The 7 best commuting cars for 2013

Buick Verano Leather

Price: $27,640

Mileage: 21 mpg city/30 highway/24 combined

CR Score: 73

Go ahead, pamper yourself a little. As you might expect, the Verano Leather comes with supportive leather seats and a cabin that reflects its premium price. There are many luxury touches, including a back-up camera and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and outside mirrors, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and a nine-speaker audio system with iPod integration. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 180 horsepower through a six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission. Acceleration is lively and the handling crisp. But the car with the most powerful engine also gets the worst gas mileage among our favorites.