Sports and luxury vehicles are great, but they can sometimes be impractical when you’re spending hours behind the wheel, commuting to and from work, dropping kids off at school, and running various family errands that have to get done by the end of the day. When you’re putting a lot of mileage onto your car, you want to look for something comfortable, fuel efficient, and convenient. Use this guide to look through some of the highly recommended everyday vehicles.
Starting off at just under $18,000, the Mazda3 was ranked the number one compact vehicle with sharp steering, and athletic handling. The car drives like a sports car but is fuel efficient and a top safety pick. It’s equipped with a 155 horsepower four-cylinder engine and gets offered as a hatchback or a sedan. The interior front seats have extra side support to help with long drives. The inside was also made of premium materials. The drive train is FWD and you can expect to get 25-28 mpg (miles per gallon) in the city, and 33-37 for highway driving.
2017 Kia Forte
There are many cars in the compact class, which means that it gets easy to overlook them, and that happens with the 2017 Kia Forte. The well-designed vehicle has a spacious interior for its’ size and seats five. Starting off at $16,600, the Kia Forte is very reliable. It has a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The base model gets 37 mpg on the highway, and 26 for city driving. Also, you can get the model with a rear-view camera, LED headlights, cruise control, seven-inch touchscreen, and more.
2017 Honda Civic
For years the Honda Civic has been a go-to choice for everyday drivers all over the world. It has a number three ranking in the compact car range, and a manual transmission. Starting off at $18,500, you get a 158 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Smooth riding and fuel efficiency give you 28 mpg in the city and about 40 on the highway. The base model comes with a rear-view camera, five-inch LCD screen, and Bluetooth connectivity. There are plenty of additional safety features that can be added on to heighten the experience.
2017 Toyota Prius
The base model of the Toyota Prius runs at $24,500 and is ranked number two in hybrid and electric cars. It has a remarkable fuel efficiency that gives you 54 mpg for city driving, and 50 on the highway. The Toyota Prius is said to be the model that made hybrid cars mainstream. The car has two electric motors and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that work together to give 121 horsepower. It has quick acceleration because of the electronic boost, and a smooth braking system. The car comes with a standard Toyota Safety package that has forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, rear-view camera, cruise control, and more.
2017 GMC Acadia
Known for its advancements in safety technology, the 2017 GMC Acadia has a starting price of $29,000. The familiar model has been redesigned to include impressive safety features such as the rear-seat alert. The system notifies the driver to check the back seat before leaving the vehicle. In addition to that, it has excellent fuel efficiency, a decent base price, and some of the highest safety scores of its class. With the newly designed model, you can get 21 mpg in the city, and 26 on the highway. Some features include a tri-zone climate control, five USB ports, six-speaker audio system, rear-view camera, and a push-start button. It has a five-star safety rating and has been named a top safety pick.
Safety, convenience, fuel economy, price, and reliability are things you should look for when considering purchasing a car. Road conditions can cause wear and tear on a vehicle, so you want to make sure that you’re getting your money’s worth. The five listed above are some of the most recommended models and have top safety ratings. Keep in mind that when you purchase an electric car, such as the Toyota Prius, you could also be qualifying for a generous federal tax rebate.
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