The 8 best commuting cars for 2014

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

Price: $25,810
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg city/46 highway/33 combined

The Cruze not only earns high marks for comfort and safety, it's the first diesel-powered car General Motors has sold in the United States in nearly 30 years. Why take a chance with it? The 2.0-liter turbo diesel delivers twice the torque of the standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and generates 151 horsepower — more than any of the gas-fueled motors available in the Cruze. So not only is it stingy with fuel, it will send you charging to the front when the light goes green and you start putting the six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission through its paces. The Cruze's cabin is roomy and comfortable with high-quality materials that create a surprisingly premium look for a car of this price. We figure you could spend a lot of quality time in the heated leather power driver's seat fiddling with the six-speaker, satellite-capable sound system.