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Best Luxury Hybrid Deals for 2021

Hybrid doesn't have to mean utilitarian. Find premium materials and performance in these stylish hybrid picks from our editors.

Car Research from AutoNation Drive

More than getting there: research commuter cars

With the rising cost of living in the city, more and more Americans are choosing to commute. A reliable vehicle helps make that daily drive less of a chore. And there are some great picks out there these days -- modern cars might as well be your home away from home for that hour a day that you're sitting on the freeway.

Discover a great car, truck, or SUV won't turn your daily commute into a job.

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Auto 101: Hybrid vs. EV Explained

Get a breakdown of the differences between hybrid and electric vehicles, and other alternative fuel vehicles available at AutoNation.

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EVs Coming to AutoNation Dealerships in 2021 and 2022

If you're looking for an eco-friendly vehicle, check out our roundup of all the electric vehicles coming in 2021 and 2022 to an AutoNation dealership near you.

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Best Cars for New Drivers

With today's distractions, you want to know that your new driver is safe as humanly possible in their new car. Find the safest cars and SUVs for new drivers on the market today.

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Roomiest Sedans of 2020

Need more room? These sedans offer more than your average cargo space for whatever gear you've got.

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Hybrid Deals: Hot Picks for 2021

We're shedding some light on the path to optimum fuel efficiency by showcasing five 2021 hybrid models you can find at your local AutoNation dealership today.

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2021 Model Year Vehicles We Can't Wait to Drive

Discover great cars, trucks, and SUVs we can't wait to drive in 2021.

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Package Deals: Safety Packages by Brand

Learn about the various safety packages of popular automakers.

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Best Used Luxury Car Deals

Get the lowdown on the best used luxury deals on the market today, from automotive enthusiast Andy Reid.

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Best Car Features You Never Knew You Wanted

From adaptive cruise control to massaging seats, here are the best car features you never knew you wanted from AutoNation Drive editors.

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Best Android Auto Features You're Not Using

Our editors highlight Android Auto features you're probably not using -- and reasons why you should.

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10 Affordable Cars and SUVs with Heated and Cooled Seats

Get a round-up of SUVs and Crossovers from the luxury segment that won't break the bank.

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Best Used Cars Under $15,000

Enjoy our editors' picks for five great vehicles you can buy for less than $15,000.

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Best AWD Sedans You Can Buy Today

AutoNation Drive editors curated the best AWD sedans. Watch the video and learn more about our favorites all-wheel drive cars.

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Party in the Back: SUVs with Rear Seat Entertainment

Get the low-down on SUVs with rear seat entertainment systems so everybody has a good time on the road.

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SUVs with 3rd Row Seating

Looking for an SUV with 3rd row seating? Check out our full guide of SUVs that seat up to 8 passengers.

Recent test drive reviews

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2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 Review

Before Volvo goes fully-electric, give the Volvo V90 a spin in the Cross Country T6 trim -- an old dinosaur that might still have a little bit of life left yet.

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2021 Honda Odyssey Elite Review

Follow along with a true odyssey in the 2021 Honda Odyssey Elite as one family travels to the Grand Canyon.

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2020 Subaru WRX STI White Series Review

The WRX is by far one of the best-handling cars ever made, and if you're looking for a JDM sports car to daily drive, it should be at the top of your list.

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2021 BMW X7 M50i Review

With a ferocious 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 under the hood, the BMW X7 M50i will challenge your idea of what a large SUV can do.

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2021 Nissan Rogue SV Review

The winter months present unique challenges for car travel. These tips and tricks will giev you peace of mind before you head out in cold weather conditions.

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2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD

Now, just one year into its fourth generation, the 2021 Highlander gets even more new content. A sporty XSE model joins the lineup.

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier 4x4

Chevrolet is adding one new trim package for 2021 to the Tahoe family: the High Country. For now, we're taking the Tahoe Premier 4x4 for a spin.

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2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD A-SPEC

Acura continues its tradition of practical performance in the 2021 model year with an update to the TLX SH-AWD A-SPEC.

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SUV Research

More Americans are climbing into an SUV to get from here to there. Find the best SUV for you.

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Honda Trim Levels Guide

Get our breakdown of the Honda trim levels available today.

What makes a great commuter car?

Fuel economy, safety, and infotainment systems are just a few of the features to consider when choosing a car for your daily commute. But interior features such as heated and cooled seats may feel like more of a necessity depending on where you drive from and to.

For AutoNation Drive editors, the perfect commuter car is a triple threat: excellent fuel economy, stylish and comfortable interior with all the amenities of home, and offers plenty of cargo space.

The best SUVs for city driving

Many modern-day commuters choose SUVs as a steady commuter vehicle. SUVs make for great carpoolers, haulers, and long-distance runners. And gone are the days that SUVs run up a bigger gas bill than your average sedan. Here are just a few SUVs to choose from.

  • The Honda CR-V is one of the top-rated SUVs with an MPG is 28/34.
  • The Nissan Rogue is a surprising fuel-sipper with 26/33 MPG.
  • It's hard to beat the Subaru Forester in either the city or the country with its 26/33 MPG.

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