Here’s a news update that is not shocking: According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the vast majority of Americans use their own vehicle to get to work every day. Also, the average commute time is now at an all-time high. Therefore, when buying a vehicle, considering how well it will provide what you need for your ride to/from work is essential.
What do you need in a vehicle for a great commute? Most people would say that the top priorities are fuel economy, safety, comfort, and innovative interior technology. Luckily, no matter what your personal priority in a vehicle, Kia has a perfect option for you. You can’t go wrong with any Kia automobile, but these four are especially great for commuters:
There is so much to love about the Forte, it is no wonder that U.S. News & World Report consistently list it at the top of annual compact car rankings. Though there are many reasons why this is the case, the most notable is that the Forte’s interior quality is among the best in its class, including comfortable and roomy seats with both heating and ventilation. The Forte is considered an exceptional value, given that its low base price includes tons of standard amenities, including an awesome infotainment system, and given its 40 mpg on the highway.
If you need something a little bigger, the Sorento is for you. This midsize SUV stands out in its class for having an upscale cabin, cushioned seats, and a very smooth ride. It is also packed with technological advances, both for entertainment and for safety, the latter earning it a perfect 5-star crash rating. The Sorento has gas mileage that is unsurpassed in its class (29 mpg highway) at one of the lowest price tags.
The Optima is another vehicle loaded with technology that comes standard, including a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, rear cross-traffic alert and parking sensor, blind spot monitoring, and more. It is no surprise that it has been listed as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. However, it is also popular with commuters because of its comfort, as it features seats that are more supportive and more spacious than others in its class.
This compact car feels anything but compact, with a roomy interior and wide seats. Even the cargo room is superior to other vehicles in its class. Adding to the comfort is the fact that the driver’s seat is fully adjustable. Drivers and passengers alike will enjoy the user-friendly technology that has become a trademark of Kia, and owners will appreciate the low price and the fuel economy (32 mpg highway).
Let’s face it: Even when you love your job, going to work is never as fun of a prospect as a day off. However, with one of these Kias, all of which feature technology, interior comfort, cargo space, and fuel economy unrivaled by other automakers, at least the ride to and from work can feel like a dream vacation.
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