11 Best Commuter Cars and SUVs for 2020

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Check Out the Best Commuter Vehicles on the Market Today

Many people’s daily commutes are becoming longer, more complicated, frustrating, and stressful. A highly reliable vehicle with plenty of creature comforts, good crash test ratings, comfortable seats, and adequate cargo space can help put your mind at ease. Add a reasonable starting price, impressive fuel economy, and plenty of active safety systems, and you’ve got yourself a winning commuter car.

All the following cars and SUVs carry a base price that’s less than $29,000, and several start around the $20,000 mark. Some vehicles are priced even lower, and every commuter car on our list has at least above-average predicted reliability. In addition, most of these cars have respectable U.S. News interior scores, which suggests they offer a good combination of comfort, features, and cargo space. Finally, every vehicle here returns at least 23 mpg in the city, though some are much more fuel-efficient. 

The EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings listed are based on each vehicle’s most fuel-efficient powertrain option. For SUVs, the ratings reflect the fuel economy of front- or rear-wheel-drive versions with the most efficient available engine option.

We update our U.S. News scores and rankings on a regular basis based on incoming data and expert opinions from automotive journalists. So, the scores mentioned in this article may not match the scores in our rankings.

Keep reading to learn more about today’s best commuter cars.


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