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5 Cars with Standard 360-Degree Cameras for Less Than $50K

A premium feature comes as standard equipment on these models

Wade Thiel, Senior Staff Writer

Safety innovations happen all the time in the automotive industry. One of the most interesting and helpful safety technologies that's quickly becoming more common is the 360-degree camera. This technology goes by a few different names depending on the automaker. Some call it an "around view monitor" others "surround view camera," and some simply call it a 360-degree camera. No matter what it's called, it's essentially the same thing.

Basically, it's a recreation of the vehicle's surroundings from the cameras placed on all sides of the car. This allows the driver to see things they otherwise wouldn't and makes backing up and maneuvering in tight spaces very easy. Not all cars have this feature and even fewer have it as a standard feature. Luckily, some do on certain trim levels, and the following models are even reasonably priced under $50K.

Nissan Murano SL

  • PROS: Multiple trim levels have a 360-degree camera as standard equipment, the rest of the vehicle's cabin offers premium features and materials.
  • CONS: No Around View Monitor on lowest trim level, even as an option.

The Nissan Murano SL trim level ($37,300 MSRP) is right in the middle of the Murano lineup. It’s the first trim level that comes with the 360-degree camera as standard equipment. The lower level SV can get it as an optional feature and the lowest level S can’t have it at all. Go the other way up the trim ladder and it’s still standard on the Platinum trim level and the Midnight Edition.

Aside from the 360-degree camera, the Murano SL features a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, an upscale interior and a sleek and wavy exterior with a floating roof effect at the back of the vehicle. Its technology includes an advanced Drive-Assist 7-inch display and a NissanConnect infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and navigation.

Infiniti QX30 Sport

  • PROS: 360-degree camera available on more than one trim level, Sport trim level adds genuinely sporty characteristics to the vehicle.
  • CONS: Two trim levels don't get a 360-degree camera.

The Infiniti QX30 only offers a 360 degree camera as a standard feature on the top trim Sport model. The feature is optional on the Premium trim level, too. Any lower trim levels, like the standard qx30 or the Luxury model, is not offered with an Around View Camera.

The QX30 Sport trim level ($38,500 MSRP) comes with sportier suspension, better wheels and brakes, and some other sport-focused exterior and interior touches. In addition to the 360-degree camera, there’s an Infiniti InTouch infotainment system with a 7-inch display that provides access to Bluetooth connectivity, Sirius XM Radio, and vehicle information. The QX30 Sport has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Kia Cadenza Limited

  • PROS: Tons of additional features included with the trim level that has a standard 360-degree camera.
  • CONS: The Surround View Monitor feature is only provided on one trim level.

The Kia Cadenza is an underappreciated car for a number of reasons. One of those happens to be that you can get it with a 360-degree camera as standard equipment in the top trim level. The Cadenza Limited ($44,390 MSRP) comes decked out with all kinds of additional features, too. The other trim levels of this wonderful sedan don’t have access to the feature, so if you want it, go with the Limited trim.

In addition to the Surround View Monitor, the car comes with a Harman Kardon QuantumLogic surround sound system, an easy to use UVO infotainment system. The 8-inch touchscreen display gives you access to Sirius XM, HD Radio, UVO eServices, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The Cadenza Limited also gets a powerful 3.3-liter V6 under the hood that produces 290 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque.

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate

  • PROS: Standard 360-degree camera in top trim and availability in bottom trim, family friendly spacious cabin, plenty of other features and amenities in top trim.
  • CONS: Mid-trim vehicle doesn't get the option for the 360-degree camera.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is an interesting vehicle when it comes to its 360-degree camera. The vehicle is offered with a standard multi-view camera system, which is Hyundai’s wording for the feature, as standard equipment for the top trim level It also offers the feature to the bottom trim level as optional equipment, but it’s unavailable to the middle trim level.

The top trim Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate ($36,500 MSRP) comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood that produces 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Inside the cabin, the Santa Fe Sport has an attractive and easy to use design with some comfy leather heated and ventilated seats and an 8-inch infotainment system with Hyundai BlueLink, Bluetooth, satellite radio, navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Nissan Maxima Platinum

  • PROS: Top trim level comes with a lot of additional features other than the Around View Monitor, powerful 300 hp V6 engine.
  • CONS: Only the top trim level offers a 360-degree camera, polarizing exterior styling on all trim levels.

The Nissan Maxima only has the 360-degree camera feature as standard equipment on the top trim level. Oddly enough, it’s not even offered as an option on the other trim levels of the car. The other trim levels come with several optional packages, but the Nissan Around View Monitor is not one of them.

The Maxima Platinum trim level ($40,040 MSRP) comes with premium Ascot leather-appointed heated and ventilated seats and a modern interior, including a Nissan Connect infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen display that provides access to navigation, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay. The Maxima Platinum is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 300 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque.

Facts on standard 360-degree cameras

  • They allow you to see things you otherwise couldn't.
  • Most models that offer it only do so as standard on the top trim level.
  • The technology has advanced rapidly and in some models can show more than the top view of the vehicle.