SANTA MONICA, California — The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata, Kia Rio LX and Smart Fortwo Pure Coupe are among the eight new cars and trucks that meet the needs of shoppers who want minimal or no connectivity in their next new car, according to Edmunds.com.
Others on the "unconnected" list include the 2015 Hyundai Accent GS hatchback and GLS sedan, 2015 Mazda 3 i SV, 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car, 2015 Nissan NV passenger van and 2015 Nissan Titan S pickup in King Cab and Crew Cab models.
The list was created by identifying new vehicles without features such as navigation systems, Bluetooth functions, exterior cameras, keyless ignitions or embedded cellular connectivity.
Most of the vehicles on the list are base models and some may come with connected features on higher trim levels.
Some of the vehicles on the list are equipped with manual transmissions, as in the case of the Accent, while others have automatic transmissions.
"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," said Edmunds.com Senior Editor John O'Dell. "But even if those dangers never come to fruition, some people just do not want a vehicle packed with technology, and this list should be valuable to them as they shop for their next new car."
Edmunds says: Not everybody wants to be connected behind the wheel. This list is an excellent starting point for the unconnected car shopper.