Find yourself driving into the office on a daily basis? If so, having a great commuter car is a good investment. This list isn’t about luxury. It’s about cost efficiency and overall comfort. You’ll be spending a significant percentage of your weekly time in and around your car, so picking the right vehicle is of upmost importance. Lucky for you, buying one of the following vehicles won’t break the bank.
Best Commuter Cars
1.) Honda Accord
The Honda Accord has been a long time staple for many American consumers, and for good reason. It has one of the longest lifespans out of any vehicle on the market, and offers a smooth ride and comfortable cabin. It’s the go to choice in the mid-size sedan class. The 2015 models can get up to 36 mpg on the highway, which is excellent. If you spring for the hybrid model, it’s more like 45 mpg. You’ll be cruising in style and saving money over time.
2.) Toyota Camry
Like the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry has been a long-term staple in the mid-size sedan class. The Camry offers a smooth ride, great handling, and upscale cabin materials in the more expensive models. The base model is where some people have an issue—it’s a little too basic. However, it’s an affordable vehicle that lasts forever. It always cracks the list for longest lasting sedans year after year. The Camry gets 35 mpg on the highway, and the hybrid version clocks in at 39 mpg. Not quite as good as the Honda Accord, which is why we gave it a slightly lower ranking.
3.) Mazda 3
The Mazda 3 is a compact sedan, so it’s really not the vehicle for everybody. Unusually large or tall drivers might sacrifice some comfort. But the Mazda 3 is packed full of performance. With an upscale interior and excellent handling, it’s simply a car that’s fun to drive. It’s got a great price point, too. Mazda’s are very reliable cars, and even the base model offers excellent performance. The Mazda 3 gets an incredible 41 mpg on the highway, and the higher performance models only drop down to 40 mpg. It’s simply a great car with some of the best reviews on the market. Just be aware that cargo space is severely limited in the Mazda 3, so if you’re planning on toting materials around it’s probably not the best option. Look for something bigger.
4.) Volkswagen Golf
Hatchbacks aren’t for everyone. But they offer excellent cargo space and safety. In fact, the Golf is one of the safest cars on the market. Even the base models boast upscale cabin materials, and a high performance turbocharged engine. Combined with great handling and comfortable seats, it really packs a punch. It’s fun to drive, comfortable, and has excellent gas mileage. (36 mpg on the highway).