Advanced driver-assist systems have come a long way in the past decade. They used to only be offered on higher trim models, especially on luxury brands like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. However, driver-assist features are much more ubiquitous and can be found on regular consumer cars like the Honda Fit to the Toyota Corolla.
Even more impressive is that automakers are now equipping their base-model cars and SUVs with driver-assist features, which means that you can more safety for you and your family at a lower price point. As such, here are a few different midsize SUVs priced under $35,000 that come with advanced safety features as standard equipment.
2020 Kia Telluride
The Kia Telluride has received rave reviews since it first debuted and it even landed in the top spot in Consumer Report’s “Recommend lists” for midsize SUVs. They gave the Telluride a high ranking mainly due to its “overall competence” as well as its impressive list of safety gear.
Not only does the Telluride come standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and blind-spot detection, but it also has a rear seat reminder to alert the driver of any children or pets that are still in the car.
2020 Mazda CX-9
Mazda has upped their luxury quotient as of late and the three-row CX-9 is no exception. With stylish looks inside and out, the CX-9 provides a handsome interior with plenty of first and second-row passenger room and a third row that comes in handy for shorter trips.
The Mazda CX-9 is powered by a high-revving, 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 227 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Along with a smart infotainment system and the availability of Apple Carplay and Android Auto, this well-appointed people-hauler comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot detection.
2020 Ford Edge
When it comes to two-row SUVs, the Ford Edge brings a lot to the table with quick acceleration and unique looks. Those looking for better fuel economy can opt for the base trim level that has a 250-horsepower, four-cylinder engine that achieves up to 29 mpg on the highway, while speed-seekers can choose the Edge ST trim level with a 335-horsepower, twin-turbo V6.
Whether you crave fuel economy or speed, you can rest assured that the Ford Edge will keep you and your family safe thanks to standard safety features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring.
A safe list of SUVs
While these three SUVs are the most recommended by Consumer Reports for having a standard list of driver-assist features while being priced below $35,000, there are plenty of other SUVs that come with them as well.
Some honorable mentions go out to the Honda Pilot, which starts around $31,000 and comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist features, as well the Volkswagen Atlas, which starts around $31,000 as well and comes standard with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
So if you’re currently in the market for an SUV, then you’re in luck. It seems like almost any affordable SUV that you choose on the market today will keep you safe without having to stretch your budget.