For what you're looking for, a Civic EX-T is very hard to beat. It has the most complete safety tech package among cars with prices in the 20s. For 2017 it's offered as a hatchback as well as a sedan. I believe the hatchback is made in the UK, though, so its reliability could differ from that of the sedan.
I don't think Jetta's or the Forester's adaptive cruise control remains operational in stop-and-go traffic. So those are out.