The 8 best commuting cars for 2014

Take some of the stress out of getting to work

Let one of our seven favorite commuting cars take the stress and worry out of those regular slogs to work, the supermarket and other day-in, day-out destinations. We picked these 2014 models because they're safe and economical. All have earned a "Top Safety Pick" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Well, except for two that are so new they haven't been tested yet. All get at least 30 mpg in combined city/highway driving, according to the EPA. They're supremely comfortable and reliable, too, earning a score of at least 70 out of 100 from the demanding test drivers at Consumer Reports magazine. (Same exception. Two haven't been tested yet.) Prices start at just over $19,000 and climb to just under $31,000, including destination charges. And since we don't like shifting gears in stop-and-go traffic, all of our recommendations come with automatic transmissions, front-wheel drive and such basic creature comforts as air conditioning, power windows, door locks and outside mirrors. You won't find anything cheap or stripped-down about our favorites. Here they are, starting with the least expensive.

By Russ Heaps
Interest.com Contributing Editor