Best 2018 Commuter Cars in America


The best commuter cars are roomy, comfortable, safe, have a good infotainment system. And they have enough cargo space to accommodate more than a portfolio if you need it. A high-end commuter car will get you there in luxuriant style for a price, but you really don't have to sacrifice luxury if you're on a shoestring budget. The very best commuter cars have a reasonable price tag, are fuel efficient and still have a great interior. Here are the answers to your questions about the best commuter cars for 2018.

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Does Mazda make a good commuter car?

The 2018 Mazda3 is a great, budget-friendly, five-passenger commuter car. It has very comfortable seats and plenty of room in the back seat for average-sized adults. Mazda used quality materials to finish the interior, too. It is actually one of the best interiors available in this class. Suggested MSRP ranges from $19,000 to $26,000, which is a very reasonable price for a great little sedan or hatchback. The hatchback is excellent for commuters who have to haul more than a portfolio or briefcase back and forth to work. It is very roomy with slightly more than 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat and a whole 47 cubic feet when you fold down the back seats. The Mazda3 is easy on the wallet at the gas pump, too. It gets 25 to 28 mpg in the city and 33 to 38 mpg on the highway.

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What's the best electric or hybrid commuter car?

Tesla's Model S is an excellent electric car for commuting if you can afford the $75,000 to $135,000 price tag. It is really one of the best cars available. The Model S is a five-passenger, all-wheel-drive sedan. The front and back seats are very comfortable and roomy. If you need a couple more seats for kids, you can get another row of seating with two rear-facing jump seats. The whole interior is very luxurious. This full-size sedan also has a hatchback-type trunk with 26 cubic feet of space. With the back seat folded flat, there's over 58 cubic feet of room. It has a state-of-the-art infotainment system; however, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are not available. The Model S can be plugged into any 120-volt outlet for charging and has a range of 260 miles on one charge.

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What Toyota model is good for commuting to work?

The Prius is a great, affordable, five-passenger commuter car. It isn't big on horsepower, but it is dependable and extremely fuel efficient. This Toyota hybrid gets 54 to 58 mpg in the city and 50 to 53 mpg on the highway. The Prius also comes well-equipped with an impressive suite of driver-assist safety features. Seating is very comfortable in the front and back seat. The back seat is roomy enough for average adults to ride comfortably, but taller people will find the leg-room lacking. It can be charged using a regular wall outlet and driven up to 25 miles on electricity alone. MSRP for the 2018 Prius is $23,475 to $30,565.

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How good are Kias for driving back and forth to work?

Kia offers a couple of very good commuter car options. The Forte is an excellent choice in budget-friendly cars. MSRP for the 2018 Forte ranges from $16,800 to $26,100 and it gets 23 to 29 mpg in the city and 29 to 37 mpg on the highway. This is a roomy, five-passenger compact car with a surprisingly luxurious interior. It is available in either sedan or hatchback body styles. The hatchback is called the Forte5. The Forte's infotainment system includes a four-speaker stereo, satellite radio, a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity. It can be upgraded to include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and a six-speaker stereo.The Kia Optima is better for commuters who want a little more room. It is a five-passenger mid-size sedan with plenty of room for passengers of all sizes. Fuel efficiency is about the same as the Forte with 22 to 28 mpg in the city and 31 to 37 mpg on the highway. The standard infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Optima also comes standard with a nice suite of active assist safety features. Suggested MSRP for a 2018 Optima ranges from $22,600 to $30,600.

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Does Honda sell a good, basic commuter car?

The Honda Civic is one of the best compact commuter cars on the market. The Civic has plenty of room for four to five passengers, depending on which model you buy. It is available in sedan, coupe and hatchback body styles. Suggested MSRP for a 2018 Civic is $18,840 to $34,100 and it gets 22 to 32 mpg in the city and 28 to 42 mpg on the highway. This is a fun-to-drive little car with a well-appointed interior and a decent infotainment system.The Honda Accord is also a good option. It is a little larger and costs about $4,500 more. The Accord is as fuel efficient as the Civic, too, with 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

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Is the Chevy Bolt a decent commuter car?

Yes, the Bolt is a good commuter car. The Volt is also a good Chevy for driving back and forth to work.The Bolt is a five-passenger electric vehicle that can be driven about 238 miles on a single charge. There is plenty of room for two adults in the front and back seats or two adults in the front and three children in the back. It comes with the MyLink infotainment system which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and high-speed Wi-Fi. Suggested MSRP ranges from $36,620 to $40,905 and certain buyers will qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit for buying an EV. The Volt is a hybrid that will go around 53 miles on electricity alone. The Volt is even smaller than the Bolt, though, so it will not be a good choice for carpooling. It comes with a similar infotainment system to the Bolt. MSRP for a 2018 Volt ranges from $33,220 to $37,570.

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