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The Best Value Commuter Cars of 2019

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A car may look great, but that doesn’t mean it’s reliable. It’s a hard lesson that many consumers have had to learn over the years, but with the invention of the internet, we no longer have to take a car salesman’s word for it.

Commuters need a car that is affordable, good on gas, dependable, has good reviews, and doesn’t require a loan when you need repairs. Whether you are going to work or taking that well-deserved vacation, having a car that will get you there is of the utmost importance when you are commuting. Here are the top 7 cars from 2019 for commuters.

Chevy Cruze

The Cruze received 4.2 out of 5 stars from Kelley Blue Book due to its comfort and competence. With 33 mpg and 153 hp, you’re going to get to where you need to without sobbing every time you need to stop and get gas. The Cruze comes as both a sedan or hatchback. It also has a diesel engine that gets up to 48 mpg. The Chevy Cruze starts at $16,975.

Volkswagen Jetta

MotorTrend reports that the Jetta is “longer, wider, and taller and offers a more spacious cabin as well as a fully digital instrument cluster.” This is great news for those stuck in a car for hours at a time. With a starting price of $18,886, and 30 mpg city/ 40 mpg highway, it’s a lot of car for the money.

Hyundai Ioniq

The Ioniq is a hybrid vehicle that gets an incredible 52 mpg. This is great for long trips where there isn’t a gas station on every corner. Kelley Blue Book reports that the Ioniq drives like a typical car, making it the best of both worlds. There are three options offered by Hyundai: gasoline-engine/electric-motor, plug-in hybrid, and the California-only electric.

Kelley Blue Book recommends the plug-in hybrid because it can be charged at home and can run solely on electric power for short distances. To make this car even sweeter, Hyundai also offers one of the best standard hybrid warranties on the market, so this can bring some much-needed relief if your Ioniq ends up in the shop. The Ioniq starts at $22,400.

Kia Rio

The Car Connection was highly impressed with the Rio. It received great safety scores, is spacious, and handles well. When you’re in traffic that is constantly coming to quick stops, great handling is a must. The Rio starts at $15,390 and gets 32 mpg.

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is an electric car with an overall mpge of 112. Consumer Reports states that it takes about “about eight hours to charge from empty on a 240 volt connector.” This may be a problem if you don’t have a full 8 hours to charge your Leaf, but otherwise, it will drastically save you on gas. The Leaf starts at $29,990.

Honda Civic

The Civic is in the top third of compact cars according to U. S. News and World Report ranking. It ranked so high due to its high-end cabin, great fuel economy, dynamic performance, and ample cargo room.

The Civic was also a finalist for the 2019 Best Compact Car for the Money. The Civic gets 32 mpg city 42 mpg highway and starts at $19,450.

Toyota Prius

The Prius is a hybrid car that J.D. Power said, “proved that hybrids could deliver maximum mileage with maximum utility.” With so many people feeling uncertain about hybrids due to all the mixed reviews out there, it’s good to hear such high praise from J.D. Power.

While there was no praise about how fun the ride is, the fuel economy more than makes up for that at 50 mpg. The Prius typically starts at $23,770.