A Look At The Best Cars For Commuting in 2021

Hyundai Elantra

Most drivers spend their time commuting, though it may not be the best driving experience in the world. It is a vital part of our culture however; there is even a set of towns known as “part of the commuter belt.” Lets dive into the phenomena of commuting and the types of car best suited for it.

The Company Car:

The 1960’s was especially known for the introduction of a specific commuter vehicle; the company car, given as part of the job package. As the name suggests the vehicle does need to have the approval of your company and are usually of the “city car” appearance, rather than something like an SUV. It’s part of something called an incentive package. Starting around World War II, when businesses were capped on how much they could pay employees, businesses have responded with incentives. They initially took the form of retirement and health insurance plans, but in the 60’s they also included a company car, and it’s a tool to attract talent still today.

According to the website mybusiness.com 71.3% of all businesses have a company car, while an additional 6.1% have a “car allowance,” for fuel and so on.

The company car comes in many forms starting with a fleet vehicle which you can take home with you overnight. The car is owned and maintained by an employer but you don’t have to put miles on your personal car getting to and from work.

Another common type of company car is when the company leases or buys a car for your use, pretty much without restriction. In this scenario, you typically make your own maintenance arrangements and pay for it yourself, but at least you don’t have a car payment to deal with. Not many people realize that you can sell the company car in the future. For this reason, it may be worthwhile using your own private vehicle on the weekend or whenever you aren’t at work.

Sometimes the company will pay for maintenance just to be sure you’re taking care of it. There are a few companies that also pay for gas, with the stipulation that you’re not charging them for personal use gas–on vacation for example. It’s a bit of gray area.

Non-Company Commuter Cars

For the rest of this post, I will assume that you don’t have a company car. If you commute more than 60 miles a day it pays to have your own vehicle, it is best to look for something fuel efficient and comfortable. It is not cost-effective for a couple to rely on one car if both of you commute, but it all depends on maintenance costs, insurance and how much you earn.

The top three priorities for a commuter car are fuel efficiency, comfort, and reliability.

Nissan Leaf

Good cars for a commuter include the Nissan Leaf especially for those who require an eco-friendly car. It helps if your workplace has charging stations. The 40kWh charger allows for 149 mile range. Confusingly the e-Pedal system that they utilise is a mechanical system, but it gives, according to reports, effective braking.

Reviews Chevy Sonic

An alternative would be the Chevrolet Sonic which has an abundant level of space allowing you to sit in comfort whether in the back or the front. Also adding to the driving enjoyment is Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay.

Chevy Cruze

Hyandai Elantra has similar plus points in its upholstery with its sizable headroom and legroom, as does the Chevrolet Cruze which has the special upgrade of heated seats, which is so important when commuting on a cold day.

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Best of the Web: new radar for visual self-driving cars.

Just like with any new technology, autonomous cars have faced their fair share of speed bumps from concept to product, especially when it comes to navigating in inclement weather. Recent developments in autonomous car technology, however, could be the solution to this problem.

Similar to human drivers, self-driving vehicles can have trouble “seeing” in inclement weather such as rain or fog. The car’s sensors can be blocked by snow, ice or torrential downpours, and their ability to “read” road signs and markings can be impaired. 

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A Worldwide Look At Nissan

Nissan has been updating their factories (which they call “powerplants”) for 2020. They have needed to work on the CVT transmission as there have been accounts of shaking and stuttering.

The Versa Note has a hatchback rather than the SUV shape most associated with Nissan but it is still defined. The latest model has overcome the handling problem, according to reviews. It has various extras such as blind spot monitoring allowing you to see the tricky areas. Its only available in manual transmission but it has a great interior.

Altimas sold well in the January–March period but wasn’t as successful in the next two quarters, beaten by other cars. Altima is regarded as a midsize car for a commuter to use, not as an especially sporty car. Nissan is at the top price point in each class so they can be expected to rise and fall with the economy in each market and the US economy stalled in April.

Rogues have a similar story beaten by cars such as the Toyota. Still they are doing relatively well. Now in the third generation, this vehicle has been available since 2007.

In Europe and Asia the Rogue is known as the X-Trail. The only place that Rogues and X-Trails are made is Mexico. First made in 2000, the X-Trail was marketed as a cross-over SUV.

It appears that Nissan might be scaling back on the European market by selling the Barcelona plant but keep the British one.

The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport previewed at the 2019 Chicago Show with two new colors for Nissan; Monarch Orange Metallic and Nitro Lime Metallic. It came with a 141 horsepower engine as well as Safety Shield Technology.

The Rogue Sport initially sold in the UK as the Dualis but it is now known as the Qashqai. It is all about adapting to the audience. The Nissan Juke didn’t work in the USA and was discontinued in 2017. It was marketed as a sports crossover designed for young males, which makes sense for a car with sporty elements. Its replacement was the Nissan Kicks with it’s new additions such as electric power steering which is also responsive.

Another big player, The Nissan Murano looks rugged butit’s built for a comfy ride, especially given its large rear seats and its luxury filled front seats. It’s actually not much of an off-roader.

The Nissan Leaf’s big selling point is a philosophy of zero emissions tailpipe. It comes in two versions, the Leaf and the Leaf e+, the latter allowing for a longer charge, up to 239 miles on a 69 kWh battery while the Leaf can manage 168 miles on a 40 kWh battery. This may change according to which speed you drive, whether you drive on the freeway or less well-maintained roads or whether you are driving in the winter or the summer.

The Nissan Sentra is performing well too. When it came out in 1982 it was a subcompact (a car smaller than a compact) but over those intervening years it has been reclassified as a compact.

When it comes to the Nissan, whether you are talking about the US or somewhere else in the world, they definitely have a number of strong players.

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“Amazon unveiled its first all-electric delivery van on Thursday. The vehicle, built by EV startup Rivian, will come with state-of-the-art technology, like sensing equipment and an advanced driver-assist system. The e-commerce giant says it expects to have 10,000 vans on the road making deliveries “as early as 2022,” with a total fleet of 100,000 vehicles expected by 2030.”

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Best of the web: Bronco looking good dolled up

  • Ford just revealed the 2021 Bronco Overland concept, which is built on a four-door Badlands model.
  • It has 17-inch Fifteen52 wheels wrapped in 35-inch mud-terrain tires, a Yakima rooftop tent, and an ARB fridge in the back.
  • The four-door Bronco starts at $34,695 and will go on sale in the spring

Unveiled and on display at Bronco Super Celebration East in Townsend, Tennessee—the biggest classic Bronco gathering in North America—the Overland Concept is based on a four-door 2021 Badlands model painted in Area 51 colors.

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What’s news: Ford revealed Crab Mode

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  • General Motors will reveal the GMC Hummer EV – its first all-electric pickup – online on Oct. 20.
  • The reveal comes a year ahead of it arriving in dealer showrooms to compete in what’s expected to be the industry’s newest, hotly contested segment.
  • The Hummer EV pickup is expected to be the first to market with the automaker’s next-generation Ultium battery system.

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What’s News: new Supercar

Maserati unveiled its first supercar in 15 years Wednesday. With a body made largely from lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum, the new MC20 can hit a top speed of 202 miles an hour and go from 0 to 60 in under three seconds.

Prices for the car will start at about $210,000.

Unlike Maserati’s last supercar, the MC12, which cost almost $800,000 and stopped being produced in 2005, the new MC20 was entirely developed by Maserati, including its unusual 630-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine.

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What’s News: The E-Mustang?

Is the world ready? Here’s what we know so far…

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  • Ford has developed a racing version of its electric Mustang Mach-E crossover capable of 1,400 horsepower.
  • The automaker plans to use the prototype vehicle as a proof of concept for the performance of all-electric vehicles.
  • Ford is investing more than $11.5 billion in electric vehicles worldwide including the Mustang Mach-E, through 2022.

It’s a vehicle that should help generate continued interest in both the upcoming production version of the Mach-E, which is slated to be available later this year, and the $11.5 billion Ford said it’s investing in electric vehicles worldwide.

The car is a 10,000-hour collaboration of Ford Performance and RTR Vehicles, which builds upgrade packages for Ford models, such as the Mustang, F-150 and Ranger. The Mach-E 1400, which Ford called a one-off, was built off a Mustang Mach-E GT body in white at RTR’s facility near Charlotte, N.C.

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