AAA Auto Buying Experts Select Top Vehicles For Commuters

          AAA Auto Buying Experts Select Top Vehicles For Commuters

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

PR Newswire

AURORA, Ill., March 26, 2013

AURORA, Ill., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicagoland motorists are no
strangers to congestion, long commutes and high gas prices. With peak commute
times of 44 minutes* each way and gas prices hovering about $4.00 per gallon,
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.


"Commuters in the Chicagoland area are spending several hours every week in
their vehicle to get to and from work," says Beth Mosher, AAA Chicago
spokesperson. "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

  oChevrolet 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*.
  oToyota 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*.
  oVolkswagen 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*.


  oAudi 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*.
  oBuick 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*.
  oFord 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*.
  oHyundai 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*.
  oNissan 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*.


  oFord 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
  oToyota 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**.


  oHonda 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 form 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
hereto access information on the go. Photos of the vehicles are available for
download at the AAA Newsroom.

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.

*According to the Texas Transportation Institute's 2012 Urban Mobility Report.
Travel time during the typical weekday peak period for people who commute in
private vehicles in the urban area

**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
(³MSRP²) 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.


Contact: Beth Mosher, AAA, +1-630-328-7234, +1-630-327-8888 (cell)
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