6 High-Tech Cars That Would Make James Bond Jealous

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These days, your car is more than just a means to get from point A to point B.It’s a roaming smartphone and computer. From technology that will automatically tweet your location to systems that will park your car for you, technology is increasingly becoming standard in vehicles.

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Some options drivers can expect to get include in-car entertainment systems, many of which boast at least 8-inch LED screens that control all aspects of the car, night-vision systems that increase your visibility beyond your headlights and emergency brake-assist technology that can sense when a panic-braking situation is occurring.

But not all cars are created equal. There are those standout high-tech cars and trucks that have so much built-in technology, you’ll think the car manufacturer has James Bond on staff.

The technology isn’t only reserved for high-end vehicles. There are reasonably priced cars that compete with the big boys when it comes to technology.

With that in mind, here’s a look at six vehicles that will impress even the most tech-savvy drivers.

This story was originally published by Bankrate.

Mini Cooper S Coupe

MSRP: $25,450
Gas mileage: City -- 27 mpg, Highway -- 35 mpg

The Mini Cooper S Coupe may not be on the top of the list of sports cars or luxury cars, but this car is a hands-down heavyweight when it comes to technology.

While in-car entertainment systems are commonplace these days, the unique placement of it in the 1.6-liter four-cylinder Cooper S sets this car apart.

A 6.5-inch high-definition display is embedded in the centre of the speedometer. The car comes equipped with Bluetooth, the ability to integrate your smartphone into the system and a USB/iPod adaptor.

Drivers can control the system using the car's joystick, voice activation or steering wheel buttons.

You won't have to worry about bringing your car charger with you when driving the Cooper S because there's a phone charger in the centre armrest.

Need to access Facebook, Twitter, Google or Web radio while you're on the road? Download the free Mini iPhone app.

Cutting-edge technology isn't only reserved for the cabin of the Cooper S.

To take your Cooper on the open roads, pop it into sport mode, and it will automatically adjust settings to give you rapid acceleration, response and tighter steering.

Audi S5 Coupe

MSRP: $50,900
Gas mileage: City -- 18 mpg, Highway -- 28 mpg

The Audi S5 Coupe isn't only for serious drivers.

It's also a must-have for anyone looking to blend technology and style.

Music lovers will applaud the 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system that comes with the Premium Plus package in this 3-liter six-cylinder 333-horsepower sedan.

Audi's optional noise compensation technology enables sound volume to stay constant no matter how loud the road conditions are or how fast you're driving.

Audi's MNI Navigation Plus system includes a full-colour LCD screen, voice activation, real-time traffic information and three-dimensional topographic data.

Audi Connect brings high-resolution, three-dimensional terrain and aerial imagery through a first-to-market integration of Google Earth.

The navigation system acts as a Wi-Fi hot spot for up to eight electronic devices. The Audi S5 isn't shabby when it comes to safety technology, either. Its optional side-assist technology can detect cars in your blind spot.

Ford Fiesta SE Sedan

MSRP: $15,200
Gas mileage: City -- 29 mpg, Highway -- 39 mpg

In addition to getting almost 40 mpg on the highway, the 1.6-liter four-cylinder Ford Fiesta SE Sedan comes with Sync with Sync AppLink.

The technology gives you the ability to access Internet content, listen to your favourite Internet music, hear incoming tweets, make phone calls hands-free and have incoming texts read aloud to you.

Whoever said good things come in little packages was spot-on with the Ford Fiesta, when it comes to technology. What the Fiesta lacks in speed and style, it makes up for in cutting-edge technology.

With the system's voice-activated music search feature, all you have to say is what or whom you want to hear, and seconds later it will be blaring out of your sound system.

The Sync Services gives you turn-by-turn directions, sports scores, news and other entertainment information.

Lexus GS 350

MSRP: $46,900
Gas mileage: City -- 19 mpg, Highway -- 28 mpg

A 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, four power-driving modes and a blind-spot monitor are just a few examples of the advanced technology found in the Lexus GS 350.

The system enables you to view two types of information at the same time.

This 3.5-liter, six-cylinder luxury car incorporates a ton of technology inside and outside of the car.

Tech-savvy drivers with an eye for safety will welcome technology that utilizes cameras and multiple sensors to keep your car in its lane, a blind-spot monitor that detects and alerts you when other cars are out of sight, and radar-enhanced, adaptive cruise control that keeps you at a safe distance even when the cars ahead are decelerating.

Comfort isn't lost in the GS. The climate-control system can automatically sense the presence of a front-seat passenger and open or close its air registers accordingly.

Honda Odyssey

MSRP: $28,575
Gas mileage: City -- 19 mpg, Highway -- 28 mpg

The optional Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition not only gives you directions but also real-time traffic conditions in most major cities.

Standard on all 2013 Odyssey models is the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink that lets you make and receive calls without touching the phone.

Even the DVD screen is high-tech. The 16.2-inch Honda DVD Ultrawide Rear Entertainment System boasts a split-screen viewing capability.

These days, built-in DVD players are pretty much the standard for minivans, but that's just the beginning of the technology included in the Honda Odyssey.

Standard in all models is the USB Audio Interface, which lets you connect your iPod or USB flash drive to the car. Playing those iPod songs is easy to do thanks to a feature that recognises simple voice commands to play music.

Cool tech features don't stop with the Odyssey's infotainment system. Even the car's interior has technology to boast about such as the lower storage equipped with a cool box.

Found in the EX-L models and above, the cool box keeps up to six 12-ounce cans or up to four 20-ounce bottles chilled.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo X

Price: $36,695
Gas mileage: City -- 16 mpg, Highway -- 23 mpg

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo X is not only a favourite because of its winter driving capabilities, but also because of the technology amenities that abound in this 3.6-liter six-cylinder SUV.

Similar to your home computer, Jeep's Uconnect system enables you to store thousands of songs, videos and photos, access directions and even charge your gadgets all from a touch-screen command centre.

The enhanced GPS navigation system not only gives you turn-by-turn directions but also recognises voice commands so you can input destinations while you're driving.

Listening to your thousands of songs will be pleasing with the nine speakers and subwoofer installed in the cabin. There's an optional 9-inch rear drop-down DVD screen equipped with ports to connect games and media players.

Driving is also easier thanks to rain-sensitive wipers that will adjust to the high level if your car is suddenly splashed by a truck.

Safety tech features abound in this SUV, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Path Detection.

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