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2012 Chevrolet Cruze

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: $16,800

The typical commute may take less than half an hour, but many of them are anything but average. Everything from highway construction to slower cars in the left lane can make the journey longer than the motorist bargained for. With that in mind, the motorist’s car had better be comfortable.

“The Cruze proves how far Chevrolet has come in the small-car market, as it offers refined drivetrains and a roomy, comfortable cabin,” Brauer said. “It can also be ordered with a wide range of luxury options like leather, navigation and a nine-speaker audio system.”