The 8 best commuting cars for 2014

2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in

Price: $30,710
Fuel Economy: 51 mpg city/48 highway/50 combined

How could we do a list of the best commuter cars and not include a Prius among our picks? We couldn't. It's the best-selling hybrid on the market. We chose the plug-in hybrid because Toyota lowered its price by more than $2,000 for 2014. And it's still eligible for up to a $2,500 federal tax credit. It only takes about 3 hours to fully charge the batteries from a standard 120-volt outlet, and you can drive about 11 miles just on battery power. After that, the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and dual electric motors kick into traditional hybrid mode to generate a reasonable 134 horsepower and deliver the most impressive gas mileage in our slide show. If fuel costs are your major concern, then you've got to consider a Prius. The cabin is roomy and loaded with features, such as heated front seats, backup camera, navigation system with touch screen and six-speaker audio system with satellite radio capability.

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