The 8 best commuting cars for 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Price: $30,825
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg city/38 highway/30 combined

We never dreamed we would ever include a Mercedes-Benz on a list of cars getting 30 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Just as startling is the price. Since we like to include one luxury ride among our picks, we decided to take a chance on the all-new CLA250. We love its drop-dead good looks, even though the swooping coupe-like roof line minimizes rear-seat headroom. It doesn't appear that Mercedes cut any corners in materials or workmanship in the high-end cabin. It's loaded with lots of technology too, such as a 5.8-inch display with Mercedes COMAND interface. This is the only front-wheel-drive car Mercedes sells here, and its seven-speed automatic transmission works with the most powerful engine in our slide show, a 2-liter turbocharged four that develops 208 horsepower. But this is the other car that has not yet been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or Consumer Reports. Go see if its performance justifies our support.