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3 Sporty & Quick Commuters Featured

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These three commuter cars are (relatively) easy on the budget, will you to work & home in a hurry, and can be truly fun to drive.
Best of all? Every one is available with a MANUAL gearbox!

 

3) Golf GTI
With a starting price at just under $26,000 - the Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the top commuter hatchbacks you can buy. While it's a bit more cash than the base version, and the mileage suffers for the speed, Volkswagen still manages produce a car that's both fast & a user-friendly commuter.
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25/33/28 MPG
210hp
258lb-ft
4,186 curb weight

Golft GTI Commuter Car

2) Ford Focus ST
This quick little FWD car is becoming the go-to for young tuners, but still makes a great commuter. With a plethora of aftermarket parts (both performance and style), you can easily make the ST your own. Just go drive it!
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22/30/25 MPG
252hp
270lb-ft
3,223 curb weight

Ford Focus ST Commuter Car

1) Subaru WRX
No, it's not an STI, but you can find the fun little Subi WRX for under $27,000. At 268hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, is it possible to find a more fun commuter? You can even rally the WRX on the weekend thanks to its legendary AWD system.
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20/27/23 MPG
268hp
258ft-lb
4,409 curb weight

Subaru WRX 4 Door Commuter Car


Honorable Mention
You already know we love the Toyota 86 / Subaru BRX...the dual branded car is a great commuter if you don't need functional back seats or 4 doors.
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21/28/24 MPG
205hp
158lb-ft
3,682 curb weight

Toyota 86 Commuter Car

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