Three multi-purpose commuter cars that are also great for road trips, with plenty of room for the family and all the gear they bring along.
Owning a car can be an expensive investment and not just the initial purchase price, but the continued costs of maintenance and insurance premiums as well. Which is exactly why most people would rather purchase just one that can do it all instead of having to purchase several; each with a different and specific use.
One versatile car is all you really need; a do-it-all vehicle that is easy on fuel, can be driven on a daily basis to and from work, and also has the capacity to champion the entire family on a long weekend trip. Some car manufacturers have heard your need, to purchase just one all-round vehicle, and we have listed our top three choices here.
- 2017 Kia Sportage
The 2017 Kia Sportage is a delightful all-around combination of quality, comfort, and great price. This vehicle is loaded with useful cargo and storage space to pack in all the family’s gear or groceries. It also has a hands-free rear hatch so you can access that gear with ease. Its second row seating has ample leg and headroom with armrests, rear air vents, and USB ports. It offers full-around air bags, a rear backup camera, stability control and many more additional options such as Blind Spot Detection, rear cross traffic alerts, lane changing assist, lane departure warning system, independent braking with pedestrian detection warning, and four-sectioned fog lights.
This luxurious and comfortable vehicle is the perfect family automobile, but also it is a wise choice as a commuter car due to its impressive Apple Car Play and Android Auto features paired to its infotainment system’s easy-to-operate touchscreen, which will keep you connected with the office no matter what traffic congestion may be on the road ahead.
Additionally, the Kia Sportage has two engine options: a 2.4 liter, four-cylinder offering 181 horsepower and a 2.0 liter, turbocharged engine which offers 240 horsepower. Each engine is a good choice, depending on your needs, and both power the six-speed automatic transmission with smooth ease.
The Kia Sportage has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $23,200.00 and boasts a mileage of 23 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
- The 2017 Toyota Highlander
The 2017 Highlander is a fabulous combination of comfort, luxury, and function. Its smooth and impressive interior is matched by its stylish exterior design. Its large and inviting cabin area with seating for up to eight is as impressive and quiet as it is comfortable and accommodating for all your family. With its three-zone climate control every passenger’s comfort is considered. This vehicle has plenty of cargo space with large center console area to put all your gear in its place with simplicity. Its impressive second and third row seating can fold flat to create a large cargo bay for hauling most anything or even for an overnight camping space safely secured away from wildlife.
Additionally, this vehicle is a great car for daily commutes as it has several multi-media features including Toyota’s Entune System, a six-inch touchscreen infotainment, twelve quality speakers, rear-seat DVD and Blue-ray entertainment with a full-color, nine-inch monitor, and five USB ports.
This vehicle won a five star safety award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick+ ranking from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In addition to a backup camera, this vehicle’s other features include automatic pre-collision braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam headlight control, and lane departure assist and alert.
One of our favorite options available on this vehicle is Driver Easy Speak, which gives the driver a microphone to easily speak to passengers in every area of the vehicle. A welcomed relief for every parent’s vocal cords and to children that often claim they didn’t clearly hear your instructions.
The Highlander has a 3.5 liter, 295 horsepower, V6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission and has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price at $30,630.00, this large-family vehicle is a nice bargain for your buck. Additionally, its impressive mileage ratings are an added bonus bragging at up to 21 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway.
- Kia Sedona L
The 2017 Kia Sedona L is among the top three contenders of versatile cars; a superb do-it-all vehicle, the Kia Sedona L offers plenty of spacious room with luxurious three-row seating, quiet cabin, and comfortable amounts of head and leg room. In addition, it offers a touchscreen infotainment system with satellite radio and Bluetooth capabilities. Impressive safety features include a backup camera, keyless entry and back seat air conditioning controls. With Slide-N-Stow second row seats and a hefty cargo space behind the third row seats, this vehicle allows you to take full advantage of every inch of space available and accommodate as much of its cargo room as possible for any occasion.
Its powerful 275 horsepower, V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission is no slacker on the road and will take you to any destination you desire as smooth as a whisper. Championing a Five Star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and gathering 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway, the Kia Sedona L gives you plenty in return in space, comfort, safety, and do-it-all abilities.
With many fabulous versatile vehicles available to meet all your commuting, hauling, and vacationing needs, there’s no longer the necessity to fill that two-car garage with two cars that only drain you of your funds and family fun times. Just one of these is sure to meet all your vehicle requirements.