Infotainment features have become a huge selling point for modern cars. But infotainment doesn’t mean much if it’s not easily accessible. If you’re in the market for a well-rounded SUV that offers user-friendly tech, these are the models you should consider.
2020 Subaru Crosstrek
Subaru’s Crosstrek is what Consumer Reports calls a “pseudo-SUV.” The Crosstek isn’t particularly sporty or agile. But on the plus side, the Crosstrek comes standard with all-wheel-drive and modest off-roading capabilities. The Crosstrek features a 152-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission. For better fuel economy, you’ll want to select the available continuously variable transmission. There’s also a hybridized version you might want to consider.
The Crosstrek is a comfortable ride that offers a high-quality cabin that can accommodate up to five passengers. This Subaru also earns high marks for its user-friendly infotainment system. The Crosstrek comes standard with a 6.5.-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. For more tech, you can upgrade your Crosstrek with a larger touchscreen, a wifi hotspot, and navigation. With features like these, it’s no wonder why U.S. News named the Crosstrek as one of the best new cars for technophobes.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
The Jeep Grand Cherokee can be as powerful and luxurious as you want it to be. Grand Cherokees come standard with a 295-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic. For more power, you will want to go up to the upper-level SRT and Trackhawk trims. That said, the base Laredo trim is your best bet if you’d like to keep things simple in your Grand Cherokee.
U.S. News favors the Grand Cherokee for its spacious cabin that’s suitable enough for adults. The Grand Cherokee also offers some of the most user-friendly infotainment on the market. Generally speaking, Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment interface is known for its sharp visuals and its convenient smartphone integration.
The Grand Cherokee comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. This Jeep also offers desirable, advanced safety equipment, including blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert. Overall, the Grand Cherokee is an attractive, mixed bag of an SUV.
2020 Jeep Wrangler
With the Jeep Wrangler, you get an extraordinary off-roading experience and lively powertrain options. More recently, the Wrangler has gained recognition for its technology offerings too. Standard Wranglers feature a 285-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine six-speed manual transmission. The Wrangler’s standard engine reaches higher speeds with ease, but the available turbocharged four-cylinder engine earns more praise.
As you probably already know, the Wrangler is ideal for off-road enthusiasts, and not for those looking for a daily driver. Excess road noise in the Wrangler could present a problem for some, and its stiff ride quality could be an issue too. On the flip side, the Wrangler does offer a roomy, upscale cabin. This Jeep comes with basic infotainment features, such as a 5-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connection. For more modern technology, including air conditioning, you’ll have to upgrade.