The 5 Best Used Cars for City Commuters

January 22nd, 2016 by

If you live in Albany NY used cars are everywhere. Whether they are being sold on dealer lots, privately online, or on the side of the road. You can find them everywhere, and if you are moving to a city or just started living in a city, you might be feeling lost on what type of car to get. Chances are, the move took a nice chunk out of your budget. Therefore, getting a lease or loan on a new car is out of the question.

Taking your big old pickup truck or suburban into the city might prove to be a hard commute for you; you need something a little smaller and something you will feel more comfortable driving through the city traffic in. Here’s a list of the 5 best used cars for city commuters.

Ford C-Max Hybrid

With the criteria required, is it surprising that one of the vehicles on this list is a plug-in hybrid? Don’t worry, not all of them are. So you can grab another one if you don’t like what the Ford C-Max has to offer.

The Ford C-Max Hybrid is a lesser known vehicle, but once you do some research on it you can see how effective it is for city driving.

Being the only vehicle on this list that has the ability to be a fully-functional electric vehicle, that’s where it shines. If you live in a city that has charging stations, you will benefit greatly from this car. In order to save even more on fuel, the plug-in variant allows you to charge up at those stations in order to let you drive on full-electric power. If you are getting low on charge, no need to worry. Simply switch over to the hybrid engine, and allow the hybrid magic to keep you going until the next charging station.

It might not be the fastest car on this list, or the one with the most horsepower, but it can still keep up with the rest of the cars just fine. What the Ford C-Max is, however, is the most fuel-efficient and green car on this list; thanks to it’s hybrid and plug-in technology. If you don’t like the plug-in version, there is a standard hybrid available.

Hyundai Sonata

This vehicle has been around for a while now, and there’s a good reason for that. The Hyundai Sonata is the only mid-size sedan to make the list for city driving; so that should tell you something. Compared to the other cars on this list, it’s a boat. But, the Hyundai Sonata prides itself on its combination of efficiency, stellar handling, and zippy nature.

This car has something the other cars don’t on this list: family appeal. If you just moved to the city by yourself, any of these other cars are great. However, if you have a five person family, you’re probably going to want that sedan figure to help with comfortably seating people. These family qualities provided by the mid-size sedan are lost on the other cars, and while opting for Sonata might get you less fuel economy than some of the other cars on this list, it makes up for it with a strong engine and the family quality mentioned.

If you want to save even more fuel economy, there is also a hybrid version of the Sonata. Which helps put it right on par when it comes to the fuel-efficiency, but it is a little more expensive.

Dodge Dart

You just moved from the countryside into the city by yourself, and you’re looking to start a new life. For you, the Dodge Dart is probably the best option. Not only does it have great fuel economy, nimble handling, and a compact size, but it’s the most high-tech one on this list.

For the 2016 model year, electronic features such as blind-spot monitoring, back up cameras, and rain sensing wipers are standard on most vehicles. When the Dodge Dart first came out in 2013, however, it was a vehicle elevated to its own class. The electronic features found in the Dart were unheard of in the compact car world, and therefore it stood out on the market as the most high-tech compact car at the time.

That remains true in the compact used car market, and why it’s the car on this list with the most attitude. For those who like technology at their finger tips but can’t afford the price of a newer vehicle, the Dodge Dart is your answer. The tech-savvy nature of this car will have you feeling like you’re driving around in a model from 2016.

A low-costing used compact car with features like navigational and hands-free capabilities is a huge bonus for city commuters, and coupled with it’s compact size and zippy nature makes this the perfect vehicle for cruising solo around the city.

Chevrolet Trax

The last two vehicles on this list are subcompact SUVs. If you are feeling the pain of selling your old truck or bigger SUV, these two are a way for you to feel right at home; but also have the compact size needed to get around in the city.

For the Chevrolet Trax, part of this bigger car feeling is it’s dedication to storage space. Since it was first developed in 2013 in Canada, the Trax has been a vehicle that’s been engineered with storage-design in mind. This subcompact SUV has plenty of storage space thanks to the configurations allowed. For example, the front passenger seat (and rear seats) can be folded flat in order to allow the storage of a longer or irregular shaped item. Along with this adaptive interior, it seems like the Trax has some type of pocket, cupholder, or hidden storage compartment no matter where you look.

The only other vehicle on this list too match the Trax in terms of utility for an urban environment is the Honda CR-V, which has been around for much longer, since the Trax wasn’t released here until the 2015 model year. Even if it’ newer than some of the other cars on this list, it’s still a good car for the price.

Honda CR-V

With this list, each vehicle brought something unique to the table. So, why are there two subcompact SUVS? Simple, because the Honda CR-V has been around for much longer than the Chevy Trax, which not only means they are cheaper; but there are also many more of them out there.

The Honda CR-V takes everything we’ve seen so far on this list, and then combines it all. That’s why it’s sitting at the number one spot for a city commuter. It’s compact, has decent power and fuel efficiency, space for a small family, and plenty of storage room.

Not too mention, it’s also the oldest model on this list, so your chances of finding one for a cheaper price are also much higher. Depending on the year selected, of course.

Prices and Conclusion

As far as the prices go, these were all found from the same website, and they all have similar miles. Therefore, the prices will vary depending on where you buy them and the condition they are in. The Ford C-Max hybrid can be found used for $13,977 dollars, a 2013 Hyundai Sonata for $12,998, 2013 Dart for $11,997, a 2015 Trax for $16,934, and the 2013 Hond CR-V is sitting at around $15,000.

As you can see, even though some of these cars were released in 2013 (or later), the prices are still very reasonable, and much more affordable than a used car. The prices all came from cars that were sitting at around 31,000 miles, so they still have plenty of life left in them. When it comes to city driving, there is no “number 1 car.” Rather, it’s what you prefer. These aren’t the only cars out there viable for city driving, just the 5 best. Once it’s narrowed down to these 5, it’s up to you to decide which one of these 5 cars is best suited for your new life in the city.