7 Spacious Rides Under $20K

  • Spacious rides under $20k? Oh yeah.

    Sure, it would be great if you could squeeze your whole family into a Smart Car, but that's just not realistic for some people. So what are your options? MainStreet looked at cars that can seat at least five people comfortably and found you seven great options. Let’s take a look at a few of the most spacious and well-designed cars available new for under $20,000. Photo Credit: Hyundai Motor America
    1: Suzuki SX4 Crossover
  • 1: Suzuki SX4 Crossover

    This wicked ride, described as a "five-door wagon," has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) from $13,299 to $18,799. Fuel efficiency: 28 mpg highway, 21 mpg city. Seating capacity: Five people. Drawback: Could reportedly perform better on "badly rutted or potholed roads." Best perk: Great styling and solid safety rating (four stars in NHTSA frontal crash test). Photo Credit: Suzuki
    2: Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
  • 2: Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

    The Jetta is a tried and true model which has an MSRP starting at $19,075. It is described as "the least expensive German sedan/wagon in the North American market, available in sedan or wagon bodystyles." Fuel efficiency: 30 mpg highway, 21 mpg city. Seating capacity: Five people. Drawback: Those accustomed to its old styling will be shocked. "For 2010, the wagon gets a new look both inside and out. New headlights, hood grille, bumpers, fenders, wheels, interior door panels, steering wheel, instrument cluster and fabrics," AOL Autos reports. Best perk: German engineering and a fun, youthful design. Photo Credit: Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    3: Ford Fusion
  • 3: Ford Fusion

    This sleek sedan model has been described in glowing terms: "Attractive and purposeful, the redesigned 2010 Ford Fusion is an excellent choice among midsize sedans." MSRP begins at $19,620. Fuel efficiency: 31 mpg highway, 22 mpg city. Seating capacity: Five people. Drawback: Ford isn't seen as the most "luxurious" automotive brand, but you'll be buyin' American and doing your part. U-S-A! Best perk: Five star NHTSA frontal crash test rating plus "redesigned interior and exterior, and improved drivetrain." Photo Credit: Ford Motor Co.
    4: Dodge Caliber
  • 4: Dodge Caliber

    "The Dodge Caliber is a fun, well-rounded package, combining the versatility of a sport utility vehicle with the value and fuel-efficiency of a compact car," writes AOL Autos. MSRP starts at just $16,460 for this spacious, reliable ride. Fuel efficiency: 30 mpg highway, 24 mpg city. Seating capacity: Five people. Drawback: The oversized halogen headlamps may be a turn-off for those in search of a car with more subtle styling. Best perk: The Caliber sports nifty "stain repel cloth" on seats, keeping your seats "like-new" in texture and color even after repeated soda spills. Photo Credit: Chrysler Group LLC
    5: Mazda 5
  • 5: Mazda 5

    This crossover can supposedly seat up to six passengers and also has two rows of folding seats, making it handy for hauling a Christmas tree, small furniture, etc. MSRP starts at a reasonable $17,995. Fuel efficiency: 28 mpg highway, 22 mpg city. Seating capacity: Six people. Drawback: Despite its ultra efficient use of space, some may find the MAZDA5 too "mousy" looking. It lacks the bravado and bold lines of the Dodge Caliber or Suzuki SX4. Best perk: The MAZDA5 is "basically a mini-minivan, with sliding doors and a vertical liftgate out back, in addition to styling reminiscent of [a] minivan," according to AOL Autos. Photo Credit: Mazda Motor Of America, Inc.
    6: Hyundai Elantra Touring
  • 6: Hyundai Elantra Touring

    MSRP starts at $15,995 for the 2010 Elantra Touring wagon. According to a report by AOL, "The Hyundai Elantra Touring is a sporty and practical variant of the popular Elantra sedan. The Touring is based on the European i30, hence its handsome styling." If last year's model is any indication, it's also a great value: USA Today said the '09 version "could be the best auto bargain going." Fuel efficiency: 31 mpg highway, 23 mpg city. Seating capacity: Five people. Drawback: May not be enough power for some speed demons; comes with a "138-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine." Best perk: Impressive standard features line-up: "air conditioning, power windows, locks and heated mirrors, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs, and a tilt steering wheel with audio controls." Photo Credit: Hyundai Motor America
    7: Extreme spaciousness
  • 7: Extreme spaciousness

    If you're thinking way outside the box, you could always bid on a lightly used (pre-owned?) Chevrolet P30 diesel bus. This one is at $2,000 when we last checked. It's an automatic transmission, has only 108,404 miles on it, and is certain to be something of a conversation starter. Plus, with its severe lines and bright yellow, it will command serious respect on the road.
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