It’s considered standard these days to buy a car with a backup camera.
It’s a federal safety requirement, and that makes sense because it offers the drive important views as the vehicle is backing up.
Now many vehicle manufacturers are taking this a step further with a full 360-degree camera that provides the most complete view of your vehicle’s surroundings.
Also known as a “surround-view monitor,” this technology includes a standard backup camera at the rear of the car and similar ones at the front and both sides.
The cameras offer a view of those surroundings, in addition to a bird’s eye view of any obstacles, curbs or other markings around the vehicle.
The 360-degree camera is a great addition to your vehicle, but for now it comes mostly as an option.
A number of vehicles offer the feature, including less expensive cars that start at nearly $20,000 to luxury SUVs that cost more than $77,000.
Here’s a look at some of the vehicles that offer this useful technology and how you might add the option to the features selected.
The Toyota Camry, considered one of the best-selling mid-size sedans, has offered a 360-degree camera since its 2018 redesign.
The spacious Camry interior that offers more luxuries than before lists the camera as an option on its more expensive trim levels.
The option starts on the Camry XLE and is included in the Driver Assist Package.
That trim and options start at $34,155.
As one of the most popular models in Toyota’s lineup, the RAV4 options include a wide range of features, including a hybrid version and some off-road options.
The 360-degree camera is not available in all trims, but start with the Limited series and then choose the available Advanced Technology package, with a base suggested retail price of just under $35,000 for the vehicle.
As one of the newest additions to the Volkswagen lineup, the Tiguan boasts many fun technology features as options on the more expensive trims, including the SEL Premium R-Line grade.
If you want the 360-degree camera in your Tiguan, you’ll have to buy that top-level trim.
Starting at less than $40,000, the added 360-degree camera offers an easy way to assist you when maneuvering into tight spaces.
Even the crossovers are getting into the high-end technology game.
The Mazda CX-9 seven-passenger family vehicle is one of those crossovers that offers a 360-degree camera.
The feature comes standard starting at the $40,480 Grand Touring trim level.
With its sporty styling, luxury interiors and easy handling, this CX-9 surprises as a competitor to the luxury class vehicles.
Mazda offers another vehicle option for the 360-degree camera: the compact Mazda CX-5 SUV, another premium offering by the manufacturer.
But if you want the cameras, you’ll have to go to the CX-5’s priciest trim, the Signature.
The surround views of your vehicle come standard in this model, along with Nappa leather upholstery and real wood trim.
If a minivan is more your style, you have the option of selecting a 360-degree camera in the Chrysler Pacifica.
As one of the more affordable minivans in its class, the cameras come as an available option in the Touring Plus model, priced at a base of $35,385.
In addition to the 360-degree camera, other useful features include hands-free operation of the liftgate, power sliding doors and a built-in vacuum cleaner.
Here’s something you may not have expected – a big pickup truck with a handy 360-degree camera to help maneuver that hulking vehicle.
Check out the Chevrolet Silverado with its special camera options that provide a unique series of vantage points in addition to the basic front, rear and birds-eye views.
The Silverado’s camera option offers a 15-view suite of modes intended to provide help with everything from keeping an eye on a trailer in tow to checking out potential hazards around you.
One of the coolest features is the “transparent trailer” setting, which provides an unobstructed view of traffic behind the truck, seemingly erasing the trailer from view.
These cool gadgets come at a price: you’ll have to put down more than $52,000 for the camera option.
Chevrolet also has gotten into the 360-degree camera game, but only at its most expensive version of the Chevrolet Equinox.
The surround view camera featured in the Premier trim comes with the optional Confidence & Convenience II package.
The starting price of $31,000 makes the compact SUV affordable, and it’s available in different engine choices with the camera package.
It may not come as a surprise that luxury manufacturers also offer optional 360-degree cameras.
Check out the Genesis G70.
The compact sports sedan boasts a lot of features, like standard rear-wheel drive, optional turbocharged V-6 engine, and, of course, the surround view camera.
But the camera option starts at an upgraded model with a base pricing of just under $44,000, about $10,000 more than the least expensive version of the G70.
Hyundai Santa Fe
In the middle of the Hyundai SUV lineup is the Santa Fe, with seating for up to five passengers.
Yes, the Santa Fe does offer the 360-degree camera system as an option.
But there’s a catch. You must purchase the top of the line Limited trim of the Hyunda Santa Fe, starting at under $39,000.
As noted earlier, the surround view camera option is popular among luxury vehicle manufacturers.
Check out the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, it’s smallest SUV.
This subcompact SUV is one of the few in its class to provide the 360-degree camera option.
As is true about many good things, you’ll have to pay more for it by opting for the Parking Assistance package and the Convenience package on the vehicle that starts at just under $35,000.
One of the more affordable SUVs on the market also manages to slip in a surround view camera option.
The Mitsubishi Outlander starts offering the option in SEL model, including the 360-degree camera in the SEL Touring package.
The cameras come standard in the Mitsubishi Outlander GT, which is the highest level trim available.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Another Mitsubishi model, the Eclipse Cross, also offers the surround view camera option, but you’ll have to opt for the most expensive version of this vehicle.
The SEL trim of the Eclipse Cross, starting at just under $28,000, makes the option available in the Touring package, for another $2,000 or so.
Chevrolet Bolt EV
Here’s something different.
Even if you’re shopping for fuel-saving electric cars, you can find vehicles with 360-degree cameras.
One of those is the Chevrolet Bolt EV, a five-door hatchback that offers more than fuel savings and a roomier-than-expected interior.
Its camera system also offers a cool feature.
The rearview mirror transforms into a high-resolution camera display.
Both the 360-degree camera and the camera mirror are standard on the Bolt’s Premier trim, which starts at $41,020.
Volvo is another luxury brand offering the 360-degree camera.
Every Volvo model features the option, along with a big vertically oriented 9-inch touchscreen to provide a high-resolution, crisp image.
The most affordable Volvo, the XC40 subcompact crossover, is the entry level vehicle with the camera option, starting at just under $36,000.
The Hyundai Tucson’s optional surround view camera comes as part of a significant upgrade that sports other driver assist features, such as adaptive cruise control and driver attention warning.
The camera feature comes standard on the Limited and Ultimate trims, starting at just over $31,000.
The Nissan Rogue also offers helpful driver assist features such as ProPilot Assist and a surround view camera system.
The SUV’s SV trim offers the 360-degree camera in its Premium or Sun and Sound Touring packages.
Like on other top-end trims of other Nissan vehicles, the Rogue SL comes standard with a surround view camera.
It’s also available in the Rogue Sport.
Even as an inexpensive SUV, Nissan offers the 360-degree camera in the Kicks.
The range-topping SR trim has it, and with a price tag under $23,000.
Even when you add the premium package and two-tone exterior colors, the subcompact SUV still checks under $25,000 making it a strong value.
Lincoln, long a luxury brand known for the details in its vehicles, provides the convenience of a 360-degree camera in its big Navigator SUV.
The feature is standard on all but the base model, and comes as an option in those trims starting at just over $77,000.