Despite the fact that we want cars that look sexy, and drive like monsters on the road, the top priority first and foremost should be safety. It's hard to believe there was a time when airbags weren't mandatory in vehicles, but the research piled up and we've since wised up. One of the next safety features that is a requirement for new vehicles in 2018 is standard backup cameras.

Proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2014, the rule began phasing in May 2016, with all cars, SUVs, trucks, vans, etc. needing to be outfitted with a rear-view camera. The next step is adding a 360-degree camera. Several automakers offer systems that give the driver a 360-degree panorama view around the vehicle, providing further visibility to aid drivers in avoiding collisions, or when parking and performing tricky maneuvers. From economy vehicles to luxury SUVs, surround view systems are becoming a popular new tech feature that's more than just a gizmo. 

2018 Kia Cadenza Limited

Kia Cadenza
The Kia Cadenza punches above its weight class, and in Limited trim, it gets a 360-degree camera. 

A 360-degree camera may seem like a luxurious feature, but it can be found on a number of mainstream vehicles. The Kia Cadenza is one of them. It has a 360-degree camera standard in Limited trim. The Cadenza also comes with a fair amount of driver assistance technology, including Smart Blind Spot Protection, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Parking Assist System, Autonomous Emergency Braking System, Forward Collision Warning System, and Lane Departure Warning System. Pair that with its other standard technology, like Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation, and you have one of the most tech-laden and luxuriously appointed cars in the Cadenza's price bracket. 

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2018 Genesis G90

Genesis G90
The Genesis G90 comes with a 360-degree camera as standard equipment. 

The Genesis G90 is the Korean luxury brand's flagship sedan. This large sedan is one of the best-equipped cars out there, and it competes with many higher-priced models. It's classy and sophisticated looking, and its long list of standard and available features puts many other luxury cars to shame. The Multi-View Camera System is one of them. It includes a 360-degree camera and is standard equipment. It gives you the rearview and 360-degree view at the same time. Additional standard equipment includes Blind-Spot Monitoring, Lane Keep Assist, Forward-View Cornering Camera, and Smart Cruise Control. The infotainment system features a 12.3-inch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and navigation.

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2018 Ford F-150

Ford F-150
Get the F-150 in Lariat trim level or above and you can get a 360-degree camera added.

The Ford F-150 pickup truck is a beast of a pickup truck with the ability to tow over 13,000 lbs, but it's not all brawn. The vehicle is actually pretty smart, too. It comes with a long list of technology features, including an available 360-degree camera in Lariat trim level or higher. The camera system utilizes a split view that shows you the traditional view and what's around the vehicle in all directions. The F-150 doesn't stop there. It also gets Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system, which is one of the best in the business and features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and navigation. The truck also gets a suite of driver assist technology, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane-Keeping Assist, and Pre-Collision Assist.

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2018 Toyota Camry

2018 Toyota Camry
The 2018 Toyota Camry XLE can be equipped with a 360-degree camera via an optional package. 

Toyota's handsomely redesigned 2018 Camry is more than just a looker. The brand is focused on ramping up the sportiness of its popular midsize sedan, but it hasn't neglected technology or safety. In the top trim levels of the vehicle -- either XSE or XLE -- you can get a 360-degree camera as a part of the Driver's Assist Package, which also comes with a head-up display. Additional equipment includes Toyota's Star Safety System and Toyota Safety Sense, which together include VSC, TRAC, and ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams. The Camry also gets the latest Entune Infotainment System, which features Bluetooth, the Entune App Suite, and navigation.

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2018 Nissan Rogue

Nissan Rogue
You can get a 360-degree camera in multiple trim levels of the Rogue, but it won't make the vehicle any more exciting to drive. 

The Nissan Rogue is America's most popular crossover, and while we don't care for how it drives, there is no denying that it's comfortable and well-equipped. The Rogue is a fantastic family crossover, and a 360-degree camera is available or standard on multiple trim levels, including SV, SL, and Midnight Edition. Driver assistance and safety features are plentiful, too with Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Additional technology includes a 7-inch infotainment screen that gives you access to Bluetooth connectivity features, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Sirius XM Radio.

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Premier

Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet's all-new Equinox is easier than ever to park thanks to a 360-degree camera. 

Chevrolet won't be left out of the 360-degree camera party. On its all-new Equinox, the company adds a Surround Vision Camera to its top trim level, which is Chevy-speak for a 360-degree camera system. The camera setup is optional equipment for the trim level and must be added through the Confidence and Convenience II Package, which also includes Low-Speed Forward Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Follow Distance Indicator, Safety Alert Seat, heated steering wheel, ventilated driver and front passenger seat, and heated rear seats. the Equinox also gets Chevrolet's top-quality MyLink infotainment system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation. 

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2018 Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60
The Volvo XC60 is the best of the XC90 in a smaller and even better package. 

Following in the footsteps of the Volvo XC90, the XC60 brings square-jawed, sophisticated Swedish styling to a five seat crossover. The XC60 won SUV of the Year for 2018 because it's a fantastic all-around vehicle. It's comfortable, engaging to drive, and well-equipped. A 360-degree camera is optional on all trim levels of the XC60 as a part of the Advanced Package. The XC60's technology features don't end with that fancy camera, though. The model also receives a slew of other features, including City Safety Collision Avoidance Technology, Driver Alert Control, Blind Spot Information System, Steer Assist, and Cross Traffic Alert. The Sensus infotainment system handles functions like navigation, apps, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto with a sleek touchscreen display.

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