with many americans starting to head back into the office and facing a drive to work again, the window shop team decided to look at the perfect cars for commuting. despite the hype around the shortage of used cars, our budget of $20,000 provided a variety of vehicles from which to choose. now, before you start picking apart our choices, the challenge never stated exactly what the commute would be. we left that part up to each shopper, but we did mention that the average time it takes for folks to get to work is just under 30 minutes.
now an employee of our sister publication road & track, senior editor john pearley huffman decides that getting there, absolutely getting there is the most important part of a commuter car. so, he picks a low-mileage 2009 honda accord that he promises will never make you late or absent.
meanwhile, mr. practicality senior editor joey capparella doesn't pick a normcore car with a reputation for reliability. instead, capparella goes for driving enjoyment with his 2014 bmw 228i. quicker than all the others with a zero-to-60 time of 4.9 seconds, capparella's choice has more than a few of us wishing we'd thought of a 2-series. still, since it's a modern bmw, he's dinged for potential reliability issues.
reliability certainly wasn't on the mind of contributor jonathon ramsey when he decided that a v-12 bmw 760li with over 100,000 miles would be just the thing for his commute. a lover of the finer things, ramsey's choice is so far out there that we have to now wonder if he's trolling us.
the remaining shoppers, deputy testing director k.c. colwell and deputy editor tony quiroga make better choices than ramsey. colwell chooses a futuristic plug-in hybrid with a carbon-fiber composite body on top of an aluminum frame while quiroga, dreading a bumper-to-bumper slog chooses his car for its powerful audio system. of course, random trivia is sprinkled throughout the bickering and then finally a winner is crowned. enjoy the show.