The average American commute is 25.4 minutes one-way. That comes out to 4.23 hours a week and roughly 220 hours a year. That’s a sizeable amount of time to spend in your car, which means a proper commuter car has to be reliable, comfortable, and efficient. So how can you determine whether a vehicle is all three? Below is a guide to help you find the perfect car to get you to and from work, whether your commute is on par with the national average or surpasses.
If you have questions about any of the following information, give the team at Honda of Tiffany Springs a call at (866) 205-1181 and we’ll give you answers.
What Makes a Commuter Car Reliable?
In a nutshell: longevity and how likely you are to need repairs during your time of ownership. How can you know this before you purchase your next car? Several studies are done every new model year to determine a vehicle’s reliability, and some great places to start looking are J.D. Power’s U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study and Consumer Reports’ Predicted Reliability Score. And for the record, three out of every four Hondas sold from 1988 to 2012 are still on the road, according to a data analysis done by R.L. Polk & Company in 2013.
What technology should I look for in a commuter car?
Safety, convenience, and entertainment technology can make the difference between an enjoyable commute, tolerable commute, and awful commute. Convenience and entertainment technology will have the biggest effect on how quickly the time passes, while safety features increase your awareness and decrease your stress levels. Honda sedans are available with the following technology that will keep you at ease as you head home from the office.
4-way, 8-way, or 10-way power adjustable front seats with power lumbar support.
Satellite-linked navigation system gives you real-time traffic updates to help you find alternate routes or know what you’re in for on the way home.
The time will fly by listening to your favorite music as you’re headed to the office when you use wireless technology such as Bluetooth® and Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™.
Honda LaneWatch™ makes merging seamless by giving you a live view of the rear right of your vehicle.
What commuter cars get the best MPG?
Whether you are in stop-and-go traffic on the highway or zipping around Kansas City, MO streets, an efficient vehicle is a must have for commuters. No one wants to lose most of their paycheck to fuel costs, so a car with high MPG ratings is something to take note of as you do your research. Hybrid and diesel models are naturally your best bet, with some models capable of getting over 40 miles per gallon. However, hybrids and diesel vehicles are more expensive, in which case gas models deserve consideration as well.
There are performance features included on gas cars that help improve their MPG that you should keep in mind. Check out the list of features you should make note of as you learn more about how Honda cars are perfect for your commute from our research hub.
A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is a type of automatic transmission that doesn’t switch gears. Instead, it constantly alters the power sent to the wheels, which keeps the engine’s speed constant, even if you’re accelerating rapidly, helping the engine to perform optimally at all times.
ECON mode is a feature that improves fuel economy by modifying how different systems operate. For example, the climate control’s fan speeds are reduced incrementally, which makes it less aggressive in keeping a set speed and saves energy.
Engine size matters because the smaller it is, the less it weighs, which requires less energy to haul it.
Variable Valve Timing (VVT) is an engine process that allows the valves’ lift timing and duration to operate at different rates, which improves engine efficiency.
Cars for Commuting in Kansas City, MO
As you research cars for commuting in our research hub, start with the following models available at Honda of Tiffany Springs, and then take a peek at our new inventory.