4 Things to Look for in a Commuter Car

September 6th, 2018 by

Americans spend a lot of time commuting every day. We commute to our jobs, to run errands, and to enjoy local attractions. If you are going to spend hours each week commuting, it is only right that you have a car that is designed for commuting.


Comfort is one of the most important features to look for in a commuter car. Consider the material of the interior. Ask yourself if you prefer cloth or leather seats. Newer cars have adjustable driver seats with lumbar support. Some can even memorize your preferred comfort settings. Cadillac cars are often known for their luxurious and comfortable interior seating with its driver focus.

If you are responsible for transporting the kids or you are in charge of a carpool, a comfortable back seat might also be important. The Kia Forte is a great option that is both comfortable and spacious. You can also opt for the dual climate control, which gives everyone the ability to adjust the interior cabin temperature.


The best way to deal with long commutes is to plug in your smartphone and stream your favorite music. With today’s technological features, you have many options for in-cabin entertainment. Newer Ford cars such as the Ford Focus or the Ford Fusion are equipped with Sync 3. Newer Dodge and Ram cars come with the UConnect system.

Although the specific features vary among manufacturers, most of them have the ability to customize your entertainment experience. By syncing your smartphone to the driver infotainment system, you can stream your favorite playlists, handle your phone calls, and request directions to specific points of interest.

Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is important when you put a lot of miles on your car. Otherwise, you will find that you are spending a lot of time and money at the local gas station. The Toyota Prius Hybrid is a great choice for those looking to cut down on fuel spending.

Not only does it significantly cut down on transportation costs, but the actual cost of the vehicle is one of the most affordable in the hybrid market today. The Mazda 3 is also a great choice in terms of fuel efficiency. It maximizes your freeway miles with fewer stops in between fill-ups.


Safety is another important feature to look for in a commuter car. Many of today’s newer vehicles have advanced technologies that not only improve safety but also act as a type of driving assistant. Today’s safety features include rear cross traffic alerts, pedestrian detection, cruise control with assist, and automatic high beams.  Some cars also come equipped with rear view cameras.

The Kia Sorrento is a great choice that has received high safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Nissan Sentra is also a safe choice for drivers who want something a little smaller in size. It is the only compact car to receive top ratings on crash tests.

A commuter car should be comfortable, entertaining, efficient, and safe. Come by Rocky’s Auto Credit today to see our full inventory of commuter-ready cars.


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