City driving is a drag.
You can get stuck in rush hour. You must stop constantly. And then there are the angry drivers all around who cut you off or shake their fists.
Finally, there’s the gas, the horrible price you must pay for your struggles because, really, going 10 to 25 miles per hour with constant stops kills gas mileage. North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill region racks up almost $4,500 annually per household in trips just within that area.
Which leads us to our topic: which vehicles are best for in-city driving? Here, we’ll look at a few.
The Greatest Cars for City Driving
Of course, the winning characteristic for most of these cars is their gas mileage. But don’t worry; most of them won’t kill your savings, either.
1. Honda Fit
If the name doesn’t say it for you, its other distinctions will.
With an overall 33 miles-per-gallon rating, it’s a small vehicle that still provides ample space for storage due to the back seats’ folding ability.
Furthermore, it’s eco button provides a quick way to save on fuel.
Best of all, a new 2018 Honda Fit can be yours for about $16,200.
2. Scion iA
Called the Toyota Yaris iA in 2017, this little car has character.
Small and compact, it offers a tight turning circumference. In standard form, it comes with a rearview camera and a low-speed pre-collision system.
The 2018 Yaris offers touch-screen navigation and a whopping 30 miles to the gallon for in-city driving.
The 2016 model was even a top safety pick. “Many fail to realize that low-speed collisions can cause lifelong damage,” reminds Attorney John Foy, a car accident lawyer in Atlanta.
With this car, you’re safe and fashionable.
3. 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
This cutie is a city-girl through and through.
Built specifically for urban drivers, it is so compact it can only seat two.
It offers a startling 124 miles-to-the-gallon rate for in-city driving. You also receive a tax credit for purchasing one.
The bad news? These little guys do require charging stations, but it only takes 3 hours to charge from 0% to 100% battery. Additionally, the 2018 Fortwo Electric Drive is a tad more expensive, averaging at about $23,000 for a 2018 version.
4. 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
The Bolt’s electric engine has an impressive 230-mile range, meaning you won’t have to stop to charge constantly.
Even better, you can charge on the go with the regen option. When driving in low mode, you use a lever on the wheel to brake instead of a pedal. The energy is transferred to your battery.
Talk about cool science, huh?
Through four cameras, it also offers a birds-eye view of the car’s surroundings.
But all this nice tech does come at a price: the Bolt EV starts at $37, 495.
City driving doesn’t have to be a drag. With the right vehicle, it can be a pleasant and fun experience.