Mazda6© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda6 It wasn't too long ago that Mazda redesigned its flagship sedan, offering a fresh and aggressive new Mazda6. With top safety ratings, a low starting price, and good reviews, the Mazda6 also offers premium content, even on the base Sport model. A rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, connectivity features, and more, the base model offers a good value at $22,010. And while the base model doesn't offer active safety systems, both the Touring and Grand Touring offer them as standard features. So for around $2,000-$8,000 extra, you'll get all the driver assists, leather seating, and a few other creature comforts.

Subaru Outback

2015 Subaru Outback© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Subaru Outback We've added the Subaru Outback to our list as each model in the lineup comes very well-equipped, with a starting price of $25,745. We'd recommend the 2.5i Premium over the base model, as it features a few more amenities without a significant price bump. With this model, you're looking at a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and Bluetooth controls, paddle shifters, a 7-inch premium infotainment system, backup camera, and plenty of passive safety features. You'll have to move up one more trim level (and pay more) to get standard active safety features.

Tesla Model S

2014 Tesla Model S© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Tesla Model S One might argue that the Model S doesn't belong on the list, but we beg to differ. It's a unique model, with no real direct competitor, and although the starting price may be a bit steep, it has much to offer in terms of features. Keyless entry, driver profiles, driver seat-detection sensor for start/stop functionality, Wi-Fi, 17-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, an array of crash sensors, and much more come standard. And although the starting price pushes about $71,000, thanks to tax credits, you're looking at a price closer to $61,000 for a luxury all-electric car. Just looking at the number of features compared with other luxury models from BMW, Lexus, or Audi, the Tesla Model S offers a lot of bang for the buck.

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