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Compact vehicles Chevrolet Volt. AAA says this four-passenger vehicle is perfect for a commute that starts on a highway since the newer versions of the car allow the driver to force operation of the gasoline engine. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Chevrolet Volt five-door hatchback is 38,871. (Stan HondaAFPGetty Images)
Compact vehicles: Chevrolet Volt. AAA says this four-passenger vehicle is perfect for a commute that starts on a highway since the newer versions of the car allow the driver to force operation of the gasoline engine. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Chevrolet Volt five-door hatchback is $38,871. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
Compact vehicles Toyota Prius or Prius V. AAA says the Prius sets the standard for fuel efficiency. It is ideal for urban commutes since the gasoline engine turns off when the car is stopped. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the Toyota Prius V five-door wagon is 26,350. (Justin SullivanGetty Images)
Compact vehicles: Toyota Prius or Prius V. AAA says the Prius sets the standard for fuel efficiency. It is ideal for urban commutes since the gasoline engine turns off when the car is stopped. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the Toyota Prius V five-door wagon is $26,350. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Compact vehicles Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI. This car uses a diesel engine and has the option of manual or automatic transmission. AAA says it delivers smooth acceleration and the handling is precise and predictable. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen four-door manual hatchback TDI is 23,894. (Jonathan FickiesGetty Images)
Compact vehicles: Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI. This car uses a diesel engine and has the option of manual or automatic transmission. AAA says it delivers smooth acceleration and the handling is precise and predictable. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen four-door manual hatchback TDI is $23,894. (Jonathan Fickies/Getty Images)
Sedan Buick LaCrosse. This mild hybrid car is picked as ideal for driving in a carpool, thanks to its comfortable seating and responsive handling. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Buick LaCrosse four-door sedan base is 30,727. (Spencer PlattGetty Images)
Sedan: Buick LaCrosse. This "mild hybrid" car is picked as ideal for driving in a carpool, thanks to its comfortable seating and responsive handling. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Buick LaCrosse four-door sedan base is $30,727. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Sedan Ford Fusion. AAA picked this affordably priced sedan for its upgraded interiors and optional turbocharged four-cylinder engines. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Ford Fusion four door S is 20,038. (Mario TamaGetty Images)
Sedan: Ford Fusion. AAA picked this affordably priced sedan for its upgraded interiors and optional turbocharged four-cylinder engines. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Ford Fusion four door S is $20,038. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Sedan Hyundai Genesis. Described as powerful and roomy, AAA rates the Genesis for its performance and predictability. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis four-door sedan V6 3.8 liter is 33,358. (Chung Sung-JunGetty Images)
Sedan: Hyundai Genesis. Described as powerful and roomy, AAA rates the Genesis for its performance and predictability. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis four-door sedan V6 3.8 liter is $33,358. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Sedan Nissan Altima. AAA ranks this car as a top pick for commuting because it is comfortable for all passengers, performs well and offers several safety features. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Nissan Altima four-door 2.5 liter is 21,706. (David McNewGetty Images)
Sedan: Nissan Altima. AAA ranks this car as a top pick for commuting because it is comfortable for all passengers, performs well and offers several safety features. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Nissan Altima four-door 2.5 liter is $21,706. (David McNew/Getty Images)
Crossovers Ford Flex. This crossover vehicle is roomy, quiet and controlled, AAA reports. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Ford Flex SE is 26,803. (Simon HayterGetty Images)
Crossovers: Ford Flex. This crossover vehicle is roomy, quiet and controlled, AAA reports. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Ford Flex SE is $26,803. (Simon Hayter/Getty Images)
Crossovers Toyota Highlander. AAA says this roomy vehicle is a top choice for commuters needing size. The Highlander is also good at maneuvering in traffic. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Toyota Highlander four-door, front-wheel drive four-cylinder is 27,978. (Joe RaedleGetty Images)
Crossovers: Toyota Highlander. AAA says this roomy vehicle is a top choice for commuters needing size. The Highlander is also good at maneuvering in traffic. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Toyota Highlander four-door, front-wheel drive four-cylinder is $27,978. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Minivan Honda Odyssey. AAA says this car is just as good in an urban setting as it is in a less crowded commute setting, despite its size. The Odyssey is roomy, equipped and comfortable. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Honda Odyssey LX is 27,801. (Daniel AckerBloomberg via Getty Images)
Minivan: Honda Odyssey. AAA says this car is just as good in an urban setting as it is in a less crowded commute setting, despite its size. The Odyssey is roomy, equipped and comfortable. TrueCar reports the average paid price of the 2013 Honda Odyssey LX is $27,801. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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