Friday, November 21, 2014


There are many cars or SUV's being used in the Suburbs. Below are three of the most unexpected cars for the big city that are small and spend a lot less than most other vehicles on fuel. So what ever you do choose maybe the following three vehicles can help you make a decision on what small car you should buy for the big city.

The 2015 Soul has a nice setup and drive characteristics supported by a premium interior for five that far exceeds its $17,100 (equipped with automatic transmission) base price. The interior by itself could make this one of the best cars for city living. Bright paint hues and crisp boxy styling make the Soul stand out in traffic. The exterior design yields a spacious 61.6 cu-ft. maximum of cargo volume and 39.6 inches of headroom. A 6-speed automatic backs up your choice of either 1.6- or 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engines, with 130 and 164 horsepower, respectively. Maximum fuel economy is 24 mpg city/31 mpg hwy. 

Electric power steering gives a  turning radius of 34.8 feet, and combined with a trim 163 inches of length and 70.9 inches of width, allows the Soul to squeeze into tight parking spaces. This front-wheel-drive compact crossover has good acceleration and a well-damped ride over rough pavement. Base models include a new UVO 1 eService package that comes with Geo Fence, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score features. Available enhancements include a , rear seats and steering wheel, panoramic moonroof and heated front seats. Also new for 2015 is the Soul EV all-electric model (limited availability), but it starts at $33,700 for the base model. 

Hybrid vehicles are the best in urban settings, and Toyota's Prius c (c for city) is at the top of the list. Pricing begins with the Prius c at $19,080. The Prius c has good dimensions of 157.3 inches long, 66.7 inches wide and a turning radius of 31.4 feet. Interior dimensions measure 87.4 cu ft. of passenger volume and 17.1 cu ft. of rear cargo volume. The interior has been upgraded with new soft-touch panels and on board infotainment with a USB port and an available display audio system with navigation and the Entune App Suite. The Prius c model's Hybrid Synergy Drive system (the total hybrid system output is 99 hp) integrates the operation of components that include a gasoline engine, an electric motor within a CVT, a nickel metal hydrid battery, a power control unit (inverter), a DC-DC converter, a step-up converter and a hybrid control computer. For urban drivers, the Prius c offers three drive modes: Normal, ECO and EV. In ECO mode, reduced overall energy consumption occurs by governing climate settings and throttle to increase vehicle efficiency. In peak operating mode, the Prius c can achieve 53 mpg in the city. Toyota indicates that, in optimal conditions, EV Mode enables the Prius c to be driven exclusively on electric power for just under one mile while staying under 25 miles per hour. 

A newer-model, the overhauled Fit maintains the previous generation's good visibility, which is a big plus for city driving. Honda's Fit LX, outfitted with a CVT and paddle shifters, starts at $16,450. On the street, the Fit measures 160 inches long and 67 inches wide. Equipped with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 130 hp (the only engine offered), power is down from some of the other vehicles listed here, but fuel economy is up with an output of 33 mpg city/41 mpg hwy per the Environmental Protection Agency's ratings. The Fit is a small vehicle yet has surprising acceleration and a 35.1-foot turning radius. The Fit also offers a vgood space of 52.7 cu ft. of interior cargo space and 39.5 inches of headroom. Seating is comfortable for four adults, and you can squeeze in five passengers in a pinch. Standard safety features includes Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors, electronic brake distribution, brake assist and Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure.

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