Not wanting to confuse anyone here, but please keep in mind that there are sub-versions of the Commuter series, such as my 2013 Commuter 1 XmS which has a three speed Nexus internal gear hub, and peculiarly comes without the standard rear rack which is found throughout the Commuter series.
Aside from the difference in the drive-train components, I can honestly say that for it's price, the Commuter 1 has proven itself in the last 8 months with daily 18+ mile commutes, and a few longer rides up to around 30 miles, this hauling my bulky 275 lbs torso along with 10-15 lbs of stuff in the pannier which is significantly more on Mondays and Fridays (work clothes!).
So far, the only thing I had to change on the bike was the rims & spokes since the original single walled Alex R1000's never really failed but kept on needing trueing and were definitely not built for my weight. It's also about time to change the original brake pads since the Tektro pads weren't that great to begin with.
If you decide to get a Commuter, I highly recommend seeing one up close since the bike I got (lightly used) had a slightly smaller frame, even though on paper it was a supposed to be a good fit.
Feel free to ask or send a PM if you need any additional info.