The List: Economical cars to drive in Erie

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 10:09 PM

Living in Erie, or pretty much anywhere in the Northwest Pennsylvania area, can cause a lot of wear and tear on a vehicle, specifically during the winter.

That’s why it’s important to ensure that the car you’re driving is equipped to withstand the drastic weather that inevitably happens. Not to mention, it’s also important to keep a look out for a car that is environmentally friendly and good on gas.

Here are just some economical cars to keep an eye out for if you’re on the hunt for your next vehicle.

1. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
This car ranges from about 50-60 miles per gallon (MPG), along with 139 horsepower. It is built with an interior entirely made from recycled materials. According to Good Trade, it has been called the most fuel-efficient car in America. What’s especially admirable is that for every Hyundai sold, a portion goes to Hyundai Hope On Wheels, which helps find a cure for childhood cancer.  

2. Kia Niro
This subcompact SUV is known for its incredible gas mileage, along with being an all-wheel drive vehicle, making it perfect for the unpredictable weather.

3. Toyota Prius
Beyond it being 50 MPG, it’s also a smooth car to drive, with composed handling and seamless transitions between its gas engine and electric motor, meaning it has the option of gas only or a combination of electric and gas for the maximum in eco friendliness.

4. Mazda CX-5
According to U.S. News, the Mazda CX-5 is rated number one in compact SUVs. Known for its agile handling, it’s perfect for the iced roads during the winter. It also offers great fuel economy, all-wheel drive and plenty of passenger and cargo space.

5. Toyota Camry Hybrid
U.S. News named this Hybrid number one in mid-sized cars, as well as number one in best hybrid and electric cars. These vehicles emit little from their exhaust pipe since they have a more reduced carbon footprint than vehicles operating purely on petrol engines. Any vehicle with lower emissions consumes less gas, which obviously should be a priority if you are choosing to play a role in reducing greenhouse emissions.

Abby Martinson |

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