Commuting long distances can be tough. A commuter’s car quickly transforms from just a mode of transportation into a breakfast nook, entertainment center and makeup room all rolled into one. But, your car isn’t just for taking you to work, either. It is for goodnight kisses, for catching up and for travel.

And, unfortunately, you car also can be one of the biggest drains on your financial resources. That’s why choosing the right fuel-efficient car for your lifestyle is one of the most important decisions you can make.

For Dates: Ford Fiesta

If you are a young professional, you want style and affordability. Thankfully, the Ford Fiesta offers both. The Fiesta is attractive in its sporty design and in its fuel efficiency. According to EPA estimates, this sleek little sedan averages 28 MPG in the city and 36 on the highway. While some electric and hybrid models offer a much more efficient fuel economy, few can compare with the Fiesta’s price tag. With an automatic transmission, the Fiesta’s base MSRP price range falls between $14,455 and $18,805, making it one of the most affordable cars on the market. This means you can afford to take your date anywhere from across town to your favorite restaurant to a longer trip to the countryside without worrying about breaking your budget.

For Daycare: Honda Odyssey

If you have a family, seating is very important, but so is balancing your monthly budget. With seating for eight people in various configurations, the Honda Odyssey is a great option. The Odyssey provides ample cabin storage and excellent child seat accommodations for an impressive 28 MPG on the highway. And, according to, the Odyssey scored a stunning five-star rating for overall safety. With a base MSRP price range of $28,975 to $44,600, the Honda Odyssey can help you safely ferry your children to daycare and back. And even better, its DVD entertainment system will keep everyone sane for long road trips to grandma’s house.

For Teenagers: Volkswagen Passat TDI

For those who need a car they can trust with a teenager, the Volkswagen Passat TDI may be a dream come true. It is spacious, responsive and comfortable. Better still, at just 37 MPG overall, it comes with the fuel economy of a hybrid with a modest $21,340 to $35,995 price tag. With fuel economy like this, your car’s gas tank may survive a full week of commuting to work and a full weekend of your teenager driving around town. The best part? The Passat is considered a 2015 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with features like an intelligent crash response system, side airbags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes and daytime running lights. This mean that you can worry less about your teenager’s safety on the road and more more about his or her curfew.

No matter what your lifestyle, you have options when it comes to fuel-efficient cars for your daily commute and fun road trips. Plus, fuel-efficient driving techniques, like using cruise control and driving at or below 50 mph, can save you even more. So, once you have narrowed down your budget, it’s time to pick a car. DriveTime is an excellent place to start looking for your dream commuter vehicle.