Whether you live in the suburbs and commute in to the city every morning for work or you live across town from your job, commuting is a part of your everyday life; if not your everyday life, then at least five days out of the week.
While there are always plenty of public transportation options, nothing gives you the freedom of your own car, enabling you to arrive at work exactly when you want to and leave when your day is through—without having to wait on a platform or at a bus stop. The long daily drive, however, means that you have very particular car needs. If it’s time to look into a new commuting vehicle, here are the best Kia vehicles for commuters:
One of the smallest cars in Kia’s lineup, the Kia Rio also has one of the best combined miles per gallon out of all of their cars. The small size may be a negative for some drivers, especially carpoolers, but those who commute solo will appreciate the zip and the maneuverability of driving a smaller car. Plus, if you have to park in a parking structure or lot with limited spaces, you might often find that the compact spots are the only ones left—and your Rio will fit perfectly.
Starting at just over $14,000, it’s a great choice for young professionals just starting out or for those who don’t want a car with a lot of flash and bang, but still runs great. The great interior and sound system will make commuting a breeze, even if you end up stuck in rush hour traffic—which is another place that high mpg will come in handy. With both four door and five door models and a variety of colors to choose from, the Rio is definitely a great option for commuters.
The Forte is another compact car, with thirty-one miles to the gallon, just like the Rio. A little bit bigger, with more features, the Forte has plenty to offer a driver that is going to spend a lot of time in its interior. One of the areas where Kia really excels is in producing cars that are extremely maneuverable and safe to drive. Those who spend an hour or more in their cars every day want exactly those two features—you want to be able to avoid accidents or to be protected if one is not avoidable.
The Forte also comes in a range of colors and with a slightly higher-end interior and build, which makes it a great middle-of-the-road car for someone who still doesn’t want to spend $30,000 on a luxury vehicle. Starting at just under $16,000, this vehicle is a great option for those who have to be on the road for a large chunk of their days.
While the Kia Soul is a good option for commuters, especially those that want a car unlike anything that anyone else is going to have on the road, the Soul EV is a unique option for those that want to make their commute very environmentally friendly. The EV stands for Electronic Vehicle—the Soul EV is completely gas-free. While it might not be the right option for every commute (especially the commuter who does not have somewhere to charge the car while in the office), it can be an excellent choice for someone who has to drive twenty-miles each way to and from work and doesn’t want to add to the growing pollution problem.
The Soul EV can go 105 miles before it needs a charge, so if there is the likelihood of being stuck in rush hour traffic for a few hours, this electronic vehicle might not be the best choice. However, if your commute is usually smooth and you want to eliminate your carbon emissions entirely, the Soul EV is the way to go.
The Optima is the most well-known and well-loved car in Kia’s lineup, and for good reason. With twenty-seven miles to the gallon and a high-end interior, it’s a great option for someone who is going to be logging five or more hours a week just in getting to and from work. When driving to work is a necessity, you absolutely need a car with great gas mileage, and this makes Optima a great choice.
The 2015 stars north of $20,000, but for upgraded features and interior, it’s definitely worth a little more, too. Definitely one of the highest-quality cars in the entire selection, this car makes a great choice for a commuter who wants to bridge the gap between a sensible sedan and a luxury vehicle. There’s also a hybrid version, starting around $26,000.
Many commuters don’t commute alone, and for those that are carpoolers as well as commuters, the Sportage is a great option. The cheapest crossover in Kia’s selection of vehicles, with a combined miles per gallon of twenty-four, it’s easy to see why there’s been so much hype around this vehicle. It also has many of the luxury accents present in the other vehicles, and the size makes it perfect for hauling one, two, or even four coworkers along with you. Carpooling is a great way to reduce the number of cars on the road and fight pollution, and it can also make a long car ride less dull!
The right commuting vehicle for you will be the one that ticks all of your boxes. Do you want something small and sporty with great gas mileage? Do you want something that doesn’t use gas at all? How about a great carpooling car? Something more luxurious? Decide what features matter most to you and then pick the Kia that best fills those needs.