If you’re looking for the best cars for city driving, there are a few things that you’ll want to keep in mind. Your city driver should be fuel-efficient, easy to park, and still decent enough to handle an occasional road trip. To meet these needs, the ideal car for you would most likely be a traditional crossover or even a hybrid. With the help of Consumer Reports, we have gathered a few of the best vehicles form 2020 that will match your city lifestyle.
2020 Toyota Prius
The Prius is a great, practical option that also makes a statement. Its funky hatchback design has won the hearts of many, plus it makes hauling cargo that much easier. The Prius is also surprisingly roomy and accommodating on the inside, but the interior finishes are a tad plain. If fuel efficiency is your main priority, the Prius should be on your shortlist. It’s one of the most reliable Toyotas you can buy and the 2020 model gets a combined 52 mpg.
Another great aspect of the 2020 Prius is its in-car electronics and suite of driver-assist features. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control come standard. The Prius’ infotainment system is also easy to use.
2020 Mini Cooper
We can’t have a list of the best city drivers without mentioning the Mini Cooper. The Mini is super fun to drive and even offers racecar-like quality. When it comes to picking the right Mini body style to best suit your needs, you have a ton of options including the traditional hatchback styles or as well as a convertible.
You also have the choice between a three-cylinder engine and a four-cylinder. The three-cylinder engine gets a combined 31 mpg and the four-cylinder gets 29 mpg. We recommend the four-cylinder since it’s the peppier option. As you can imagine, the Mini Cooper is very easy to park but the tiny car’s lack of storage space may take some time to get used to.
2020 Honda Insight
The Honda Insight earns high marks for its predicted reliability ratings and owner satisfaction. Consumer Reports notes that the Insight is basically the hybrid adaptation of the Civic. The Insight has a remarkable fuel economy rating thanks to its overall 54 mpg. The Insight also offers solid handling as well as a roomy interior. Although, this sedan is positioned relatively low so getting in and out of the car may be awkward at times. Otherwise, the Insight is a viable option even with all of its quirks.
2020 Mazda CX-3
Drivers love the Mazda CX-3 because it feels like an SUV but it can actually maneuver tight spaces better than some cars can. There is only one powertrain option on the CX-3 and that’s a smooth four-cylinder engine that makes a 148-horsepower. The CX-3’s car cabin looks upscale and overall feels comfortable for the most part anyway. Its rear seat is on the narrow side and so is the cargo space. Even so, the CX-3 is still a worthwhile option.