Brands like, Chevrolet, Honda, Mazda, and more, are offering features and amenities once reserved for the luxury automobile level.
Whenever new technology is brought to the market it’s typically tested in the luxury market before it’s offered down in the mainstream market. Fair or not, the fact that new tech adds to the price of a vehicle means it’s going to be added to those vehicles that are sold at higher prices to customers that don’t mind paying a little more to have the system desired. Thankfully, some of this tech makes its way to the mainstream market at some point. One of the items that’s finally making its way down the line is the head-up display.
What is a Head-Up Display
A head-up display (HUD) is an item that allows some of the information you need to be broadcast on a small screen or on the windshield in front of you. This feature allows you to avoid taking your eyes off the road or looking down while you’re driving. Some are programmable to put more information on display while others offer the basics that you need so that you can continue to know how fast you’re driving, where you’re going and what your fuel levels are.
Here are a few of the vehicles sold for less than $30,000 that can now be enjoyed with a HUD installed:
Chevrolet – This brand has added the HUD to several of its vehicles with the Camaro being the most affordable to offer this system. The HUD started showing up in the Chevrolet models starting with the fifth-generation of the Camaro and it’s found a home in the SS, Corvette, Tahoe and Suburban, but none of the others are as affordable as the Camaro.
Honda – While not as quick to the market with the HUD as Chevrolet, Honda offered the HUD on the 2017 version of the Clarity which was only offered as a lease. Thankfully, it’s now made its way to the new 2018 version of the Honda Accord to be a display you want to enjoy in one of the most affordable and widely sold models on the market.
Mazda – You’ll be amazed when you shop for and choose the Mazda3 and it can be had with the HUD that Mazda is calling the “Active Driving Display”. This item is offered on all models except the Miata to allow you a variety of ways to have the HUD and a vehicle that costs less than $30,000. This item is projected on a screen that’s mounted just above the gauge cluster.
Mini – When you choose the Mini Hatch or the Countryman you can have a HUD and experience the information for your speed, navigation system and entertainment information with this screen that rises up out of the dashboard. This is a stand-alone option for both vehicles that you can add for a minimal cost and enjoy the experience of the information you want in your sight line.
Toyota – The Prius family of vehicles offers you the benefit of a HUD to make them the most technologically advanced model from Toyota for the price you want to pay. This display gives you the navigation information, speed and battery life that you need when you’re on the road. This is only offered on specific trim levels of the Prius and Prius Prime.