Mohamed Bouchama’s tips for finding the perfect city carBy Kijiji Autos
City cars come in many different shapes and forms. Some are designed as economical transportation, while others are designed for enjoyment and style. With today’s high gas prices and traffic congestion, I prioritize ease of use and reducing my vehicle ownership costs. As a result, a small, economical, city car is the perfect fit for me. Whether you are looking for a compact car, an electric car, or a sports car, Kijiji Autos can help you find the perfect city car for your needs.
The “City Car” category in the Search by Category section on Kijiji Autos offers many different choices for both new and used vehicles. Here are a few tips on the types of city cars that are worthy of consideration while shopping.
If you are looking for easy, affordable transportation for your city commute, a compact car is one of the best options. Thanks to their modest dimensions, compact cars are ideal for navigating crowded city streets and tight parking spaces. Their small displacement engines make them very fuel efficient when compared to trucks and SUVs. Many are also affordable to purchase with reasonable operating and repair costs. A few popular examples include the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Hyundai Elantra. These models are available in different body styles, including sedan and hatchback, to suit your needs and preferences. Newer models can also have valuable safety features such as backup cameras and automatic emergency braking.
Hybrid and Electric Cars
Electric vehicles are quickly gaining popularity with consumers and for good reason. The highly fuel efficient or zero emission designs make them ideal for stop-and-go city driving conditions. Hybrid cars use a gasoline and electric drivetrain to save fuel and do not require the use of a charger. Some, however, are available as plug-in hybrids with short distance electric range. Excellent options include the Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, and Honda Accord Hybrid.
Electric cars operate purely on battery power with zero emissions and no gas. They require very little maintenance and can be inexpensive to charge during off-peak hours. As a caution, many have driving range limitations and long charging times. A lack of charging infrastructure can also be a challenge in certain cities. Some examples of electric cars include the Nissan LEAF, Kia Soul EV, and Chevrolet Bolt.
If your priorities include style and fun, a sports car may be the right city car for you. There are certain trade-offs to contend with, including reduced visibility, limited passenger and cargo space, as well as higher purchase prices and operating costs. Even so, some sports cars can be small enough and efficient enough to make suitable city cars. Some are even available with manual transmissions and convertible tops for extra enjoyment. A few excellent choices include the Mazda MX-5, Subaru BRZ, and the Ford Mustang. Those looking for an extra dose of style, luxury, and speed may want to consider something more upscale such as the Lexus RC, Porsche Boxster, or BMW 2-Series.
Find a car that checks your must-have boxes
It’s important to decide what you want from your city car. Select a car that checks your must-have boxes, such as compact dimensions, fuel efficiency, safety features, and an affordable purchase price. For those with a larger budget who are less concerned with operating costs and practicality, a stylish and fun sports car could be the way to go. To help you find the best car, make sure to explore Kiijiji Autos for important explanations and tips to help you with car buying.
Before you start shopping, consider a service such as Car Help Canada, whose team of expert consultants can offer advice, recommendations, and help you get a great deal with additional discounts on your new vehicle purchase. I started this non-profit organization nearly 20 years ago and have helped thousands of consumers ever since.
Be sure to check out Kijiji Autos, which has the inventory and resources to help you find the perfect the perfect city car for your needs and budget.
Mohamed Bouchama is a consultant for the non-profit organization, Car Help Canada.
Easily find your next ride on Kijiji AutosSearch now
10 popular work vehicles to consider
Built to provide rugged strength with a spacious and functional design, work vehicles help you overcome whatever challenges you might face throughout your day on the job site. Kijiji Autos makes it easy to browse and search through a wide selection of new and gently used work vehicles, so that...
5 steps to picking the best commuter car
Are you looking for a new vehicle to use for commuting to work, school or wherever else you might need to go throughout your day? Then you're going to want to find a car that offers a perfect balance of safety, comfort and fuel efficiency. Choosing a new commuter car might feel overwhelming due...
How to choose your first car
Buying your first car can be a smart and economical decision. But how do you choose the best first car that fits both your lifestyle and your budget? Read this simple guide from Kijiji Autos: 1. Consider the cost Owning a car costs a lot more than just the vehicle itself. If you've been saving...
4 things you should know before picking your hybrid or electric car
Hybrid and electric vehicles have certainly come a long way since they first debuted on the mass market in the late 90s. If the time has finally come for you to buy a hybrid or e-car that suits your lifestyle, here are some things to consider before going for a test drive. 1. Know the difference...
Test drive your next new car confidently with these 8 tips
You can do all the research in the world and read everything the experts say, but there's really only one way to find out if a car is right for you: Take it out for a spin. Here are eight steps for an effective test drive! When testing vehicles, car journalists often drive for several hundred...
Browse Kijiji Autos by Certified Pre-Owned Options
Depending on their budget and specific criteria, it can be difficult for first-time car buyers to know whether they should be focusing on new or used vehicles. To make matters easier, Kijiji Autos now offers a third category to act as a hybrid of the two: certified pre-owned. These vehicles...
How do I submit paperwork when buying a car during COVID-19?
Filling out the paperwork necessary to finance and register your car was a nuisance long before the COVID-19 restrictions. But even with restrictions in place, you can still complete and submit all required forms in order to set up financing and drive your car legally. But how can you do that...
Buying a car during COVID-19
Because of COVID-19, much of life as we know it has been put on hold. If you were in the middle of shopping for your next car, you can continue the buying process by staying extra vigilant and only meeting dealers and private sellers with care. If you're wondering how to move forward with your...
What you need to know about car insurance during COVID-19
Due to the widespread effects of COVID-19, many banks and financial institutions have begun to offer mortgage deferrals and have slashed interest rates for those Canadians who are most vulnerable. As a result of this, the car insurance industry is promising discounts, rebates and deferrals for...
Tips for buying a used car
In life you can be assured of three things, death, taxes and the fact that when the Canadian International Auto Show rolls around, consumers will be ready to buy cars. The show promotes new and innovative technology as well as fuel efficient advancements in the automotive world. New vehicles are...