The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Mobile Housekeeper

If you are a mobile housekeeper, chances are that you are looking for a small, reliable used vehicle that offers good gas mileage and enough space to store your supplies. With that in mind, we present to you the Kia Rio hatchback, the Toyota Prius, the Honda Fit, the Nissan Leaf, and the Chevrolet Volt.

  • Kia Rio Hatchback: The Kia Rio offers outstanding fuel economy (29 mpg city and 37 mpg highway), with a zippy four-cylinder engine that allows maneuvers like merging and passing effortlessly. The car handles very well, and the interior is very comfortable, so you’ll experience no “driver fatigue” when travelling from one home to the next. With the seats folded, the Rio holds nearly 50 cubic feet of cargo – considerably more than most competitive models.

  • Toyota Prius: This great hybrid has a four-cylinder engine along with two electric motors, delivering 134 combined horsepower. Front-wheel drive makes it easy for you to get through winter driving conditions, so don’t have to worry about letting your clients down. In 2013, US News voted the Prius the best hatchback for its size, quality, and numerous features.

  • Honda Fit: The Honda Fit delivers great gas mileage (28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway). The four-cylinder engine is reasonably powerful, although some drivers have reported that it can take a little time to get up to passing speed. Agile and roomy (52.7 cubic feet with seats down), this car is easy to drive and adaptable to a range of passenger and cargo configurations.

  • Nissan Leaf: Many drivers report that the hybrid Leaf drives more like a gas-only car. It has strong acceleration, delivers 129/102 mpg, and has a range of approximately 75 miles on a charge. If you have access to a 220 volt outlet, you can be fully charged in about four hours. Cargo space is about 30 cubic feet with the seats folded down, which should be adequate for most mobile housekeepers.

  • Chevrolet Volt: The Volt is another hybrid that drivers report performs like a gas-only car. It travels 98 mpg-e combined – better than most hybrids. It is a bit low on cargo space, though, at 10.6 cubic feet. Whether the Volt is a good choice for you will depend largely on how many clients you serve in any given day.

As a mobile housekeeper, you want reliable, fuel-efficient transportation with enough storage space.


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