OK, a car isn't exactly an impulse buy, and maybe it's stretching a point to call it a gadget. What's more, this car is not the most technically advanced vehicle on the road -- you'll pay $80,000 or more for that privilege. However, the Volvo C30 offers a nice array of tech features in a slick and sporty design for summer, and with a starting price of $24,600, it's much easier on the wallet than its high-end competitors.
The C30 is outfitted with niceties such as blind-spot detection, which warns you about approaching cars using sensors that snap 30 pics per second; a powerful 650-watt stereo system; and funky gas-discharge headlights that track around a curve as you drive. It also offers more-standard tech features, including a flip-up navigation screen, fog lights on the front and rear (and even on the side mirrors), a tire-pressure monitoring system, HD radio and a Bluetooth hands-free system for your phone.
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