Commutes can be long and stressful as drivers experience traffic and other obstacles that roads and freeways offer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 87% of commuting is done by automobile. In fact, the average commute in the U.S. is about 25 minutes each way. That’s 50 minutes a day, more than four hours a week, and more than 200 hours a year. And of course, there is all the time we spend in our car outside of the daily commute, running errands and taking care of our everyday tasks.
The 2014 Ford Focus S Sedan
With the amount of time that’s spent behind the wheel, choosing a good commuter car is crucial. What’s a “good commuter car” you ask?
“A good commuter car is one that should be economical, both in operation but also, and perhaps more importantly, in purchase price,” said Robert Sinclair, the manager of media relations for AAA New York and the test-drive editor of their Car and Travel magazine.
With that said, we’ve compiled a list of commuter cars that fit this criteria and may be good options for you:
2014 Ford Focus S Sedan
Price: MSRP from: $16,810
Fuel Efficiency: 26 city/36 mpg highway
With a 2.0-liter 160 horsepower engine, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, side-curtain airbags and a MP3 capable 4 speaker audio system with speed-sensitive volume control, this Ford definitely focuses on power, safety, and comfort.
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
Price: MSRP from $24,985
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg city/46 highway
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is the first diesel-powered vehicle General Motors has offered in the U.S. in 30 years with 10 standard air bags. This quick commuter car comes equipped with a 151 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo diesel.
2013 Mazda3 iTouring
Price: MSRP from $19,595
Fuel Economy: 30 mpg city/40 highway
This sporty wagon offers a 5.8-inch color touch screen navigation system, exterior temperature display, push-button ignition, and a blind spot monitoring system. With all these “bells and whistles,” don’t forget about the “Zoom Zoom” provided by the 155-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder engine.
2014 Nissan Versa Note SV
Price: MSRP from $15,990
Fuel Economy: 31 mpg city/40 highway
The Versa comes with a 109-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission which means fewer trips to the pump. The Bluetooth Hands-free phone system, integrated key with remote keyless entry, and four-speaker sound system adds the icing on the cake for this commuter car.
2014 Honda Accord LX
Price: MSRP from $21,955
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg city/36 highway
The Accord is packed with an 8-inch high resolution screen with customizable feature settings, rearview camera, Bluetooth hands free link, and text message functionality . Under the hood sits a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s perfect for the commuter who plans on having some company with them.
Toyota Prius V
Price: MSRP from $26,750
Fuel Economy: 44 mpg city/40 mpg highway
This gas-electric hybrid displays minivan aesthetics. Providing more room for passengers and cargo, there’s no doubt it can be used for road trips and family expeditions. A 98-horsepower 1.8-liter engine will equal more time on the road and less time at the pump. Available in 3 models the “Two,” “Three,” and “Five,” buyers have the option to choose the perfect Prius that fits their preferences.
For most of us, the daily commute is unavoidable and stressful, but choosing the right car can help reduce stress levels. The cars we’ve featured offer excellent fuel economy with reasonable prices. The numerous safety options and features can give drivers the ability to control what’s happening within the inside of their vehicle when they don’t have control of what happens on the outside.