10 Excellent Used Cars That Are Ideal for Joliet Drivers

August 12th, 2022 by

One of most popular Joliet used cars, a white 2019 Nissan LEAF, is shown driving past a field.

Shopping for the perfect vehicle is sometimes more complicated than it needs to be. Fuel prices continue to be unpredictable, and with every driver’s needs being different from one another, choosing what’s ideal for your situation can sometimes be challenging. Visiting a dealership such as Thomas Nissan can provide you with a wide range of options that work for you. If you’re in the market for a vehicle and reside in Joliet, used cars are our specialty, so you should take the time to stop by. We’ve combed through our inventory and listened to the people in the community we call home. We took everything under consideration and left no stone unturned to figure out the best cars for our community. These are ten great used models for Joliet drivers, and we’re sure you’ll find something that’s perfect for you.

2018 Honda Fit

Joliet is the third-largest city in Illinois, so there’s a good chance that your daily commute has a great deal of city driving. This situation equates to a considerable amount of stop-and-go traffic patterns. The 2018 Honda Fit is a perfect match for these conditions. Equipped with a 1.5L four-cylinder engine and Honda’s CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission), you’ll get the most for your money. With the ability to achieve 40 MPG on the highway, you’ll be able to get to Chicago (30 miles from Joliet) on less than a gallon of gas. An available storage capacity of 57 cubic feet means you’ll have almost double the room of the average four-door sedan.

2019 Nissan LEAF

While you might call Joliet home, your employment might require you to do a fair amount of driving that extends beyond the city limits. Because the average consumer has long been obsessed with the rise and fall of fuel prices, we present a vehicle that will give you the chance to tell high cost to “leaf you alone.” The Nissan LEAF is one of the flagships of the EV movement. Finding a 2019 model can be advantageous if you’re looking to bypass the gas station altogether. A range of 226 miles and eligibility for a tax refund, it’s an everyday driver that anyone can get behind.

2020 Subaru Outback

Here’s the situation: you need a vehicle that can handle those tumultuous midwest winters, but you have no interest in buying a full-sized pickup truck or SUV. After all, navigating city traffic when the weather is hard enough, you need to be able to take those corners with minimal effort. A compromise between both of these factors can be found in a 2020 Subaru Outback. No more significant than an SUV equipped with Subaru’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, you’ll have no trouble conquering downtown, or any other terrain, for that matter.

2018 Nissan Kicks

While this list is centered around sedans and hatchbacks, we certainly hope you forgive us if we stray from that topic for a few moments. Like many other residents of Joliet, there’s a distinct possibility that you have a family and need a vehicle that can help facilitate their various needs. The 2018 Nissan Kicks is one of the most fuel-efficient and family-friendly vehicles you can take advantage of. Smaller than the typical SUV and equipped with a CVT, you’ll get an estimated 31 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. An available 32 cubic feet of storage means you’ll have plenty of room for groceries and school science fair projects.

A red 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is shown parked on concrete.

2017 MX-5 Miata

Maneuvering around the city and getting children where they need to be is always essential. Sometimes, though, you just want to cruise. While vehicles associated with high performance are thought to be only available to those with a disposable income, residents of Joliet can rejoice. The Miata is a cost-effective sports car for the average consumer. Affectionately known as the roadster, the 2017 Miata came equipped with a 155 hp 4-cylinder that still achieved impressive mileage of 26 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway. You’ll be able to cruise through the streets of Joliet without putting a strain on your bank account.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Here’s another hypothetical situation. While you need a vehicle with extra storage, you also crave excitement and style. Finding a practical compromise between the two might seem complicated but not impossible. 2020 was quite the year for the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The vehicle garnered a great deal of praise from Car & Driver, and it’s easy to see why. Offering a turbocharged engine capable of 228 hp and 24 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway, conservative fuel consumption and high-octane performance are seamlessly blended. The vehicle is also versatile, offering 53 cubic feet of available storage capacity.

2018 Chevy Malibu

We now take you from the sporty to the practical. For many consumers, style and flair are both admirable, but more than anything else, they need something cost-effective that can safely get them from point A to point B. A four-door sedan such as the 2018 Chevy Malibu will be more than ideal for just such a situation. An estimated 27 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway means that your morning commute will be calm and not too costly during your trips to the pump. Generally speaking, cost-effectiveness will be found in your monthly insurance premiums, as a four-door sedan is among the cheapest vehicles to insure.

2017 Nissan Frontier

Once again, we’re going to take a brief detour from the sedans on our list to glimpse a pickup that could give you the versatility you need at a price that’s easily within your budget. While there’s an excellent chance you work in Joliet, you might have an occupation that requires you to leave the city limits from time to time. For jobs that require a vehicle with versatility, the 2017 Nissan Frontier is more than capable of providing for your needs. A maximum towing capacity of 6,500 lbs will allow you to tackle any job that work or life throws your way. Plus, if you work in the city doing construction or something similar, a pickup will always be the ideal choice.

A red 2017 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X is shown parked on rocks.


2018 Toyota Avalon

If you’re a driver who’s heading towards retirement or just want something that’s ultra-comfortable and that doesn’t need to be driven every day, consider the 2018 Toyota Avalon. Described by some as a more efficient take on full-size sedans, such as the Chevy Impala, 2018 was one of the best years for the vehicle in question. For those who want boisterous performance, a V6 powertrain generates a healthy 268 hp. For those who favor economy, a hybrid powertrain benefits drivers with 40 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway, which is ideal for the residents of Joliet who enjoy their comfort with a little bit of kick.

2017 Kia Soul

One of the highlights of the 2017 model year and considered by some to be one of the best vehicles for life in an urban setting like Joliet, the 2017 Kia Soul manages to perfectly blend style, performance, and economy into one vehicle that’s agreeable to almost any driver. The Soul combines the boxy shape of the 1990s with the curves of the modern era to create something that appeals to the senses and stands out in the crowd. Performance-wise, a rapid turbocharged engine generates an impressive 201 hp. A five-star safety rating from the NHTSA and almost 50 cubic feet of available storage space mean that you can take it all with you and keep yourself safe while doing so.

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