The city of Los Angeles and the surrounding area stretches for many miles and most of the population has to get on the freeway to get to work. The official “rush hour” for traffic is between seven and nine in the morning, but at six the highways already look like a parking lot.
In a matter of cars we have more than 300 different models to choose from as we make our daily tour. Some are powerful cars, others are luxurious, and there are some that have been designed to be efficient in city traffic.
On the way we can see that most of the vehicles travel with only the driver at the wheel or with the mothers who take the children to school. With that in mind, I present a list of the ten best cars to deal with city traffic. These are the cars that have low operating cost, low fuel consumption and also the least generation of harmful gases. To make this list, I also took into consideration the average speed on the highways, which is only 30 miles per hour. And if you must travel the FWY 5 between Downtown and Downey that average drops to 20 miles per hour. All the horsepower, the huge tires, the aerodynamic systems, etc. they do not count when traveling at these speeds.
Is it really worth it?
For family I am convinced that one of these options, in no particular order, are the best: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, KIA Carnival, and Toyota Sienna. All three are equipped with hybrid powertrains and more accessories than a private jet. The seats have screens to entertain children & adults while the driver can see them through internal cameras and make sure everything is okay. The KIA Carnival even has seats that massage passengers. All three drive and feel like a sedan.
Goodbye to the dynamics of yesterday’s minivan. All offer luxurious interiors with high-quality audio systems. This type of vehicle has changed so much that they have become multipurpose vehicles on wheels. They also have lower gas mileage than most luxury cars. I have handled all three and I confess that it is not easy to choose which is the best of them. Even the price is very similar, between $ 35,000 and $ 45,000 depending on the options. I believe that the interior environment and exterior design is what only separates them and what will make a difference for you.
Keeping in mind that you will be driving alone and at speeds well below the 55mph limit, I didn’t see a reason to choose something that costs a lot or a full-size car. Midsize cars’re muchmore maneuverable in traffic & with today’s technology they are also much safer. But just in case I wanted to include vehicles that could carry four people comfortably and have a large enough trunk. My picks for everyday driving in the FWY are the Hyundai Tucson, Toyota Corolla, and Honda Civic. All three are extremely capable no matter how they are compared to the rest of the fleet. And they all have a long history of low maintenance and minimal instances of poor quality control.
Any of these cars has excellent handling on the asphalt or cement that covers our highways. They also have the best driver assistance and accident prevention systems. All the latest connectivity and bluetooth technology in intuitive systems that do not require classes to learn.
All three cars are offered in hybrid versions that get over 40 miles per gallon. Premium models are equipped with everything we found in only luxury cars a decade ago. With prices between $ 20 and $ 30,000 you get cars with lots of content and high resale value. Something extremely important when changing. Of course, you may not do it any time soon as any one of these three vehicles is capable of 200,000 miles with just preventive maintenance as an expense.
If you want to save more on gas and still have enough interior space and power on the highway I suggest the Hyundai Ioniq Blue or the Toyota Prius Eco. I drove both and it was easy to get over 50 miles on just one gallon of gas. And because they can go over 25 miles on the electric motor, your trip can be done without using a single drop of gas. They are a little smaller than the previous suggestions, but if you want to minimize environmental pollution these were designed with that in mind. Prices, as volume has increased, are already on par with cars of similar size and can be purchased for less than $ 30,000 today. Plug-in versions are even better as long as you have a type 2 (240 Volt) charger in your home.
For those who need a touch of luxury without neglecting power and quality, I recommend the KIA Sorento Hybrid pickup. An SUV with a beautiful interior, excellent finish, and one of the best assembled cars in the world. The best thing is that you are not paying the high price of a luxury car to have the same that those brands have. I couldn’t find things to criticize or that I didn’t like. From the exterior design to how it is handled. A solid car that is capable of 40 miles per gallon. Priced at around $ 35,000 this is a vehicle for the individual driver or the whole family.
And if you need to add a bit of style to your trip and like to enjoy technology, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a complete sedan. A very well accomplished exterior design where this four-door car looks good from any angle you look at it.
The roof is even a solar panel that helps to collect energy and assist various electrical components. Twelve speakers with BOSE sound, a full 10-inch on-screen infotainment system, and a smooth ride make this sedan one of the best regardless of price. Drive this hybrid through morning traffic and even travel to Arizona with it. On the road at high speed, it not only felt comfortable and safe, but better than some German tanks. At $ 29,900 it’s almost a bargain for everything it offers.
Are there more powerful cars? Yes. Are there more luxurious cars? Yes. Bigger? Yes. More smalls? Yes. But in your search for these ten you incorporate efficiency, price, quality, longevity, reliability, and upfront cost. To drive during “rush hour” you don’t really need more. What do you think?