Compared to other major cities in the United States, Des Moines has one of the least stressful and shortest commutes in country, totaling just 40.94 minutes round-trip. However, that doesn’t factor in disabled vehicles, construction, or accidents you might face on I-80, I-35, or I-235 on your way to work. Even if you don’t have any unforeseen delays, it’s still nice to enjoy your commute instead of stressing about the rest of your day, and your vehicle makes all the difference. Looking to improve your commute? Check out these awesome commuter cars.
Chevrolet Bolt EV
Fresh off winning the coveted Motor Trend Car of the Year award in 2017, the Chevrolet Bolt EV shows that an electric car can keep up with the demands of commuters. With 238 miles of range on a single charge, the Bolt EV can get you from the suburbs to the city for an entire week with enough juice left over to run errands on the weekends. If you need some extra pep to navigate traffic, the Bolt is no slouch, offering a 200-horsepower electric motor that propels you from zero to 60 in just 6.5 seconds.
If you ever get tired of commercials or the same songs on the radio, the Bolt EV comes with available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow you to integrate your smartphone. Using the 10.2-inch touch-screen display, you can navigate your favorite apps, including Spotify, Pandora, or your library of podcasts.
When you want to get to work in style with a touch of fun, opt for the Ford Mustang. It’s not a traditional commuter car, but with a standard 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four-cylinder, the Mustang delivers an impressive 31 mpg on the highway while still boasting an impressive 310 horsepower. This eclectic mix of power and efficiency isn’t found in many vehicles, and even fewer have the allure of America’s most popular muscle car.
Another awesome commuter feature of the Mustang is FordPass. When you purchase a Mustang, you’re automatically eligible for the most helpful app for the commuter. Once you install this app, you’re able to compare fuel prices along your route, find and pay for parking, and lock, unlock, and start your car remotely — all from a single app. This instantly becomes your greatest ally, saving you time and money every time you head to the office.
If a compact or a sports car doesn’t offer the versatility or size you want, upsize to the Honda CR-V. While it’s still on the small side for an SUV, it still offers nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear, even if you have five passengers in your carpool route. The optional 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is worth the price, supplying 32 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city while providing a burst of speed off the line.
An infotainment system breaks the monotony of the radio with Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone integration, so if you ever get tired of Maxwell and Amy on 93.3, you can make a switch.
With these vehicles, you never have to worry about a dull commute again. Hop on board and see what the fuss is all about.