A good commuter can be defined as a companion which is powerful, offers ample comfort and is fuel efficient. There are a number of options available in the market but, it is hard to find something which is a combination of all three. So, we have prepared a list of best commuter cars that offers high efficiency, offers impressive performance and features explicit design that should be considered while selecting the best among the rest. These are not only most fuel efficient, they also offer advanced features, and can be considered as reliable commuter cars.
1. BMW i3
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BMW i3 is one of the most fuel efficient commuters available in the market that runs on pure electric energy. The hatchback is capable of delivering a mileage ranging between 135 mpg and 141 mpg which is a result of powerful electric motor that delivers 170 hp maximum power. You also get two cylinder petrol motor that can be used to recharge the battery and increase the limited range up to 135 mpg. But, this 2-cylinder motor can be only used to recharge the electric motor and not directly to power the wheels. Recharging the battery takes up to 4 hours and the recommended source is 240V. Even the interior is plush and advanced with driver oriented dashboard. The BMW i3 offers great maneuverability and can be considered as one of the best luxury commuter cars.
2. Ford Focus
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Ford Focus is one of the best long distance commuter cars due to its potent drivetrain and great styling. It is compact, which makes it easy to maneuver in heavy city traffic and comes with a number of engine options. Among the available options, the most reliable and efficient is the 1.0-litre EcoBoost mill that delivers 123 hp maximum power and offers a mileage up to 35 mpg. If you go for the electric version, the fuel efficiency ranges up to 108 mpg, which makes the Focus stand out of the crowd. To get better capability with Focus, you can choose the ST version which comes with all-wheel drive option.
3. Toyota Prius
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Toyota Prius is known for its segment leading efficiency and was among the first hybrids in the market. The sedan came into the limelight due to its impressive mileage which was initially between 49 mpg and 60 mpg. With regular updates, the sedan has not only grown as a more competent commuter, it has also managed to improve the overall sales figure for Toyota. As it is a hybrid, you are free from the hassle of charging. With its pure electric drive, the car offers a range up to 25 miles. The updated version of the hybrid comes with improved dashboard layout, smoother ride and better navigation features. Even the exterior styling is improved to give a better stance to the Prius. The 2017 version comes with automatic braking and forward collision warning system.
4. Toyota Camry Hybrid
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When it comes to best long distance commuter cars, Toyota Camry hybrid is at a leading position. The previously available Camry used to deliver a mileage of 42 mpg which is now improved to 50 mpg in the 2017 version. The class-leading fuel efficiency is the result of new powertrain system that comes with the latest THS II technology. In the standard version, the Camry comes with a 2.5-litre unit while the more efficient one is the 1.5-litre mill that also comes with paddle shift mode. It starts simulating gear when the driver is driving on the Sport mode. So, Camry hybrid is one of the most reliable commuter cars for your diversified needs.
5. Honda Accord Hybrid
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The biggest rival of Camry Hybrid, the Honda Accord is another member in the best cars for long commutes. The hybrid version is capable of delivering a mileage of up to 49 mpg on highways while it is powered by a 2.0-litre unit delivering 181 hp of maximum power. It is further paired to an electric motor that makes the total power output up to 212 hp. It is available with only 1 gear automatic transmission that also makes Accord Hybrid an easy to drive cars. The interior comes with modern amenities and advanced gadgets. The dashboard is digital which features two touch digital screens that makes the cabin a bit more sporty. It is also equipped with advanced safety features that includes Honda Sensing safety gear that makes it one of the safest option in the segment.
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6. BMW 3 Series
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BMW 3 Series is probably one of the best luxury commuter cars that has impressed a lot of customers with its styling, power and responsive handling. The unmatched practicality and super handling has helped the 3 Series in leading the segment for quite a long time and it is on the same path. The standard version of the 3 Series can achieve a fuel efficiency of 26 mpg whereas, it can reach up to 35 mpg in the diesel option. When coupled to an electric motor, the all-electric mode offers a range of 14 miles. The hybrid version with a 2.0-litre unit delivers a maximum power range of 180 hp and 250 hp. It is further coupled to either a 6-speed manual or 8 speed automatic.
7. Chevrolet Malibu
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The sedan is not only good looking, it is also one of the most economical sedans in the market. The Malibu comes with either a 1.5-litre or a 2.0-litre engines that are further paired to either a 6 or 8-speed automatic transmission. But, the one which catches the attention is the hybrid version that has the capability of delivering a fuel efficiency of 49 mpg on highways and 33 mpg in the city. It comes with a 1.8-litre unit, paired with 6 or 9 gear automatic transmission. The cabin packs all the advanced features with ergonomic design. It boast an elegant feel that makes Malibu one of the best luxury commuter cars.
8. Hyundai Elantra
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The sedan has recently received its 2017 update and can be considered as one of the best commuter cars due to its explicit styling, comfortable cabin and powerful engine performance. The interiors are focused towards providing more space to the occupants without compromising the comfort aspect. It is paired with a 2.0-litre unit that delivers 33 mpg mileage in the city and 49 mpg on the highways. There is also an EcoBoost variant available in the market that offers better performance and high fuel efficiency. With each trim, the number of comfort features improves and makes Elantra one of the hot sellers.
9. Toyota Yaris
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Toyota Yaris has managed to gain a lot of customers due to its handling and world-class comfort. The updated Yaris has been made by Mazda that now packs even better comfort and improved styling. In the face of Yaris, the hatchback is actually Mazda 2 which is backed by a 1.5-litre unit that delivers 106 hp of maximum power and coupled with 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. On the highways, the mileage is rated at 48 mpg and 35 mpg in the city. Just like standard Mazda models, the interior of Yaris is similar that packs driver oriented dashboard and comfortable leather seats for the occupants.
10. Ford Fiesta
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Fiesta is one of the most beautiful hatchbacks currently on offer in the market. The updated Fiesta comes with a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine that is capable of delivering a maximum power output of 123 hp, which is one of the most powerful cars in the segment. It is not only the most powerful cars in the segment, it is also the most fuel efficient commuters that delivers 45 mpg on the highways and 32 mpg in the city. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission that is also available with speed sequential option. In the new Fiesta, the start-stop system is a standard system that makes it the most efficient car. It is affordable, good looking and offers high level of practicality that makes it one of the best commuter cars.
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11. Acura ILX
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When it comes to one of the best luxury commuters, Acura ILX is a good option for your daily needs. The highest variant will cost you a lot but, the entry level variant comes with all the standard features that is enough to give you ample comfort. The sedan is powered by a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder engine that delivers a 201 hp of maximum power and coupled with an 8-speed sequential transmission. Some of the advanced features of the sedan in the entry-level variant include blind spot monitoring, automatic braking, lane-keep assistance and more. You get ample cabin space and boot area and the ride is smooth and firm that makes the overall journey enjoyable.
12. Nissan Sentra
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When you want a big car in a decent budget, Nissan Sentra is a perfect choice. The Nissan Sentra offers great performance and great fuel efficiency without compromising the comfort quotient of the occupants. The rear seats offer more space than any other cars in the respective segment and it also offers massive boot space. The Sentra is packed with a 1.8-litre unit that delivers 120 hp maximum power. There is also an upgraded version of the 1.8-litre unit that delivers 180 hp of maximum power. The engine is further coupled with either a 6-speed manual or CVT. The Sentra has recently received an updated design that gives it a fresh appeal. The fuel economy is also best in class which ranges up to 48 mpg on the highways, making it one of the best long distance commuter cars.
13. Mini Cooper
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A small, power packed and stylish commuter that is perfect for maneuvering through the tight city traffic. Mini Cooper is definitely one of the best looking compact cars in the market that offers great performance at not so high pricing. It is powered by a 1.5-litre engine that is rated at 134 hp of maximum power while the bigger unit of 2.0-litre delivers 189 hp of maximum power. Both the engines come with either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. Considering the fuel efficiency of this compact hatchback, it is between 31 mpg and 38 mpg, which is quite decent considering the kind of power it delivers.
14. Ford C-Max
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Ford C-Max is another hybrid in the our list of best commuter cars that is known for its impressive fuel efficiency. The C-Max comes with a 2.0-litre engine that is paired with an electric motor with a total power output of 188 hp. The engine is further coupled to a CVT which makes it a perfect companion for driving around the city. As a family car, the C-Max boast all the standard features of comfort at an affordable price tag. The plug-in hybrid can be recharged within 6 hours with 120V charging slot and in 2 hours on the 240V power grid. Fuel efficiency is also one of the best in the segment which is rated at 60 mpg.
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15. Kia Forte
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Last in our list is the option from the Korean automaker, the Kia Forte which is a decent choice. Kia Forte is one of the most comfortable commuter cars in the market that comes with impressive design, features and performance. It is one of the most reliable commuters that offer improved handling for city drives. Forte has also achieved high rating on the crash test, that makes it one of the safest cars to drive in the city. At an affordable price the Forte comes with a number of features that include 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted controls with leather covering and an ergonomically designed dashboard. So, it is a great offering at an affordable price tag.
These are the 15 best commuter cars that are currently available in the market. We might have missed some, do let us know in the comment section your pick from the lot.