In the fall of 2013 I bought a Subaru Forester that was fully loaded and had every tech feature on it that was available. In the beginning I liked all of the technology; the Eyesight collision avoidance system, the information center, the navigation system, the entertainment system, etc. However, over time I started finding a lot of this technology annoying. The adaptive cruise control would adjust your speed down to match the car in front of you so slowly and at such a distance that you would find yourself driving several mph below the speed limit instead of realizing that you needed to pass the driver ahead. Every Monday morning, which is garbage day in my neighborhood, the Eyesight system would "warn" me about the trash bins on a particular street, picking them up as obstacles. The same system would often warn me about other non-existent "obstacles". In rainy driving conditions it would warn me that I was swerving out of my lane when no such thing was ocurring. The navigation system was horrible. It took way too much time to set up a route, and on at least two occasions it was just plain wrong about my destination. The touch screen was very unresponsive and far too small to be useful. The information center was always nagging me about stuff ("please refuel"). Finally one night, while I was driving with my girlfriend, the car told me to "Please refuel", and she remarked, "Oh, isn't that nice! It tells you when to get gas, and it's so polite." What I found annoying, she found endearing, and I suddenly realized, "Damn! I'm driving a car made for women!" I considered how much I had been driving my second vehicle, which is an old pickup. I think I was subconciously rebelling against the forced feminization of my driving experience.
So, after a year and a half, I traded in my Subaru on a Jeep Wrangler. It lacks alot of the tech that the Subaru has, It has no annoying navigation system. It doesn't give a damn about obstacles or lanes. It doesn't talk to me. When the fuel gets low it simply chimes and turns on the low fuel light. It has an information package, but it only gives me information when I look for it. In short, if forces you to pay attention to your car and your driving. I feel more connected to my Jeep even though it has no "connection" systems.
Don't get me wrong. I liked the Forester, and Subuaru builds great cars. If you really want a small SUV with good horsepower that is very safe and can go almost anywhere I can highly recommend the Forester. I liked the Forester, but I didn't LOVE it. On the other hand, I love the Jeep. It's a simple vehicle that is fun to drive and offers a great deal of utility.