The 8 best commuting cars for 2014

2014 Nissan Versa Note SV

Price: $19,300
Fuel Economy: 31 mpg city/40 highway/35 combined

While you can get a fairly decked-out version of Nissan's new hatchback for under $17,000, we suggest going for the whole enchilada with the SL Tech Package. Why? Because you spend several hours a week driving to and from work and deserve all the bells and whistles that make the trip more enjoyable. And thanks to the Note's low base price, you can get all of the goodies without breaking the bank. So go ahead and treat yourself to a 5.8-inch touch screen, 360-degree parking camera, navigation system and four-speaker sound system. Let's be clear. The Note's 109-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission are designed to deliver great gas mileage, not neck-snapping performance. Nor will you be wowed by the basic, heavily plastic interior. But the Note is a highly affordable way to get around. This is one of the two new cars that are too new to have been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or Consumer Reports.