The 2011 Hyundai Sonata , acclaimed for its modern approach to the traditional midsize sedan segment, made the Forbes list of this years Best Cars for Commuters. Forbes recognizes Sonatas fuel efficiency, reliability and space to get drivers through daily commutes with ease.

More than 42 million Americans spend at least 30 minutes in the car on their morning commutes. Seven million spend over an hour, said Forbes auto reporter, Hannah Elliot. For that kind of time spent in traffic, it pays to have a reliable car: something spacious enough for comfort, small enough to get good gas mileage and durable enough to withstand the occasional fender-bender. This year mid-size sedans like the $19,395 Hyundai Sonata are best for surviving the slog.

The 2011 Sonata is a smart buy for commuters looking for class-leading comfort, a large interior and advanced standard safety technologies, said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. Couple that with a four-cylinder engine producing impressive fuel economy with the power of a larger V6, and the Sonata is the perfect mid-size sedan choice for drivers commuting to work.

To compile the list, Forbes started with new vehicles listed as Consumer Reports Recommended Picks for 2011. Recommended Picks are models that have average or better predicted reliability and that meet Consumer Reports’ safety standards and have performed well in accelerating, braking, handling, comfort and other user-oriented tests. Of these vehicles, the 11 with the best combination of highway fuel efficiency, legroom and headroom made the list. For more information about the Best Cars for Commuters from Forbes, visit

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