AAA provides Top Vehicle Picks for Commuters

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We have all been stuck in bumper to bumper traffic traveling to or from work at some point in our lives. The frustration, the anguish, the need to flick someone off when they just don’t know how to drive; are the ever existing dramas we experience on a day to day basis. We can’t say that AAA can change any of that, but we can bring you AAA’s top vehicle picks for commuters and hope that finding the right vehicle can improve safety and comfortability during those times of utter despair.

The average motorists spends about 41 minutes of their day going to or from work traveling about 22.5 miles during that time. With that in mind, AAA has reviewed and tested hundreds of vehicles based on practicality, safety, comfort, fuel efficiency, and affordability to provide readers with the top choices for these commuters. And, don’t worry; AAA has also taken into account the longer list of bells and whistles that come along with being comfortable in your ride by providing a second list that takes those aspects into account. Highlights from these lists include: Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Chevrolet Corvette, Mercedes-Benz GL, and BMW 3-Series.

Follow the jump for the extensive list of vehicles that can quite possibly eliminate the need for anger management plus the official press release.

AAA’s Top Picks for Commuter Vehicles

Commuters Vehicles Offering Efficiency and More

Press Release

AAA released its top vehicle picks for commuters today. Long commutes have become an increasingly common daily activity for many Americans, and having the right vehicle for those long drives is key not only to saving money and being environmentally-friendly, but also staying safe and comfortable during many hours on the road.

The average motorist spends about 41 minutes a day traveling about 22.5 miles roundtrip to/from work in personal vehicles, according to the National Household Travel Survey.

AAA Auto Buying’s team of experts, who test drove and reviewed hundreds of vehicles have compiled a list of their top vehicles picks for commuters based upon practicality, safety, comfort, fuel efficiency and affordability.

AAA’s Top Picks for Commuter Vehicles

Honda Insight: This car is among the ultimate in gasoline fuel economy while being reasonably comfortable for the driver and front-seat passenger. It’s also less costly and more fun to drive than some of its hybrid competitors.

Ford Fusion: Four-cylinder versions offer an appealing combination of power, riding comfort and handling competence. The Hybrid offers even more economy, but the fuel savings come with a major bump in the purchase price.

Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Everything that you ever hated about diesels has been exorcised in this latest version of the Volkswagen diesel engine. It is quiet, with just a trace of diesel clatter at idle; peppy, especially when underway; and every bit as economical as the most miserly hybrids. It also is great fun to drive. Comfortable front seats are a plus.

Hyundai Elantra: The new Blue edition is good for 35 miles per gallon. This fourth generation Elantra also is reasonably accommodating for a driver and three passengers with the interior nicely done. The 10-year/100,000-mile warranty suggests that you could keep this car in the daily commuting grind for years.

Subaru Legacy/Outback: These new models with their horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engines perform very well, and with their redesign for 2010, they now offer much better fuel economy and enhanced rear seat leg room. And for commuters facing snowy rides to work, the all-wheel drive helps ensure they will make it to work every time.

Honda Civic: Affordable, dependable, economical and comfortable, the Civic is one of the better performing compacts for a wide range of uses, including commuting. For drivers who want to enjoy the trip even more, the 197 horsepower Si sedan deserves a careful look.

Chevrolet Malibu: Stylish inside and out, the Malibu also is a competent performer on the road. Four-cylinder models offer more than enough power for the daily commute and promise decent fuel economy. The passenger cabin is nicely finished and roomy, both in the front and rear, making it a good choice for carpooling.

Honda Accord: Good for the commute and good for family transportation, the Accord is roomy, solid and economical when equipped with the four-cylinder engine. It also offers road manners that are beyond reproach.

Mazda3: The body for 2010 may not be to everyone’s taste, but there is no arguing with its crisp handling and above average power for the compact field. Fuel economy also is good. The ride can be a little flinty, so commuters facing long stretches of neglected urban highways may want to look elsewhere. However, for people who enjoy driving, the handling will more than make up for a few abrupt ride motions.

Commuters Vehicles Offering Efficiency and More

Practicality is an important factor that many commuters look for when seeking the ideal vehicle for long commutes. However, AAA Auto Buying experts understand that some want a vehicle that can serve dual purposes such as an efficient commuter vehicle that addresses needs for family or recreation or desires for luxury or fun. Because of this, AAA offers their picks for vehicles that can help address consumers’ secondary needs while still providing a smart choice for long commutes.

Mini Cooper: A premium subcompact, the Mini is both sporty and economical with fuel. Few cars are as much fun to drive. Commuters will be able to take one passenger only and the purchase price is higher than you might expect, based on size alone. However, few cars are as enjoyable on the road or offer as many safety features. Commuters might even choose to take the long way home.

Chevrolet Corvette: Who says the drive to work has to be boring? The Corvette is anything but, and when driven appropriately, it can even return near-compact car fuel economy of around 26 mpg on the highway.

Buick Enclave: Handling the commute for up to eight people, the Enclave combines an exceptionally quiet ride with competent handling and surprising room in all three rows. It makes for a smart choice for those seeking a large family vehicle on the weekends.

Mercedes-Benz GL: Roomy seating for seven, unexcelled refinement, all-wheel drive and the option of a surprisingly economical (for the vehicle size) diesel engine make this a highly desirable commuter for multi-adult carpools.

Volkswagen GTI: Sporty, fun to drive and able to return mid- to upper-20 mile per gallon fuel economy results with the 200-hp turbocharged engine, the GTI is full of surprises. Even the rear seat is good for two adults and the cargo area is surprisingly roomy. Four workers can easily store large laptop carrying briefcases in the rear and then be quite comfortable for the ride to and from work.

BMW 3-Series: The first sports sedan remains the best by many measures. What more enjoyable way to get to work and then return home? The engines are impressive for their power and refinement, the handling is top notch and the build quality is excellent, as would be expected for the price.

What do you think?
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  (344) posted on 09.26.2010

Not everyone is broke and wants to drive, let alone be seen in some old beater Honda.

  (380) posted on 08.25.2010

I would pick Accord more than any on the list, my family and friends loves to go around every weekend so this car makes it more fun.

  (745) posted on 08.23.2010

Cool rundown on top vehicles. Well, to me I love Mini Cooper. It deserves on the number one choice for commuters.

  (780) posted on 08.5.2010

Honda CRX HF from Craigs list. $3500 in decent shape, not perfect. 54mpg. Easy to work on. Cheap parts. F newer cars.

  (42) posted on 03.27.2010

there is a reason why the crz wasnt on havent hit the road yet, well only in japan but not the rest of the world.....

  (512) posted on 03.26.2010

Bolder and bulky luxury car for sure i weights heavy

  (512) posted on 03.26.2010

Honda Insight? whats so special with the insight? they should picked the Cr-Z.

  (364) posted on 03.25.2010

Well at least two of my favorite car are listed to the top 10 Civic and Speed3.

  (708) posted on 03.25.2010

Well I gotta admit that when I see some supercar in the street, let it be a Lamborghini, a Ferrari, a Shelby Mustang (haven’t seen one in the street though) or a GT-R, at some point I’d wish to be stuck in traffic to get a good look at it. It’s kinda difficult to look at it when driving and if I’m driving it and I’m stuck in traffic, it’s quite alright cause it would surely mean spotlight or something.

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