- 1Up 7Down 3Pop the decklid release of this family sedan’s keyless entry fob and behold the ballroom known as the trunk of the Ford Taurus. Offering 20.1 cubic-feet of space, it’s among the most generous of any sedan, and it’s deep enough to hold a full-size stroller lengthwise. You’ll also be impressed by the amount of space in the rear seat, which is enough to keep two cranky toddlers from incessantly poking each other.
- 2Up 5Down 4The old adage is that you get what you pay for. In terms of affordable crossover SUVs, this used to be true, as car manufacturers used to adhere to the rule that the smaller the vehicle, the cheaper it is. But the great thing about the Hyundai Santa Fe is that you’re paying a small CUV price for what is essentially a midsize CUV.
- 3Up 5Down 6You might think that this Chevy is just another crossover SUV, but one look at its cargo carrying capability will prove your dismissive leanings misplaced.
- 4Up 3Down 5We like to call the Toyota Avalon the stealth fighter, because underneath its rather vanilla sheet metal rests a supremely competent people mover. While it’s not the most glamorous of sedans, its excellent levels of refinement, fit and finish and easy-to-use controls inspire warm feelings of affection over time that flashiness simply can’t sustain.
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VW Jetta Sportwagen TDIThis may be the surprise entry of the group, as most people think of the Jetta as the sassy, stylish and small car driven by the cool girls on campus. But that demographic has grown up, and so have the dimensions of the car.
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