2010 Toyota Prius Hatchback IV 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
This is the best commuter car out there. The cost is comparable to most normal sedans, but this does so much more than they can. The gas mileage is the main reason you buy one. We drive ours just like a normal car (we dont try to drive slow to save fuel or anything) and we still average 48 mpg. The hatch feature is nice with the folding back seats, and the interior is extremely functional. It's definitely quirky and not your typical sedan interior, but I love it. Lots of storage and all of the controls are right where you'd want them to be. Also, this is the easiest car to park we've ever driven. Yes, its not the fastest car in the world, but it does get up and move. You can keep up with traffic easily, even on Texas interstates where the speed limit is 80.
2010 Toyota Prius Hatchback II 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Purchased a 2010 to replace a 2008 that we loved. The '10 is an improvement on an already good thing. More comfortable with height adjustable drivers seat. Seat position relative to steering wheel feels right; it felt 'off' in the '08. Combined with wrap around dash/center console, it feels very sporty and comfortable. Engine performance is improved. More power with less noise and improved mpg (52 vs 47). Oil changes a bit of hassle as a plastic underbody shield has to be removed. Special wrench needed to remove oil filter housing. Shield has to be removed to change trans fluid and coolant. Otherwise, trans fluid is straight forward like '08. Coolant can be changed and bled easily by DIYer.