Nobody brags about commuting. It is an unfortunate reality that 86% of U.S. workers face every day. As a result, auto manufacturers are coming up with bigger and better ideas to design cars that give commuters more peace of mind (and less road rage). But which features matter most when searching for the best commuter cars? The simple answer is: there is no simple answer. Some considerations may include gas mileage, heated seats, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and cost. With this in mind, we searched near and far for to compile a list of some of the cars suited for commuters anywhere.
We present you with TREDs Top 10 Commuter Cars (in no particular order):
#1 2016 BMW i3
MSRP: $42,400 | MPGe: 137/111
Known for smooth, powerful acceleration this BMW can go approximately 114 miles on full charge, which is 40% farther than the first-generation model. The Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic provides a lighter, more efficient feel and is agile for low-speed handling. The ConnectedDrive Services uses a dynamic range map to show you the most efficient route, whether you are headed to work or dropping off the kiddos. We love that the feature will also show prime parking spots near based on the train stop of choice.
#2 2016 Ford Focus Electric
MSRP: $29,170 | MPGe: 110/99
This practical, comfortable, commuter car offers smooth, quick acceleration. Forget about fidgeting to find your keys with an automatic start button. Plus, there are two tiers of covered storage give you tons of space to haul groceries or pack for a long weekend. The easy-to-navigate SmartGauge with EcoGuide feature provides real time information when you are driving efficiently and if you have enough charge to reach your destination.
#3 2017 Chevrolet Volt
MSRP: $33,170 | MPGe: 106 combined city/highway and MPG: 42 combined city-highway (gas)
This brilliantly designed battery-powered electric car never leaves you stranded and uses less gas than a hybrid. It is equipped with all the safety features you could need. The Lane Keep Assist technology will send warning alerts if you unintentionally drift out of lanes and Rear Cross Traffic will help you avoid collisions. Forward Collision Alert kicks in low-speed front automatic breaking too. You can to jam out in your ride using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or Chevrolet MyLink.
#4 2017 Toyota Prius Hybrid
MSRP: $24,685 | MPG: 54/50
Want to help save the environment while riding in style? This car is for you. The most popular of all the gas-electric hybrids, the Prius offers great gas mileage, a smooth ride with roomy interior and trunk space (65.5 cu ft. cargo space) all rolled into a practical 4-door, 5-seater. The Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) has a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
#5 2017 Subaru Legacy
MSRP: $21,995 | MPG: 25/34
This sleekly designed Subaru comes with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with an available 256-hp Subaru Boxer engine. The Legacy has the modern, upscale interior with exceptional fuel economy. Subaru has retuned the shock absorbers to give you a smooth, comfortable ride. In addition, the high-tech safety features received positive reviews including EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and Subaru STARLINK Safety and Security.
#6 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid
MSRP: $26,675 | MPG: 43/41
The Fusion topped the overall 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ offering Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection including heads-up display alerts for possible collisions. If you are the type who person who appreciates the expensive feel of a car AND a pleasant ride, this is the car for you. Newest features include rotary gear shift for a more open cabin, LED headlamps, fog lamps, accent lighting, and best of all, active noise cancellation.
#7 2017 Honda Civic Coupe LX
MSRP: $19,985 | MPG: 28/39
The sleek LX trim offers you six-speed manual and all of the 2017 models are equipped with premium noise cancellation and design features for cabin quietness and compact-segment products. Honda’s safety feature, Honda Sensing, does everything from Adaptive Cruise Control to Collision Mitigation.
#8 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
MSRP: $52,650 MPG: 28/42
If you’re looking for sophistication, quality construction inside and out, the Mercedes E-Class makes the grade. With a variety of body styles at your fingertips, you will have the luxury of heated side mirrors, rear- or all-wheel drive and an electronic stability system. The consumer reviews mention the semi-autonomous driving mode is a major plus along with automated emergency breaking. The infotainment screen is compatible with Apply CarPlay and Android Auto.
#9 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
MSRP: $26,000 | MPG: 40/44
This Hybrid has all of gadgets you could ever want for your commute. Highlights include a 2.0L GDA Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder engine an Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (38kW). Don’t worry about hauling precious cargo when you have seven to-of-the-line airbags, Vehicle Stability Management system and Brake Assist. For entertainment, the 7-inch monitor display will help you link to your phone and enable calls/texts with the Bluetooth hands-free system.
#10 2017 Mazda 6 Sedan
MSRP: $21,945 | MPG: 26/35
The Mazda6 as shown, once again, that they are the best family sedan. The 2017 series has been updated with G-Vectoring Control to improve the vehicle dynamics and sound absorption. Better yet, the new Premium Package includes i-ELOOP regenerative braking, rear seat heaters and heated steering wheels. MAZDA Connect integrates audio streaming and BlueTooth hands-free phone calls and texts.
Altogether, of course, the list is not exhaustive. We could go and on about more cars that are equipped for your drive to where you work, play and everything in between. All in all, we want to help tailor your search for the perfect commuter cars and hope this is a good start. Check out our used car listings here. You just might find your perfect ride (for the perfect price).