The best self-parking cars provide an ingenious solution to one of the trickiest driving tasks: parallel parking. These vehicles use an array of sensors to first identify whether a spot is large enough for you to fit. Next, most of the cars will automatically steer you into the space while guiding you to work the gas pedal, brakes, and transmission. Other choices up the ante with full automatic operation. In some, you can be standing outside of the vehicle as it parks — or unparks — itself.
And while some of the fanciest tech is reserved for upscale brands, the more basic automatic-parking technology — often with perpendicular-parking assistance — is offered in a number of mainstream cars. Our favorites naturally include alternatives from across the market, beginning with one vehicle priced under $26,000.