best city car

best city car

Best City Car

Navigating the congestion of city streets requires a car that’s nimble enough to dart into openings in snarled traffic and able to show a pothole who’s boss. Urban driving also requires a car with good outward visibility (to easily spot pedestrians) and an origami-like ability to fit into petite parking spots. For city dwellers, small cars can be a smart way to make urban driving easier. And small doesn’t have to mean flimsy. Our tests have shown that small cars don’t have to feel like they were built with materials from a 2-year-old’s pedal car. The mini-utility segment has grown from just one model in 2011 (the frog-eyed Nissan Juke) to more than a dozen—with the addition of snappy so-called cute-utes that prove it’s cool to be minuscule. Most of the vehicles are targeted toward people in the early stages of their careers, doing double-duty as weekday commuter vehicles and weekend escape pods. The vehicles on our city cars list (in alphabetical order in the gallery below) are about 10 inches shorter in wheelbase and overall length than vehicles in the next-larger class. But their often ingenious design and efficient use of space means you don’t have to endure cramped, spartan interior quarters. The Honda Fit and Kia Soul feel more airy and spacious than you’d think, and the well-crafted interior of the Audi A3 doesn’t make you feel like you settled for a bare-bones car. But that improved packaging of interior space mostly results in more room for stuff than people. Most city cars won’t hold more than four occupants, and those in back often will be cramped. Every car here is recommended by Consumer Reports. That means they did well in our road tests, with sprightly acceleration and crisp handling that’s rare to find in smaller cars. These mini-mighties have average or better predicted reliability and praiseworthy fuel economy, and they did well in federal or insurance-industry crash-safety tests. Our great eight city cars prove you can go small yet still drive a car that doesn’t make you feel as if you should have spent more money. After all, in the city, size matters.
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Best City Car

Top Gear’s guide to: City-CarsPerfect for parking and urban transport, city cars are small, efficient and – mostly – cheap What you need to know Small is good The point of a real city car is that it’s small enough. Anything bloated defeats the object Trim trebleIf you pay £7.5k for a city car, don’t expect leathery luxury. This is rational transport Clever, cleverThe cheapest city cars are boxes; the more expensive ones, lessons in industrial design EfficiencySome of the cheapest cars on the road to run, tax and insure, city cars make sense Tiny powerSome of the best city cars run three-cylinder engines. They don’t need anything bigger Geek chicFit for purpose motoring means you look like you thought about it. You look clever
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Best City Car

Photo: Mercedes-Benz USA › 1 of 14 › Urban-Friendly Cars to Excite Your City Drives Driving in the city limits is a whole different ballgame than a highway commute. It can be made easier by choosing the right vehicle. A preferable city car is generally small, easily maneuverable, and has a balance between peppy performance and good fuel economy. The best vehicles for city driving are usually small cars, however subcompact SUVs are equally viable, and an argument can be made supporting some compact SUVs as well. More electric cars and plug-in hybrids are starting to show up in the market, and these vehicles are also excellent choices for city driving. This is especially true if your city has access to a decent public charging network. Click through to check out our list of the best city cars. Read the 2017 Smart Fortwo Full Review See 2017 Smart Fortwo Photos See Subcompact Cars Rankings
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Best City Car

Urban-Friendly Cars to Excite Your City Drives Driving in the city limits is a whole different ballgame than a highway commute. It can be made easier by choosing the right vehicle. A preferable city car is generally small, easily maneuverable, and has a balance between peppy performance and good fuel economy. The best vehicles for city driving are usually small cars, however subcompact SUVs are equally viable, and an argument can be made supporting some compact SUVs as well. More electric cars and plug-in hybrids are starting to show up in the market, and these vehicles are also excellent choices for city driving. This is especially true if your city has access to a decent public charging network. Click through to check out our list of the best city cars. Read the 2017 Smart Fortwo Full Review See 2017 Smart Fortwo Photos See Subcompact Cars Rankings
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Best City Car

What you need to know Small is good The point of a real city car is that it’s small enough. Anything bloated defeats the object Trim trebleIf you pay £7.5k for a city car, don’t expect leathery luxury. This is rational transport Clever, cleverThe cheapest city cars are boxes; the more expensive ones, lessons in industrial design EfficiencySome of the cheapest cars on the road to run, tax and insure, city cars make sense Tiny powerSome of the best city cars run three-cylinder engines. They don’t need anything bigger Geek chicFit for purpose motoring means you look like you thought about it. You look clever
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Best City Car

Small is good The point of a real city car is that it’s small enough. Anything bloated defeats the object Trim trebleIf you pay £7.5k for a city car, don’t expect leathery luxury. This is rational transport Clever, cleverThe cheapest city cars are boxes; the more expensive ones, lessons in industrial design EfficiencySome of the cheapest cars on the road to run, tax and insure, city cars make sense Tiny powerSome of the best city cars run three-cylinder engines. They don’t need anything bigger Geek chicFit for purpose motoring means you look like you thought about it. You look clever
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Best City Car

City drivers are a demanding bunch. The crowded streets, confusing signage and cramped parallel parking spots have driven many urban dwellers to forego automobiles altogether; however, the following 10 vehicles are all perfectly suited to city life. Ranging from budget coupes to small SUVs, GAYOT’s Best City Cars are compact, efficient and stylish enough to earn the approval of any city commuter.Related Content:Previously Featured Top City Cars
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City carsHow we define city carsBest city carHyundai I10The Hyundai i10 is the best city car around. It’s quiet, roomy, good value for money and has a long warranty. Read review
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A quick rifle through our top 10 picks proves that there’s no need to skimp on quality, either. Clever packaging techniques and advances in car design means more space than ever inside for people and things. Similarly, advances in small car engineering means that even city cars can make light work of longer city-to-city trips if they need to.
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With plenty of bigger car tech now drip-feeding into the city car sector, and a compact package that’s easy to manoeuvre in and out of traffic, city cars are easier to drive than ever. City cars should also be easy to live with, as all that clever packaging can offer interior and boot space that rival cars the next size up. Manu can hold four adults in reasonable comfort, but they’re perfect for young families, too.
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City drivers are a demanding bunch. The crowded streets, confusing signage and cramped parallel parking spots have driven many urban dwellers to forego automobiles altogether; however, the following 10 vehicles are all perfectly suited to city life. Ranging from budget coupes to small SUVs, GAYOT’s Best City Cars are compact, efficient and stylish enough to earn the approval of any city commuter.
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Did you choose a car that will best suit your city driving needs? If you want to compare these vehicles to other models, visit our new car rankings page. Once you have decided, head over to the U.S. News Best Price Program to assist you in finding a dealer in your local area with the best price.
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‹ Photo: U.S. News & World Report › ‹ 14 of 14 › More Shopping Tools From U.S. News & World Report Did you choose a car that will best suit your city driving needs? If you want to compare these vehicles to other models, visit our new car rankings page. Once you have decided, head over to the U.S. News Best Price Program to assist you in finding a dealer in your local area with the best price.
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More Shopping Tools From U.S. News & World Report Did you choose a car that will best suit your city driving needs? If you want to compare these vehicles to other models, visit our new car rankings page. Once you have decided, head over to the U.S. News Best Price Program to assist you in finding a dealer in your local area with the best price.
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The best vehicles for city driving are usually small cars, however subcompact SUVs are equally viable, and an argument can be made supporting some compact SUVs as well. More electric cars and plug-in hybrids are starting to show up in the market, and these vehicles are also excellent choices for city driving. This is especially true if your city has access to a decent public charging network.

Published on Jun 24, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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