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Looking for a simple vehicle? Here are a few tech-free options

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 8:10:50 AM

Technology has taken over the automotive industry. Vehicles today are filled with gadgets, buttons and screens, and sometimes you just want to get behind the wheel and drive.

One of the big trends today is the "connected car," or a vehicle that is connected to the Internet while on the road. For example, e-commerce firm Alibaba and Chinese automaker SAIC Motor Corp recently announced a $160 million investment in connected-car development.

"Car manufacturers are investing a lot of energy and resources into building more connected cars, and that's raised some legitimate concerns about safety and privacy among consumers, even if there is little or no risk to them at this time," senior editor John O'Dell explained in a news release.

Thankfully, there are still plenty of vehicles out there that aren't as heavy on the technology, if you are in the market for a new car and affordable auto financing.

According to, buyers may want to go for the 2015 Hyundai Accent GS hatchback or the 2015 Kia Rio LX. Other options range from Mazdas to Nissans and the popular Smart car. These vehicles are still new, but they don't have features like Bluetooth, cameras and connectivity.