Hatchbacks, Wagons, and a Sedan That Are More Practical Than You Think
Crossovers are hot sellers today, but they’re not always the right solution for hauling around everything from kids to cargo. In some cases, hatchbacks and sedans are still better packaged than high-riding crossovers — keep reading for 11 cars that debunk the idea that crossovers are always more practical and better at hauling any mix of people and cargo.
A fun-to-drive hybrid with a maximum cargo capacity of 52.6 cubic feet with the second row folded (or 42.8 cubic feet in Energi plug-in form)? Yep. The Ford C-Max proves you can have an entertaining daily driver that also carries all of your gear.
Kia‘s compact hatchback, the Forte5 is more spacious than you’d expect. Featuring 56.4 cubic feet of usable cargo space with the second row folded, the Forte5’s cargo capacity surpasses that of some similarly priced subcompact crossovers.
The only sedan on this list, the Hyundai Sonata offers more practicality than some rivals due to its sizable 16.3-cubic-foot trunk (in non-hybrid models), spacious accommodations, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. This midsize sedan could be good for road trips because you won’t need to leave anything (or anyone) behind.
Although the Fiat 500L is about the same size as a typical compact car, the high-roofed hatch offers rear seats that split, fold, and tumble forward to maximize its 68.0 cubic-feet of cargo space too. Just make sure you can get past the polarizing exterior design.
For consumers who find the regular Prius not big enough, Toyota has a solution for their needs in the form of the Prius V, a high roofed wagon with a maximum cargo capacity of 67.3 cubic feet. With an EPA fuel economy rating of 43/39 mpg city/highway for the 2017 model year, the Prius V will go the distance, meaning you won’t have to visit the gas station as often on your long drives.
BMW 3 Series Wagon
Proof that you can have nearly everything, the BMW 3 Series wagon puts the fun back in functional and gives you plenty of versatility. Available with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4 in the 328d or a new 2.0-liter gas turbo-four in the all-wheel-drive 330i xDrive, the 3 Series wagon lets you haul your gear and your family without disappointing your inner driving enthusiast.
A new Subaru Impreza arrives for 2017 and like the car it replaces, the hatchback variant promises to be practical and functional. This time around, the Impreza will come with the new generation of Subaru‘s Starlink multimedia system and more active safety tech.
Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
Currently one of few mainstream wagons left, the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen suggests that crossovers aren’t always the answer. Featuring a maximum cargo capacity of 66.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded and spacious accommodations for four when they aren’t, the Golf SportWagen is one of the best haulers for the crossover-averse.
Despite its diminutive size, the Honda Fit subcompact hatch can swallow a surprising amount cargo with or without rear passengers thanks to the so-called Magic Seats in the second row, the car’s interior provides exceptional functionality.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon
Thanks to large cargo area and plenty of passenger space, the E-Class wagon ensures you’ve got room for the clan and all their gear. A new E-Class wagon arrives in 2017 with a 329-hp twin-turbo V-6 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Tesla Model S
Thanks to its front cargo area and a large hatch, the Tesla Model S is actually very practical for an executive car. Flat pack furniture, people, gear, or any mix of the three will fit with ease.