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Best Luxury Commuter Cars

Best Luxury Commuter Car

Best Luxury Commuter Car

What matters most to a commuter is fuel economy and comfort. For maximum comfort, performance, and quality of life, we look to luxury vehicles.

This list comprises the best luxury vehicles for commuting and includes some sedans, SUVs, and one or two sporty options for those who like excitement as well.

We’ve ranked these based on fuel economy, as the easiest to measure metric, but any of the five vehicles below could be your next luxury commuter choice.

Check out our top picks for the best commuter cars >>

Read about how we rank our vehicles >>

What Is a “Luxury” Vehicle?

Where Data Comes From

For our purposes here, we are considering vehicles called “luxury” by their maker to be luxurious. For most people, the price tag and the marque are what mark a luxury car versus its more mundane counterparts. Thus the crosshairs of Lincoln denote a luxury marque while the blue oval of Ford does not.

Beyond that, we have dropped consideration for vehicles that might be labeled as "luxury", but clearly do not have luxurious reputations in terms of design quality or interior accouterments. For example, we have a couple of Tesla models on the list but do not include the Model 3, which is priced as a luxury vehicle but does not have the interior design and quality expected of one. For that matter, none of the luxury models listed here are “entry-level” luxury models in terms of their price tag or design.

Best Luxury Commuter Comparison

Make & ModelVehicle TypeHwy MPGSeatingBase Price
Tesla Model S
Sedan
115 MPGe
5
$81,190
Tesla Model X
SUV
101 MPGe
5-7
$91,190
Polestar 2
Sedan
88 MPGe
5
$66,200
Volvo XC40 Recharge
SUV
79 MPGe
5
$59,555
Audi e-tron Sportback
SUV
77 MPGe
5
$72,215
Lincoln Aviator PHEV
SUV
56 MPGe
7
$69,995

1. Sedan: Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S Best Luxury CommuterDriving Range: 396 Miles

Top for fuel economy on our list is the Tesla Model S, which was revamped for the 2021 model year.

This new S comes with a new and improved interior, an oddball “flying yoke” style steering wheel, and more screen real estate.

The Model S is fully electric and offers a luxurious, though relatively minimalist, interior and plenty of roomy, cush seating.

2. SUV: Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X Best Luxury CommuterDriving Range: 340 Miles

The Model X is, for all intents and purposes, the SUV version of the Model S.

It is available in both two-row and (cramped) three-row models and gets excellent fuel economy thanks to its all-electric design.

The X is also the most expensive vehicle on our list and may not be a match for everyone’s lifestyle or needs.

3. Sedan: Polestar 2

Polestar 2 Best Luxury Commuter

Driving Range: 233 Miles

The Polestar brand is new and the 2 is its first offering in the U.S.

Tied to the Volvo brand, the Polestar brand offers only electric vehicles (so far) with relatively long ranges and strong luxury offerings.

The Polestar 2 is smaller and less costly than the Tesla Model S, but more traditionally luxurious by comparison.

4. SUV: Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharge Best Luxury Commuter

Combined MPGe: 79 MPGe

As Volvo’s first full battery-electric vehicle (or EV), the XC40 Recharge shares many powertrain commonalities with the Polestar 2 above.

Its lower fuel economy is thanks to its boxier and taller design.

Both models offer more than 200 miles of driving range per charge.

Current Volvo XC40 Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2022VolvoXC40$1,000 1.99%$525/month for 36 months, $4,025 due at signing11/1/2021

You may qualify for additional deals and incentives, check out this month's Volvo deals and average prices paid.

5. SUV: Audi e-tron Sportback

Audi etron Sportback Best Luxury Commuter

Combined MPGe: 77 MPGe

The Audi e-tron is all-electric and the most descriptive, in name, on this list as to what it’s about.

As a compact model, the Sportback has a less crossover-SUV or wagon shape compared to the standard e-tron model.

Some of the practicality of the hatchback is lost, but the sedan shaping of the Sportback offers a smoother drive and has a more commuter-friendly feel.

Current Audi e-tron Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2020AudiE-Tron0.00%11/1/2021
2021AudiE-Tron1.49%$709/month for 36 months, $7,599 due at signing11/1/2021
2022AudiE-Tron1.99%11/1/2021

You may qualify for additional deals and incentives, check out this month's Audi deals and average prices paid.

6. SUV: Lincoln Aviator PHEV

Lincoln Aviator Best Luxury Commuter

Combined MPGe: 56 MPGe

As the only hybrid on our list, the Aviator Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid with a limited all-electric range, has the largest size of any other option here.

The Aviator is extremely roomy (with a true, full third row), very comfortable, highly luxurious, and combines both gasoline and electric propulsion for maximum convenience.

Current Lincoln Aviator Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2022LincolnAviator5.90%$711/month for 48 months, $5,897 due at signing11/1/2021

You may qualify for additional deals and incentives, check out this month's Lincoln deals and average prices paid.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most luxurious option in commuter vehicles?

From our list, the Polestar 2 and the Lincoln Aviator are the most luxurious in terms of fitment and interior design.

What is the best luxury sedan for commuting?

The Tesla Model S is one of the better options for sedans when commuting. It gets an impressive 396 miles of range on a single charge.

What is the best luxury SUV for commuting?

The Tesla Model X and Volvo XC40 Recharge are some of the better options for SUVs when commuting.

What is considered a luxury vehicle?

For most people, the price tag and the marque are what mark a luxury car. We look at models that have luxurious reputations in terms of design quality or interior accouterments.

Why are almost all of your choices electric?

Every choice on our list is electrified as most people who commute are likely to be both driving relatively short distances (less than 100 miles round trip) and because electrified vehicles are more fuel-efficient than pure gasoline or diesel options are.

What if I do not want an electric or hybrid commuter?

Fuel efficiency and luxury were our top choices on this list. If those do not apply to you, have a look at our Best Overall Commuter list.