Where you drive should play a large part in your car buying decision. If you commute short distances several times a week, you’ll want a car that has an excellent mpg rating for city driving. Here are the top ten cars for people who live in the city:
The Ford Fiesta has an estimated 29 mpg for the automatic version and 28 mpg for the manual. Compared to other subcompacts, the Fiesta is a comfortable ride, absorbing bumps and road noise better than others in its class. The car is sporty and fun to drive, making it a great choice for any commuter.
This agile little vehicle isn’t quite a car and isn’t exactly an SUV. The Nissan Cube is a vehicle in a class all its own! With its fun design, trendy color choices and fantastic maneuverability, the Cube is perfect for urban driving. With an estimated 27 mpg in the city, you’ll quickly fall in love with this oddly shaped vehicle.
Priced at just under $15,000, the Mazda 2 is a subcompact that is affordable for the average driver. The zippy little car has an estimated 27 mpg in the city and earned a Consumer Guide Best Buy Award in 2011. With no visibility issues and smooth steering, the car will appeal to a variety of drivers.
With an estimated 28 mpg in the city, this cute little number is perfect for city driving. The car boasts fantastic steering response and a lively transmission. If you’re in the market for a Mini, be sure to check out the manual for a driving experience like no other.
Nissan does it again with a quirky shape and distinct personality. The Juke is a fun-to-drive car with a sporty feel. The automatic has an estimated 27 mpg in the city, and the all-wheel drive is perfect for those who live in harsh weather climates.
The manual version of the new Focus is a joy to drive and peppy out of the gate. The redesigned Focus is more comfortable to drive than its older relatives and handling is crisp and easy. The city estimated 28 mpg ensures that you won’t break the bank fueling the Focus.
Volkswagen is known for its quality vehicles and the Golf won’t disappoint. The diesel version of the car boasts 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the open road. Comfortable interiors coupled with sporty exteriors make this car attractive to a wide range of drivers.
If the $23,050 sticker price doesn’t put you off, take a hard look at this environmentally-friendly vehicle. The midsize car has a roomy interior, an ample hatchback and provides a quiet ride. The EPA city estimate blows other cars in this class out of the water at 51 mpg.
With a roomy interior and near perfect visibility, the Elantra is a crowd pleaser. With a city estimated 29 mpg, the car is a sensible choice of city drivers. The 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty should be enough to attract any buyer!
This kicky little car is as fun to drive as it is to look at. The small car is remarkable easy to handle, taking turns more solidly than the typical subcompact. A city estimated 28 mpg makes this car a must for urban commuters who are looking for a sporty ride.
Almost every car on this list can be found for under $20,000. A great trade-in can bring their price even lower! You can’t go wrong with any of these cars if you are looking for an economic, fun vehicle for your daily commute.
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