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More than transportation

Here are our picks for the best cars for those who use them for work, whatever their field may be.

Sometimes your car is more than the thing that gets you to work, it is a tool that enables you to do your job. Whether you’re baking bread or building houses, the following list of cars can help you get it done.

Black Honda 2020 Ridgeline with black background

Honda’s Ridgeline was recently named #1 Midsize Truck by Car and Driver magazine. This is largely due to it’s smooth, car-like driving experience that comes courtesy of Honda’s long celebrated VTEC V6 engine and unit-body construction. The Ridgeline’s ingeniously designed truck bed allows for the truck to be shorter and more parkable than other trucks in its class. The bed includes a weather resistant 7 cubic foot “trunk” that can hold valuables that need locking up. A drain plug in that trunk also allows for it to be a gigantic cooler if the situation demands. The truck bed’s tailgate can be lowered in the traditional way or opened like a door as it is hinged on one side.

The Ridgeline comes with many great standard features on the entry level trim including a multi angle rear view camera, intelligent traction management and an integrated class III trailer hitch. As you climb up the range, safety and convenience amenities accrue, including traffic sensing, blind spot information system and a 150 watt / 400 watt ac outlet installed in the truck bed.

Navy blue 2020 Lexus RX350 with trees and building in background

The Lexus RX is one of the most popular crossover vehicles in history, after defining the segment with the launch of the first RX nearly 20 years ago. Given the legendary reliability of Lexus, many of those original RX’s could still been on the road. It’s combination of great looks and versatility is still potent today. The 2020 RX 350 provides smooth power from its 3.5l V6 engine. Inside the RX’s cabin maintains its reputation for quiet, restrained luxury. It’s the perfect vehicle for taking clients to lunch or picking up supplies for your small business. The rear cargo area has 18 cubic feet behind the rear seats and over 50 with the rear seats folded down. Cargo can be accessed via an available hands-free power lift gate. With trim levels that include both 3 row and hybrid models, the RX is a great tool for both weekday and weekend.

Red 2020 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo with mural wall background

When Porsche introduced their first wagon, the Panamera Sport Turismo, it was a cause for celebration. European sport wagons have long enjoyed cult status and the Sport Turismo is quickly amassing willing acolytes. Equipped with the same running gear as the rest of Porsche’s performance line up, The Sport Turismo is the handy work car that you can also take to track day. Across it’s 5 trim levels the wagon’s power plant ranges from a turbo V6 putting out 330 hp all the way to the Turbo S E-hybrid whose electric and twin turbo V8 motor outputs a ridiculous 677 hp and a 0-60 of 3.2 seconds. When duty calls the rear seats fold flat to afford 45.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity. More than enough for a couple dozen 50 lb bags of concrete or several cases of Dom Perignon, depending on your line of work.

Black Subaru 2020 Forester on the road with trees in background

Subaru’s Forester is beloved for its no-nonsense functionality. The latest iteration of the Forester pluses up its usefulness with a great design as well. The newly sleek Forester still provides great mileage (33/26), standard AWD and a roomy cabin for both passengers and cargo. Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology comes standard and the Driver Distraction Mitigation system is available as an option. As a work vehicle, the Forester is extremely versatile with 76.1 cubic feet of cargo space available and an extra wide lift gate for accommodating larger items. Load up your band’s gear for a gig and still have room for everything that goes on the merch table.

white Toyota Prius in driveway with trunk open and words spelling out

Toyota’s Prius set the car business on a new path when it was introduced in the 2000’s. Today it is probably the car most closely identified with the Toyota brand. In 2020 the Prius comes in 6 trim levels that include both front wheel and all wheel drive variants. All versions of the Prius have mileage estimates over 50 mpg.

Amenities like leather and heated seats, larger wheels and wireless phone charging are included as you move up the range. But all versions of the Prius have the same voluminous interior. The roomy cabin has great legroom for back seat passengers. The cargo area is 27.4 cubic feet, larger than many crossovers, and when the seats are folded flat it offers a palatial 65.5 cubic feet, making the Prius a great work car.

With its awesome city mileage and ample storage, the Prius is great for making deliveries or hauling supplies. A lot of contractors have been ditching their gas guzzling trucks for the Prius, especially when having to visit multiple jobs sites in a day. Toyota has also extended the warranty on Prius batteries to 8 years or 150,000 miles in addition to providing free scheduled maintenance at no charge for 2 years or 25,000 miles.

Grey Audi 2020 Allroad kicking up dirt on a dirt road

The original Audi Allroad achieved a devoted following for its capability and functionality. The 2020 Allroad continues that legacy. Combining the best elements of a car and an SUV, this is a car for people that get stuff done. With the rear seats folded flat the Allroad’s 58 cu. ft. of cargo space allows ample room for gearing up for a photoshoot in Joshua Tree or bringing your artisanal cheeses to the farmer’s market. Audi’s 2 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder provides plenty of power while offering great mileage for a car this useful. Of course Audi’s Quattro AWD comes standard along with a full complement of safety and convenience features. As you move up through the 3 trim levels, Audi adds goodies like heads up display, top view camera system and active lane assist.

White 2020 VW Golf with person in all denim mural background

Dating back to its earlier days in the US where it debuted as The Rabbit, the Golf has been a reliable, sporty and most importantly, functional staple in VW’s line up. The current Golf delivers as well with its great styling, roomy interior and peppy 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. If your job requires you to be out of the office all day, the Golf’s 29 city/37 highway MPG will help keep expenses low.

The Golf’s versatile cabin is also great for hauling supplies. With the rear seats folded down, the Golf has 52 cu. ft. of space for cargo, more than enough room to keep your bakery in flour for a month and to deliver that wedding cake safely to your customers. Either of the Golf’s two trim levels are priced below 25,000, making it a great investment in the success of your business.

Dark blue 2020 Toyota Tundra with blue sky background

Sometimes you need a vehicle that is equal parts work and play. Toyota’s full sized Tundra can haul a load of sod to the job site on Friday and tow your boat to Pyramid Lake on Saturday. Every trim level of Tundra comes with an I-FORCE V8 producing 381 hp and 400 lb ft of Torque. The Tundra offers up to 10,000 lbs of towing capacity, so tell your clients that it’s no problem resurfacing their patio in brick.

Across the Tundra’s six trim levels, the comfort and amenities start to rise, but the basic running gear and capabilities are the same, including active and passive safety measures. Every trim level of the Tacoma can be optioned via additional packages that create a truck perfectly suited to your needs. And Toyota’s legendary reliability is backing you up whether you’re dropping off lumber at the job site or picking up the party supplies for the weekend.

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