The 12 best fuel efficient cars and SUVs for carpooling
Carpooling is on the decline, according to the US census data, despite the fact that vehicles are getting larger lanes for multiple passengers and government incentives are designed to encourage the practice. The global pandemic has made that number even smaller.
Fuel and insurance savings, longer rest periods, and faster entries through HOV lane access are just a few of the benefits of carpooling.
To answer the question of which vehicles are best for carpooling, News week taking into account driver and front passenger comfort, fuel consumption, the standard and available technology and safety functions.
Honda Civic Sedan
The Honda Civic combines fuel efficiency with comfortable seating for four adults and multiple safety and driver assistance technologies. The Civic Sedan is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard and can be equipped with up to three USB ports. Adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, front collision assistant and mitigation of the road are also on the list of functions. The Civic achieves up to 42 mpg on the highway.
Toyota Corolla Hybrid
The Toyota Corolla 2021 is equipped with a range of driver assistance technologies, including adaptive cruise control and lane-centered steering on models with automatic transmission. Although the back seat is spacious, it can be cramped for taller passengers. The Corolla Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 52 mpg on the highway in some configurations, but some drivers say they can get far more than that on a regular basis.
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid electric minivan that can travel 32 miles on battery power and 488 miles on a full tank for a combined range of 850 miles on gas and electric propulsion. The battery can be charged in just two hours. Unlike the all-gasoline Pacifica, you can’t fold the middle row seats into the floor of the van, but the seven-seat minivan is a solid ride-pool option, especially with the luxurious Pinnacle trim.
Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
The Hyundai Elantra is an affordable commuter car that is not lacking in comfort. The Elantra Hybrid comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay wireless connectivity and a long list of standard and available security features as part of Hyundai’s SmartSense security suite. The Hyundai Elantra Hybrid achieves up to 56mpg on the highway.
Honda CR-V Hybrid
The Honda CR-V Hybrid combines driving behavior, utility and fuel consumption to make it an ideal commuter car. The CR-V has a spacious interior that offers a comfortable passenger compartment – larger than some models. For those who spend most of their commuting on congested highways and in crowded cities, the CR-V Hybrid is a great option. The electrified model gets 40 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers space for the daily commute with comfortable seats and standard Apple Carplay, Android Auto and satellite radio. It comes with a long list of standard safety features including adaptive cruise control and lane alignment. Hyundai installed a solar roof on top models that charges when the sun is shining and supports the car’s electronics. The Sonata Hybrid can achieve up to 54 mpg on the highway.
The Lincoln Corsair focuses on providing comfort and a quiet driving environment at a reasonable price without sacrificing quality. This compact luxury crossover has a number of convenience features, including a wireless charging pad and the ability to use your phone as a key. The Corsair has adaptive cruise control and electrically adjustable 24-way front seats. The Lincoln Corsair can achieve up to 28 mpg on the highway.
Hyundai Kona Electric
The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric is simply an electric version of Hyundai’s ultra-small Kona crossover SUV. The car is powered by a battery paired with the SUV’s 201 hp electric motor. It can travel more than 250 miles before charging. The Kona EV has the same cabin cargo space size as a gas-powered Kona and comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Tesla model 3
The compact Tesla Model 3 sports sedan has a 15-inch touchscreen and fully electric drive. It also offers a range of 263 miles on the base model and up to 553 miles with upgrades. Tesla’s Supercharger network offers fast charging across the country.
As a daily commuter vehicle, the Volkswagen ID.4 shines with its spacious interior and zero emissions status. The lack of a transmission tunnel, fuel tank and exhaust pipes allows for a very spacious cabin and plenty of headroom for passengers. Volkswagen has installed a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The ID.4 AWD can reach up to 90 MPGe on the motorway.
The standard all-wheel drive on the Subaru Legacy makes the car especially attractive to those who experience inclement weather on their normal commute to work. The Legacy is equipped as standard with a long list of driver assistance functions, satellite radio, two 7-inch touchscreens for controlling infotainment and climate (a larger screen that contains all functions in one is available). The Subaru Legacy can achieve up to 35 mpg on the highway.
Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Toyota Camry Hybrid offers excellent fuel economy with up to 53 mpg on the highway. Inside the Toyota Camry Hybrid, eight electrically adjustable driver and passenger seats, an adjustable audio display and ambient lighting functions are available. The high reliability of the Camry, coupled with a number of standard safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic high beam, make it worth considering.