3 Best Daily Drivers for Memphis

Whether you’re driving to and from the University of Memphis every weekday for class, heading in to work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or just taking that daily drive down I-240, you need a car that tolerates frequent use with ease while providing regular comfort. Here are some top possibilities to consider.

The Toyota Corolla

A worthy choice among compact cars, the Toyota Corolla offers an available 7-inch touchscreen display. The complementing Entune audio system gives you easy access to favorite tunes. The interior technology also includes a navigation system. If you’re taking a visiting relative to the National Civil Rights Museum but haven’t been there yet, the directional cues offered inside the car will show you the best route.

With EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway, you’ll rarely need to stop for fuel. Safety-conscious drivers will appreciate the eight airbags located throughout the vehicle and the Toyota Care package that offers roadside assistance to keep you on your daily route even when hiccups arise.

The Ford Focus


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Available as a hatchback or sedan, the Ford Focus gets up to 34 mpg on the highway, so you can spend more time exploring and not waste precious minutes looking for the nearest gas station. A Standard Torque Vectoring Control feature helps the front wheels grip the road as you take the corners or deal with slippery surfaces.

There’s seating for five inside, and you might opt for available leather-trimmed styling or a driver’s seat that moves eight different ways to help you find the perfect position for longer drives.

Headed on a weekend trip to visit your friend in Richmond, Virginia? Use the FordPass app to compare fuel prices along your route. If part of your journey requires parking in a public garage, pay ahead of time with FordPass.

The Kia Soul

The Kia Soul is a cool crossover vehicle with plenty of useful tech features. If you decide on the 2018 model, consider getting the new available Drive Wise driver-assistance suite. In addition to a blind spot detector, it offers autonomous emergency braking to prevent forward collisions, a lane departure warning system, and an adaptive cruise control feature among the capabilities.

The cruise control functionality is especially handy for preventing fatigue and letting you focus on other parts of the driving experience. It measures the distance between you and the vehicle immediately in front of yours and will slow or speed up to maintain safe following distance.

Kia offers an industry-leading warranty on its vehicles. The coverage lasts for either ten years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. If you’re ready to buy a car but want to make sure the one you get can withstand the challenge of your busy schedule, the Kia Soul is a smart buy.

This list of cars, ideal for daily drives (whether you stay in Memphis or venture beyond the city), is a good starting point to guide you to your new ride.