According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average time Americans spend driving to and from work is roughly 26 minutes per day. People who commute daily understand the importance of having a comfortable, fuel-efficient, and durable vehicle. They need to be able to drive at peak performance no matter what the weather, and provide peace of mind through the vehicles safety features. Here’s our list of the best commuter cars of 2019.

1. 2019 Volkswagen Golf

MSRP: $30,575

Discount: $181

Carvoy Price: $30,394

What landed the 2019 Volkswagen Golf on this list was its controversial switch to a smaller 1.4L engine. This switch, despite upsetting some drivers who enjoy the extra horsepower, has shot its fuel efficiency up to 32 mpg. The hatchback model allows for extra storage space and the fuel efficiency makes this vehicle one of the best commuter cars of 2019.

In terms of safety, the 2019 model includes safety features like blind spot monitoring and a rear cross traffic alert system. Volkswagen also has one of the best warranties on this list with their 6 years/72,000 miles new vehicle limited warranty is a huge bonus.

2. 2019 Kia Forte 

MSRP: $20,290

Discount: $634

Lease Subvention Cash: $3,530

Carvoy Price: $16,126

The new 2019 Forte is almost a brand new car from what we have seen from the previous versions. The interior has been re-designed to include comfortable seating and high tech installments. With the EX Trim, it even comes with a wireless charging station which may be the most tech savvy advancement on this list. 

The Forte comes with the most up to date safety features including lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, automatic braking, and driver attention monitoring. But perhaps the most compelling reason to commute with the Forte is the highly efficient 41 mpg rating. 

3. 2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

MSRP: $29,605

Discount: $614

Lease Subvention Cash: $1,500

Carvoy Price: $27,491

Another vehicle that has surprising fuel efficiency is the brand new Mustang EcoBoost. The difference here is that Mustang does not necessarily sacrifice horsepower in place of fuel efficiency. Mustang maintains an impressive a 310 horsepower 2.3L engine. That’s what lands this car on this list as a great commuter, it’s fun to drive while still going easy on the wallet in terms of gas. 

The Mustang touts all the up to date tech with an optional MagneRide Damping System to make the daily commute even more comfortable. 

4. 2020 BMW M340i (base MSRP $54,995)

MSRP: $49,410

Discount: $2,129

Lease Subvention Cash: $1,000

Carvoy Price: $46,281

If you have the budget, the BMW M340i is possibly the best commuter car of 2019. It’s a luxury commuter that packs a punch. You can easily go from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. Not to mention all the high tech tools packed within it such as its GPS-activated smart shifting system that adapts to whatever road you’re on; adaptive cruise control; and an intelligent personal assistant.

Even with it’s powerful engine it still manages to get 34 mpg. This is a no brainer for those who can afford the price range.

5. 2019 Honda Civic

MSRP: $23,170

Discount: $1,176

Carvoy Price: $21,994

The classic commuter choice, the Honda Civic, does it again with it’s 2019 model. It boasts an impressive 51 city/48 highway mpg which makes it one of the best commuter cars of 2019. It’s affordable and is comfortable enough to help you power through your daily commute with ease.

6. 2019 Toyota Corolla

MSRP: $24,825

Discount: $19

Carvoy Price: $24,806

The 2012 Civic is a winner all the way around. U.S. News has named it the #1 compact car, #1 used small car and #1 affordable small car. It won’t turn heads, but the Civic is still a good-looking sedan with legendary reliability. It gets great gas mileage, too: up to 29 city/41 highway for the 2012 model year.

7. 2019 Chevrolet Malibu

MSRP: $25,645

Discount: $775

Lease Subvention Cash: $1,750

Carvoy Price: $24,670

If you need a little more room than a Civic may offer, one of the best commuter SUVs is the Toyota RAV4. You’ll get decent gas mileage (up to 22 city/28 highway for the 2011 model) for a ride that’s roomy and reliable. It’s possible to find RAV4s under $10,000, although most will have around 100,000 miles on the odometer.

8. 2019 Subaru Outback

MSRP: $30,253

Discount: $651

Carvoy Price: $29,602

Not only does the Sonata get up to 38 mpg on the highway, but its interior allows you to commute in luxury. Some models have leather upholstery, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate control. All these features, plus the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty (which transfers to a certified, pre-owned Hyundai) make the Sonata one of the best cars for long commutes.