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Top 10 Best Commuter Vehicles in 2016

So you just landed a new job – however, the commute is long and you’re looking for a car that is fuel-efficient or has all-wheel-drive for those rainy or snowy days. In another scenario, you could be a new college student who commutes daily back and forth to campus and are looking for a vehicle that offers enough room for your friends and room for cargo.

Whatever your needs may be, here is a list of the top 10 best commuter vehicles in 2016 that will fill all of the needs mentioned above.Besides meeting the aforementioned needs for a commuter car, we decided to keep the cars on our list under a starting MSRP of $25,000.*

2016 Honda Civic Sedan

1. Honda Civic:

The Honda Civic is one of the most reliable compact sedans for daily commuters. Whether you’re starting a new job or your college career, the Honda Civic is extremely affordable with a starting price tag of $18,640* and an EPA fuel economy rating of 31/41 mpg** (city/highway).

2016 Mazda3_01

2. Mazda3:

The Mazda3 is one of the most exciting compact sedans to drive with outstanding handling and ride comfort. The Mazda3 carries a starting price tag of $17,845* with an EPA-rated fuel economy of 30/34 mpg** (city/highway).

2016 Toyota Corolla _01

3. Toyota Corolla:

Like the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla is one of the top-selling compact sedans on the market and one of the go-to commuter vehicles. The 2016 Toyota Corolla carries a starting price tag of $17,300* and an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28/37 mpg** (city/highway).

2016 Toyota Prius AutoNation 02

4. Toyota Prius:

Looking for saving a lot at the gas pump? Well, the Toyota Prius is the perfect hybrid for you. For the 2016 model year, the Toyota Prius has been completely updated and now carries a starting price tag of $24,200* and an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 54/50 mpg** (city/highway).

2016 Toyota Prius C

5. Toyota Prius C:

Want a hybrid but don’t want to spend a lot? Well, the Toyota Prius C, a smaller and cheaper sibling to the Prius, carries a starting price tag of $19,560* and an EPA rated fuel-economy of 53/46 mpg** (city/highway).


6. Subaru Legacy:

Live in a cold weather state where it snows six months out of the year? Well, you need an all-wheel-drive commuter car. The Subaru Legacy comes standard with all-wheel-drive and carries a starting price tag of $21,745* and delivers an EPA rated fuel-economy of 36/26 mpg**.

2015 Subaru Impreza

7. Subaru Impreza:

Like Subaru vehicles but want something with extra speed? Look into the Subaru Impreza, which also comes with standard all-wheel-drive. The 2016 Impreza carries a starting price tag of $18,295* and delivers a fuel economy rating of 37/28 mpg**.

2016 Honda CR-V

8. Honda CR-V:

The Honda CR-V is one of the best-selling compact crossovers and the perfect vehicle for a new college student looking to drive their friends around campus. The Honda CR-V carries a starting price tag of $23,745* and an EPA-rated 26/33 mpg** (city/highway).

2016 Mazda CX-5

9. Mazda CX-5:

The Mazda CX-5 is another exciting compact crossover that is gaining some serious popularity among those that shop in the segment. The 2016 Mazda CX-5 carries a starting price tag of $21,795* and delivers a fuel economy rating of 26/35 mpg** (city/highway).

2015 Ford Focus

10. Ford Focus:

Want to buy American? The 2016 Ford Focus is one of our favorite compact sedans with a fuel-economy rating of 26/36 mpg** (city/highway) and an affordable starting price tag of $17,225.


Pick Your Favorite

No matter what your tastes are, an AutoNation-owned dealership near you has the car that you want. Whether it’s the Honda CR-V or the Subaru Impreza that catches your eye, stop in at an AutoNation dealership to see your dream car in person.



*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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