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Green Car | 07.04.2014 - 18:05

5 Fantastic Small Cars For The Urban Environment

This article cover some of the most eco-friendly cars you can drive in the city.

A big, powerful sedan is great for traveling on the open highway. However, its capabilities are drastically limited in the city. Urban dwellers need to seek a vehicle that is efficient and easy to maneuver along the city streets. Here are five fantastic small cars for the urban environment. 

Chevrolet Spark

Although the Chevy Spark may look like a weak economy car, it is actually a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The all-electric car produces 140 horsepower and a potent 400 pound-feet of torque. The tremendous amount of torque provides effortless acceleration. Its excellent visibility and small stature make it a very competent city car. The passenger room and cargo capacity is also very reasonable. 

Kia Soul

The Kia’s Soul boxy shape offers many benefits to the owner including ample headroom and plenty of space to store groceries and strollers. The Soul is a great alternative to some of the larger SUVs on the market. While the Soul will not win any drag races, the 138-horsepower base engine provides just enough punch for the city. 

MINI Cooper

The MINI Cooper is a very versatile compact vehicle. The small dimensions of the Cooper enable the driver to maneuver in and out of traffic with ease. Gas mileage can easily exceed 30 mpg in the city. While the base engine will satisfy most drivers, the available S trim provides incredible performance from its turbocharged engine. 

Honda Fit

The Honda Fit offers a sporty on-road performance and a surprisingly spacious interior. The Fit’s nimble handling comes in handy when making quick driving maneuvers. With the rear seats folded flat, the Fit provides a very convenient cargo capacity of 57.3 cubic feet. The high-revving engine is especially fun when mated with the manual transmission. Very few subcompact vehicles can match the Fit’s outstanding reliability record. 

Nissan Leaf

In the eyes of some car reviewers, the Nissan Leaf is the best electric vehicle on the market. It can easily be recharged at home before heading out the next day. The Leaf is also available with a number of creature comforts including LED headlights, navigation, a rear-view camera, and Bluetooth technology. Whether you are a traffic lawyer in NYC or a stay-at-home mom, you will certainly appreciate the low maintenance of the Nissan Leaf.

Although the rumble of a muscle car may sound tempting, high-performance cars are not the best city cars. These five small cars will definitely enhance your urban living experience.

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