The average full-time worker spends almost an hour a day, to and from work. That’s 30 minutes of precious time spent in traffic-related stress before and after your work day. While most of that time cannot be avoided, it can be tolerated with the right vehicle. Here is our list of the top 5 best cars for your daily commute.
- Tesla Model S
If this model is any indication, the designer whose vision it is to get us to Mars would apparently like us to get there comfortably and with as little carbon footprint as possible.
The Tesla Model S can travel between 180 and 225 miles per charge and for an electric vehicle, has equal “get up and go” of most sports cars on the road today. Extras include all-wheel drive, autopilot active safety features and a 691-hp P85D. With a navigating screen as big as an iPad that automatically adjusts to the fastest route, maneuvering in 5:00 traffic just got much easier.
2. Chevrolet Volt
This electric beauty is a gas-saver for sure, averaging 99 mpg in electric-mode and 35 mpg on premium. Once the lithium ion battery switches over to its 1.4 liter engine, it can extend its mileage by 315 more miles! You could make your daily commute on battery alone. With the Chevrolet Volt, you may never need to fill up again!
- Nissan Leaf
Once fully charged, the Nissan Leaf can take you a full 75 miles with 106 mpg. Features include a roomy backseat, heated seats and steering wheel, and electric heating that uses 30% less energy. It’s been described as “comfortable,” “super quiet” and “cheap to operate.”
- Ford C-Max
Based on its cousin, the ever popular Ford Focus, the C-Max is a practical hatchback that rides well and handles with agility. Anything less than 40 MPH, and this hybrid becomes all-electric with an excellent 37 mpg overall when transitioning to engine. If your commute is also approximately within a 25 mile range, the C-Max has the potential to run 100% on the battery if fully-charged that morning.
- Lexus ES
A simpler, roomier alternative to similarly-priced sports sedans, the Lexus ES is equipped with a powerful 3.5-liter V6 and 6-speed automatic with an overall 25 mpg and 44 mpg on the highway. For the size of this vehicle, the gas mileage can’t be denied.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.