The Kia Forte 5 Hatchback has been refreshed for 2017, and the new look is quite sharp! With a respectable street price under $21,000 and good MPGs for the 6 Speed A/T, it's hard to not at least take the Forte for a test drive. A little extra $$ gets you the SX package (pictured) for a little extra style & flair. Expect to see around 27MPG combined for this litte hatchback.
The 2017 Subaru Impreza has been re-designed using the new global architecture, which has resulted in a slightly larger vehicle while maintaining good value and performance.
While this non-hybrid ranks lower on MPGs (always a concern for a commuter car), careful driving can get you in the upper 30s as long as you opt for the CVT. Adequate storage in the back and plenty of 2nd row room for the kids means this car will meet your commuting needs for years to come.
As you would expect, our top pick for the most practical hatchback has to be the Toyota Prius.
While this car will never win performance awards, however at over 50MPG, 25 cu. ft. of storage, and a fresh design that eases the traditional Prius stigma - it's a great way to go.
We've seen brand new 2017 Prius models priced just over $22,000 which makes this a great commuter car once you factor in fuel savings.