Moving to the big city usually means a serious downgrade with respect to living space. The concrete jungle – no matter where it’s located – is often characterized by tiny apartments, creative storage spaces, and narrow city streets. Fortunately, there is a wealth of used cars that are ideal for city living and routinely suggested for commuters and urban-dwellers, alike.
Depending on the statement you want to make, this brief list includes everything from eco-friendly vehicles, sporty and rugged offerings like the Jeep Wrangler, and sleek sedans from luxury lines, like Lexus. No matter what you’re looking for, there is a used vehicle option that was designed to help you navigate tight traffic patterns and puny parking spaces.
Take a look at these five unique, and in most cases, seriously fuel-efficient options, but bear in mind, there are plenty of others on the market that are able to shuttle you around city streets, smoothly and safely.
The 2014 Kia Soul – Where Style Meets Savings
Now this compact SUV makes a serious statement when it comes to unique style and second looks from fellow drivers. Available in a range of bold shades, the 2014 Kia Soul comes in four unique and fuel efficient trim options: Base Manual (24/30), Base Automatic (24/30), + Plus (23/31), and top-tier ! Exclaim (23/31). Initially priced to start at $15,495 for the base model, used car shoppers can certainly find even more affordable options now, two years out.
Get Sporty in a 2015 Honda Fit
This subcompact car is made to slip through the tightest city street squeezes with ease. Available in five trim levels, operated by manual transmission or CVT, depending on your preference, the Honda Fit boasts stellar fuel economy, topped off at 33 city and 41 highway mpg, while generating 130 horsepower. With the Honda Fit, you’ve got a perfect blend of pep and pint-sized maneuverability.
Go Green in a 2014 Toyota Prius
Concerned about city smog and want to do your part to help clean up the environment? Check out a pre-loved Prius model, with excellent efficiency ratings from it’s hybrid engine, totaling 51 city and 48 highway mpg. Slightly larger than the Honda Fit, the Prius is actually considered a mid-sized car, which is great if you’re including fellow commuters on your trek to and from the office. Carpooling is another way to go green, after all.
Sleek Space Saver – The 2014 Lexus CT 200h
Want to cruise the city in a more stylish ride? The 2014 Lexus CT 200h is a luxury car, designed with cutting-edge innovation, for which the brand is famous. Equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and 1.31 kWh 202 V nickel-metal hydride battery, the CT 200h boasts 43 city and 40 highway mpg, with horsepower rated at 134.
Affordable Athleticism in the 2014 Jeep Wrangler
Less fuel efficiency, more fun. While the Wrangler is nowhere near as fuel efficient as the other four used vehicle offerings on this list, it sure is fun! And able to navigate narrow streets while offering you plenty of sky, with its top-down capability. Fuel efficiency rates at 17 city and 21 highway, but the Wrangler offers more power than the others featured here, thanks to its 3.6-liter V6 engine, able to generate 285 horsepower.
Take a look at your surroundings and treat yourself to a few fun test drives before choosing your partner in crime to tackle the big, bad city.