By Cars.com EditorsOctober 31, 2014
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When you spend $35K or more on a midsize family sedan, you expect it's going to come packed with all kinds of technology and safety goodies, but when you're a little bit more budget-friendly, around $27,000 … can you get anything good at that price?
(upbeat music) When you spend $35,000 or more on a mid-size family sedan, you expect that it's going to come packed with all kinds of technology and safety goodies.
But when you're a little bit more budget-friendly around $27,000, is there really anything left? Can you get anything good at that price level? Here's five things that we found surprising that you could still get at $27,000 or less. At $27,000 most cars in this category have a mid range audio system. Nothing terribly fancy. But for that level of money, you can actually get the 8.4 inch screen in the Chrysler 200, along with the Uconnect system. It's got a number of features, including satellite radio. And even a number of apps, including a Wi-Fi hotspot. If you're like me, you live in a climate where several months out of the year the weather really isn't so great. For those of us who live in those areas, Remote Start is fantastic. From the safety and comfort of your own home, you can keep the car up or cool it down depending on the weather outside. So that it's ready for you, when you're ready to go. For a bargain price mid-size sedan, you shouldn't really expect too much in the way of advanced safety features. Like lane departure warning, or automatic cruise control. But there is one model that actually does offer that kind of system for under $26,000 even. The Subaru Legacy has something called EyeSight. It's an advanced safety system that offers things like lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control. And as you can see behind the rear view mirror here, a stereoscopic camera that can detect objects in front of you and bring the car to a stop before you hit anything. Lane departure warning is not terribly common in cars at this price point, but Honda has something unique. It's called LaneWatch. And it uses a tiny little camera in the passenger side mirror to show what's in the right-hand blind spot on the center console display screen. These lines in the pavement actually correspond to car length behind you, so that you can see exactly how far an obstacle is. You can activate it by turning the right-hand turn signal on or by pushing a button on the turn signal stock. We were surprised to find turbocharged engines under the hoods of some of these mid-priced family sedans. But don't get too excited. These are not performance engines. The idea here is to put a really tiny engine into a comparably large car, and then use turbocharging to boost both performance and fuel economy. Now, the bigger surprise for us was that the turbo-charged engines really weren't all that more fuel efficient than their non-turbocharged competitors. However, it does provide competitive fuel economy, but a good size performance kick in the pants. (car engine revving)