AAA Auto Buying Experts Select Top Vehicles for Commuters

          AAA Auto Buying Experts Select Top Vehicles for Commuters

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ORLANDO, Fla., March 26, 2013

From a full electric vehicle to a spacious minivan AAA top picks driven by
fuel efficiency and comfort

ORLANDO, Fla., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Most Americans (86
percent) rely on their vehicle to get them to and from work every day. With an
average commute of 25 minutes each way and gas prices hovering about $3.50 per
gallon since February, selecting the right vehicle can make a commute more
enjoyable and lower expenses. For motorists in the market for a new car AAA
Auto Buying experts have selected vehicles that go the distance with comfort
and performance.

"Many Americans are spending several hours every week in their vehicle to get
to and from work," says John Nielsen, director, AAA Automotive Engineering &
Repair. "Having a vehicle that is reliable, fuel-efficient and comfortable can
really make a difference in your everyday routine."

AAA's top vehicle picks are selected by AAA Auto Buying experts who test drive
and evaluate hundreds of vehicles each year. Fuel efficiency, comfort and
overall performance helped create this top list of vehicles for commuters.

Compact Vehicles

Chevrolet Volt: This four-passenger, plug-in electric vehicle, sidesteps range
anxiety with a gasoline engine on board to run a generator. The newest
versions of the Volt allow a driver to force operation of the gasoline engine,
ideal for a commute that starts on a highway, where gasoline power is more
efficient, and ends in a city, where battery power is more cost effective. The
car is exceptionally quiet, handles well and boasts great acceleration but
rear seat room is tight if you plan to carpool. TrueCar reports that the
Average Paid price of the 2013 Chevrolet Volt five-door hatchback is $38,871,
2.8 percent less than the MSRP*.

Toyota Prius or Prius V: These gasoline-electric hybrids set the standard for
fuel efficiency in a gasoline-powered vehicle. The Prius seats five in
reasonable comfort and is exceptionally efficient for urban commutes where
regenerative braking and the ability to turn the gasoline engine off while the
car is stopped enhances fuel efficiency. TrueCar reports that the Average
Paid price of the 2013 Toyota Prius door hatchback is $24,066, 3.7 percent
less than the MSRP, and the Prius V five door wagon is $26,350, four percent
less than MSRP*.

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI: The SportWagen is a wagon style model that
uses a diesel engine to deliver smooth acceleration with strong fuel economy.
Handling is also precise and predictable. With the option of manual or
automatic transmission, these cars are fun to drive, making the longer
commutes seem less daunting. TrueCar reports that the Average Paid price of
the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen four-door manual hatchback TDI is
$23,894, 9.2 percent less than the MSRP*.


Audi A4: Beautifully finished and very comfortable in front, the A4 can make
light work of any commute. Front-wheel drive is standard, but the option for
Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system is available. The ride is firm but
compliant and the handling is tops. The body structure feels exceptionally
solid, even when facing rough urban pavement. Driving pleasure earns a very
high grade, although the rear seat room earns a much lower score. TrueCar
reports that the Average Paid price of the 2013 Audi A4 four-door Sedan CVT
FrontTrak 2.0T is $31,697, 5.1 percent less than the MSRP*.

Buick LaCrosse: A steady ride, comfortable seating, responsive handling and an
excellent V-6-based drivetrain make this car an ideal choice for commuting in
a carpool. Performance is excellent. For buyers seeking the room and comfort
of the LaCrosse with more fuel efficiency, a four-cylinder eAssist drivetrain
is offered. Consider it a mild hybrid. TrueCar reports that the Average Paid
price of the 2013 Buick LaCrosse four-door sedan base is $30,727, 5.6 percent
less than the MSRP*.

Ford Fusion: Ford's entry in the affordably-priced family sedan arena has been
completely redesigned for 2013. The new model features a sleek exterior, an
upgraded interior and new drivetrains. The Fusion is now offered with three
engines, a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two optional turbocharged
four cylinder engines, either 1.6- or 2.0-liters. The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder
engine produces 240 horsepower, matching the output of many V-6s. This Fusion
could easily have passed for a luxury car not too many years ago. Front-wheel
drive is standard; all-wheel drive is an option. TrueCar reports that the
Average Paid price of the 2013 Ford Fusion four door S is $20,038, 10.9
percent less than the MSRP*.

Hyundai Genesis: This V-6-powered sedan is refined, powerful and roomy. The
V-6 engine turns in an exemplary performance and the new 8-speed automatic
transmission raises the performance level to the point that the optional V-8
is unnecessary. While handling is predictable, the ride does fall a little
short of full luxury sedan status. TrueCar reports that the Average Paid price
of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis four door sedan V6 3.8 liter is $33,358, 4.9
percent less than the MSRP*.

Nissan Altima: The redesigned 2013 Altima continues to be a top choice for
commuting. It is comfortable for all passengers, performs well and offers
several unique safety features, including clever use of the backup camera to
provide lane departure and blind spot warnings in some models. TrueCar reports
that the Average Paid price of the 2013 Nissan Altima four door 2.5 liter is
$21,706, 3.7 percent less than the MSRP*.


Ford Flex: This boxy crossover is hard to beat when looking for room in a
vehicle. Buyers will find ample space for passengers or purchases. The ride is
quiet and well controlled. The engines are V-6s, with the EcoBoost motor
turning in a particularly good performance. Though costly, this EcoBoost
engine not only outperforms the base V-6, in AAA testing it also delivered
slightly better fuel economy. TrueCar reports that the Average Paid price of
the 2013 Ford Flex SE is $26,803, 15.7 percent less than the MSRP*.

Toyota Highlander: In the crossover category, this vehicle features a
comfortable ride and roomy interior. More impressive are its highway cruising
manners and despite its size, ease of maneuvering in traffic. And while this
vehicle's size takes a minor toll in handling through sharp bends in the road,
add a reputation for dependability and long life and you have a top choice for
commuters needing size and passenger capacity. TrueCar reports that the
Average Paid price of the 2013 Toyota Highlander four-door front wheel drive
four cylinder is $27,978, 6.3 percent less than the MSRP*.


Honda Odyssey: This roomy minivan is offered in a wide range of models, though
even basic versions are well equipped and comfortable. Its size suggests that
it is best suited to a less crowded commute venue, but even in an urban
setting, the Odyssey is easy to drive. Front and second row seating comfort is
quite good. The third row folds easily to from a flat load floor with ample
space for a wide range of items. TrueCar reports that the Average Paid price
of the 2013 Honda Odyssey LX is $27,801, 5.8 percent less than the MSRP*.

AAA provides free vehicle reviews, localized pricing information and more
online at Additional information on AAA Auto Buying is
available at The AAA Auto Buying Tools App is available
here to access information on the go.

TrueCar, Inc. is the AAA preferred supplier for new and used car pricing
information for the motor club. TrueCar is an online automotive information
and communications platform focused on creating a better car buying experience
for dealers and consumers. Consumers want a hassle-free car buying experience
and dealers want high-quality sales velocity. TrueCar helps achieve these
goals by providing unbiased market information on new and used car
transactions and by supplying an online communications platform through which
dealers and consumers can communicate with each other. TrueCar's market-based
information provides both consumers and dealers with an accurate and
comprehensive understanding of what others actually paid recently for similar
vehicles, both locally and nationally. If you are in the market for a new
vehicle, you can configure a virtual vehicle with the specifications you want,
see the Estimated or Target Price for that vehicle in your area, and then
connect directly with local TrueCar Certified Dealers at
Once you submit a request, TrueCar Certified Dealer representatives will get
in touch with you to discuss vehicles in their inventory.

*The Average Paid price is a proprietary mathematical calculation based on
actual recent anonymized transaction information in your regional area, and
includes destination and delivery charges after incentives that are subject to
change, but does not include tax, title, licensing, documentation or
processing fees, other state and governmental charges and/or fees, or any
other charges or fees allowed by law. Your actual savings may vary based on
multiple factors including the vehicle you select, region, dealer, and
applicable manufacturer incentives. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
(MSRP) is determined by the manufacturer, and may not reflect the price at
which vehicles are generally sold in the dealer¹s trade area as not all
vehicles are sold at MSRP. Each dealer sets its own pricing. Your actual
purchase price is negotiated between you and the dealer.

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