Two Great Ford SUVs For Long Commutes
If you are a morning rush hour warrior, you know that having the right features in your vehicle makes all the difference. Having a model you love can mean actually looking forward to your drive to work rather than dreading it. Many of our customers tell us that their commute has become their “me time,” and their vehicle is where they get a brief escape from the stresses of the day. However, that’s only true if they love their model. So when drivers come to us asking to check out Ford SUVs for sale and they tell us that they have a long commute, we put a lot of thought into the models we show them.
We understand that having a comfortable seat matters to commuters. The last thing they want after battling traffic is to get out of their car with aches and pains in their neck and back. We also know that a long drive can go from a total bore to an entertaining experience with the right infotainment features. Some drivers use their commute to catch up with friends, enhance their knowledge through audiobooks, or set the vibe for the day with tunes. We know that because we do that, too, so we want to show drivers Ford SUVs that will meet a commuter’s needs. Here are our two top recommendations for commuter-friendly Ford SUVs.
The 2023 Ford Escape
Solid MPGS on the Highway and in the City
This compact SUV is a terrific commuter vehicle, especially for drivers who hate spending time at the gas pump. It gets an incredible 42 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway for a combined MPG of 39. Those are impressive figures for a gas-engine vehicle, which is why we often show the Ford Escape to drivers who do not want to switch over to a hybrid yet.
With solid fuel economy in the city and on the highway, the Escape is a terrific option for drivers who might need to fly down the highway for a while and then battle city streets before getting to work. Unless your route spits you off the highway directly in front of your office front door, you probably have to work your way through congested streets for a while, and you’ll love the city MPGs on this SUV.
A Highly Adjustable Driver Seat to Keep You Comfortable
The base-level trim of the 2023 Escape already gets you a six-way manual driver’s seat. However, as you move up the trim line, you’ll get an available eight-way power driver’s seat and even a 10-way power driver’s seat. If you spend a lot of time behind the wheel, it’s critical that you adjust your seat height, angle, and distance from the steering wheel to your exact specifications. Having to tilt your neck or strain your back even slightly for long periods of time can leave you in a great deal of discomfort.
Standard driver’s seats can be fine for people of average height and “standard” measurements. But few people fit that description. If you are someone who finds most standard driver seat adjustments don’t fit your needs, we recommend getting the available 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, which, as an added bonus, is available heated.
Tech to Keep You Engaged and Entertained
Being away from your home or office computer while you’re on the road doesn’t have to mean being disconnected from the world. The Ford Escape has a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that gives you the power to check emails, look up directions, get news updates, and handle all of the things that require internet, while you’re on the road. When you have passengers, the hotspot can connect to 10 devices, so there shouldn’t be any arguments over a slow connection if every passenger decides to hop online in the vehicle.
There’s also a built-in navigation system available for those who don’t want the hassle of connecting a smartphone navigation app to their touchscreen. This system boasts enhanced voice recognition, so it shouldn’t struggle to understand your requests. It pairs with the available head-up display, putting your turn-by-turn directions directly in your line of vision, so you don’t have to look away from the road to know where you’re headed next. It even gives you real-time traffic updates so you can know what to expect (and whether or not you have time to start another podcast episode).
On the topic of listening to podcasts and other audio media, the Escape has an available B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen that has 10 speakers and a subwoofer. If you love to immerse yourself in surround sound while you enjoy your drive, we highly recommend this sound system.
Whether you’re using your phone on the road to stream music, make calls, or get traffic updates, you’ll appreciate the available wireless charging pad. It lets you leave the cords at home for a cleaner-looking driver’s center.
The Ford Bronco Sport
The Ford Bronco Sport—an off-road-ready subcompact SUV—might not be the first vehicle that comes to mind for commuters. However, we do like to show it to drivers who break away from the city or suburbs on the weekends to enjoy the outdoors because it combines features that are well-suited for both weekday and weekend life.
MPGs That Will Set You Free
The fuel economy of the Bronco Sport cannot be ignored. The EPA gives the 2023 model a combined MPG of 26, and 25 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. So this is a great commuter vehicle for those who see a lot of highway in their daily drive.
Cargo for Work and Play
The Bronco Sport also has cabin features that are equally good for weekend adventures and daily life. For starters, its under-seat storage is perfect for stashing valuables, like a laptop or important files, when you need to leave your vehicle unattended. Some trims have easy-to-clean seating fabric that’s good for days of dirt biking, but also for times you spill your morning coffee during your drive.
In the cargo area, the “camp table” can just as easily be a place to quickly review or sign documents before a meeting. The myriad of small storage compartments throughout the cabin, including a center floor console, media bin, and glove compartment, are ideal for stashing snacks you need to keep your blood sugar up during a busy day of visiting clients or for your hairbrush for quick fix-ups before big presentations.
Don’t let the Bronco Sport’s outdoorsy appearance fool you. It’s more than ready to handle your workday commutes, and then it’s there for you for weekend excursions.
Check Out These Great Commuter SUVs at Jim Ellis Ford Today
Drivers who need a great commuter vehicle and an SUV aren’t stuck choosing between sedans and massive three-row vehicles. Compact and subcompact SUVs like the Escape and the Bronco Sport make great commuter SUVs. They’re packed with features that will battle the daily nuisances you deal with during your commute, and even make your ride more enjoyable.
We at Jim Ellis Ford have great models, and we boast a team of experts on every trim. We can help you determine which trim is best for your lifestyle and has the exact features that will turn your commute from something you dread into something you look forward to.
We offer competitive pricing on these SUVs and a terrific finance team that will help you find your perfect payment package. Visit us today and find the ideal Ford SUV for your commute.