Most of our lives are spent either at work or at home. As an extension of both, the importance of a reliable vehicle cannot be understated. Our cars make long commutes to work bearable, transport our kids safely, and even teach young adults a thing or two about responsibility. As we recognize the value of hard work and perseverance, let’s take a look at the top-rated vehicles that make it possible for you to get the job done.
The Best SUV for Families
Being a parent is a full-time job. In many ways, the bulk of parenting includes being a glorified chauffeur for your kids. As another school year begins, parents will need a trusty vehicle to shuffle their kids to and from school. More than just school, there’s driving between dance classes, dentist appointments, and more.
Gone are the days when minivans and wagons were the only options for family cars. Today, you don’t need to sacrifice style to find the best vehicle for your family. This is why SUVs have become a top choice among growing families.
The 2019 Subaru Forester stands out as one of the best family SUVs on the market today. This 5-passenger compact SUV brags full marks for crash safety from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Loaded with a suite of intelligent safety features that prevent collisions with cars and pedestrians, it’s no wonder why the Forester is a favorite among families with infants and school-aged kids.
Inside, the spacious cargo hold and wide rear opening make it convenient to load plenty of groceries or pack for a fun weekend getaway with the family. You won’t need to worry about entertaining toddlers and teens on road trips with two USB ports in the rear seats. There’s also plenty of legroom and the low door sills make getting in and out of the vehicle effortless— something both kids and grandparents would appreciate.
The Best Truck for the Jack-of-all-Trader
If there’s one vehicle that symbolizes good old-fashioned hard work, it’s a pickup truck. Whether you’re a contractor who spends your days shuffling between sites, an entrepreneur who hauls supplies and local deliveries for your business, or someone who works in a farm—you need a vehicle that can withstand the daily beatdown from heavy cargo or driving on rough terrain.
The Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck, and with good reason. Nabbing Kelley Blue Book’s Pickup Truck Best Buy for five years in a row, this full-sized truck remains the one to beat in its segment.
The 2019 model boasts better fuel economy thanks to a military-grade aluminum body that made it 700 pounds lighter. Its tailgate features a pull-out step which gives better access to the truck bed. Its towing-assist system makes parking easy, even with a trailer attached. All you need to do is input left or right commands using a control knob and a view screen, and the truck will handle the steering and brakes.
Don’t be fooled by this brawny workhorse. While it’s a great vehicle for driving around with your crew and hauling heavy cargo, the Ford F-150 SuperCrew Cab can turn into a spacious family vehicle that rivals the interiors of a full-sized SUV. Its flat floors mean that even the dreaded middle seat is comfortable. For such a big truck, smooth and responsive handling also comes as a wonderful surprise.
The Best Sedan for Students
Getting their first car gives teens their first taste of freedom. At the same time, it also comes with the added responsibility of paying for gas, insurance, or periodic maintenance. College students need reliable cars to drive themselves to class, internships, and jobs to pay for living expenses. Aside from those, they also want a car that won’t be embarrassing to drive into the campus parking lot.
As parents, we want to make sure that we’re sending our kids away with a vehicle that will ensure their safety on the road. More than that, they need a car that’s reliable and affordable to maintain as they start out on their own.
Consumer Reports names the 2019 Mazda3 as their top choice as a first car for teens. It’s a practical car that ticks all the boxes when it comes to reliability, safety, and value for money. This compact car doesn’t give an excess of power, which puts the minds of parents of first-time drivers at ease.
Select sedan models come with smart safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring, smart city braking with pedestrian detection, and driver attention alerts. More than that, the Mazda3 is also easy on the eyes. It features a bold front punctuated by smooth curves that make the compact car anything but boring.
The Best Commuter Car
For many, long commutes to work are the new norm. In fact, most Americans spend around 30 minutes on their way to work alone. As traffic congestion continues to worsen, people need a vehicle that does more than just taking us from point A to point B.
Comfort has become a top priority among people looking for a commuter car. A spacious cabin and comfortable seats are must-haves. At the same time, you’ll need a vehicle that will provide you a way to entertain yourself on the road and keep you from fiddling with your phone.
The 2019 Subaru Legacy is a roomy and refined midsized sedan that boasts a top-notch infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility as standard. The spacious and quiet cabin spells comfort for both driver and passengers. With standard all-wheel drive across all trims, you can rely on this car to get you to work safely, even on snowy days.
Get a sedan you can trust when you buy a 2019 Subaru Legacy. Comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology and so much more! Test-drive yours today. pic.twitter.com/wHm7tO209Y
— Heuberger Subaru (@heubergermotors) August 1, 2019