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The 3 most practical cars of 2021

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If you’re looking for a practical car, 2021 just might be the year to find your perfect ride. Whether you’re looking for a small vehicle to commute back and forth to work, or something large enough to carry your children, your dogs, and all of your camping gear, there are several options to choose from. How you define practicality and how other people define practicality may be a little bit different, but in general, we like to think that a “practical” car is roomy, fuel-efficient, and reliable. 

This article will dive into the most practical cars for 2021, and give you an idea why they should be on your list. So with that in mind, let’s talk practicality. 

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback

Photo of 2021 Honda Civic hatchbakck parked on city street

First on our list is the 2021 Honda Civic - specifically the hatchback model. This particular car represents a timeless blend of drivability, reliability, and fuel efficiency. 

Honda sells more civics than any other vehicle in their lineup, and the Civic is actually one of the best-selling vehicles of the last three decades. The reason is quite simple: It’s easy to take care of, cheap to fill up, affordable to maintain, and holds its value incredibly well. If you’re looking for something that can shuttle around a couple of kids and perform the duties that most small families need, the Honda Civic hatchback will do this in spades - and put a smile on your face with its turbocharged engine. Turns out, practicality doesn’t always need to take a back seat to driving enjoyment. 


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2021 Nissan Rogue

Photo of 2021 Nissan Rogue

Although the Rogue has been around for quite some time now, its 2021 redesign makes it one of the most practical vehicles you can buy in 2021. Simply put, the Nissan Rogue is massive inside, and offers the type of cargo and passenger room that’s typically seen in vehicles that cost way more than its starting price of around $26,000. 

From doors that open up nearly 90 degrees to an incredibly roomy cargo area, the Nissan Rogue should be high on your list if you have a small family or an active lifestyle. 

It’s also exceedingly pleasant inside, and it boasts exceptional gas mileage for a vehicle of its size: nearly 34 miles per gallon on the highway! Overall, it doesn’t get much more practical than the 2021 Nissan Rogue. 


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2021 Kia Telluride 

Photo of 2021 Kia Telluride

If you’re looking for something a little larger, the 2021 Kia Telluride might be your best bet. This large family SUV has a striking exterior and an interior that looks like it belongs to a luxury vehicle. Handy features such as “rear talk” - which allows you to speak to your rear passengers - and one of the best safety systems on the market make the Telluride one practical vehicle. 

Throw in a powerful standard V6 engine, reasonable fuel economy for its size, and an excellent resale value, and you have a winner. When it comes to a practical car, it doesn’t get much better than the Kia Telluride. 


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