Life in Los Angeles is impossible to navigate without a car. And commuting in and out of this sprawling metropolis demands a particular kind of car. Commuters will want a vehicle that’s cool, comfortable and equipped with the latest technologies, to help whittle away the long hours spent stuck in traffic. But fuel economy is essential too, so that you don’t waste the day’s hard earned pay at the gas pump. After years spent living, working, and commuting around the greater Los Angeles area, we think we know a thing or two about choosing the perfect car for your commuter lifestyle. Here are our top picks to get you from home to work and back again with style and savings in tow.
The Toyota Prius has become an icon on the American roadways, and it’s easy to understand why. It’s the most popular hybrid vehicle on the market today, with truly exceptional gas mileage at 48 city miles to the gallon and 51 miles on the highway. This funky hatchback boasts one of the biggest cargo spaces in its car class, and features a modern interior with plenty of legroom and comfortable seating. The 2015 model comes equipped with some enticing standard technologies, like a rearview camera, push-button ignition, automatic climate control, and an impressive six-speaker audio system. The combination of the Prius’ comfortable cabin, top of the line amenities, and fantastic fuel economy make it a no-brainer for any LA commuter on the go.
If you’re already on the hybrid vehicle bandwagon, why not take the savings a step further and convert to a fully electric vehicle? The Nissan Leaf is without question the seminal all electric vehicle driving today, and a fantastic option for any daily commuter. The electric motor is virtually silent, is emission free, and can be charged al home, at the office, or at one of the rapidly expanding national charging stations. If the thought of never having to stop for gas again isn’t reason enough to get you behind the wheel of a Leaf, its pleasurable performance might just win you over. After test driving a Leaf recently at used cars in Los Angeles, we were amazed by how smoothly it drives. With no gears to shift through, the car seems to have endless power. If you’re looking to add major savings and thrill to you commute, stop by Downtown Nissan and take the Nissan Leaf for a spin.
For drivers who aren’t ready to make the switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle, we think the Ford Fiesta is a worthy contender to carry you through your daily commute. The Fiesta gets better gas mileage than almost any other hatchback in its class, with 43 highway miles per gallon. And Ford recently premiered its first three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which was named the 2014 International Engine of the Year. With its youthful, sporty exterior and strong fuel economy, you might even end up enjoying your commute!