The 8 best commuting cars for 2014

2014 Honda Accord LX

Price: $23,545
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg city/36 highway/30 combined

One of the things that really sells us on the Accord is that even the base LX comes gussied up with voice recognition, text-message function, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-inch touch screen and an audio system with iPod interface and Pandora capability. What we also like about the midsize Accord is its roomy cabin and reputation for safety. Accords aren't quite bulletproof, but you'll have a tough time convincing most Accord owners of that. The 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission is one of the most refined and efficient powertrains you'll find anywhere. Whether cruising down the expressway or slugging through stop-and-go city traffic, Accord provides a wonderful balance of ride comfort and predictable handling. A roomy interior full of quality components also makes this a great family car. Think of this as a commuter for those who need to take some people with them.