If you’re interested in buying a car that has greater utility than a sedan but you don’t want to get a station wagon–or a hatchback, crossover SUV, or minivan, here is a list of 5 alternatives for you to consider, vehicles that don’t fall cleanly into any specific category. Some are available with all-wheel drive, and all possess extra room for people and stuff in a unique package.
2014 Buick Encore
Based on the same platform and power train as the Chevrolet Sonic, the Buick Encore is a small, upscale, 5-passenger vehicle billed as a crossover SUV. All-wheel drive is an option for the Encore, but this vehicle isn’t designed for traveling anywhere off the pavement aside from a gravel driveway. Some of the features of this model are; 138-horsepower, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, 18.8 cu. ft. of cargo space behind rear seats, 48.4 cu. ft. of cargo space behind front seats and an EPA-rated 26-28 mpg in combined driving.
2014 Fiat 500L
Don’t confuse the Fiat 500L with a standard Fiat 500 model. Unlike the regular version, the 500L is able to comfortably seat 5 people and carry a great deal of cargo. The same turbocharged 4-cylinder engine from the 500 Abarth performance model is installed under the hood, and the 500L is offered in a variety of trim levels and color schemes. Other features include; 21.3 cu. ft. of cargo space behind rear seats, 59.7 cu. ft. of cargo space behind front seats and an EPA-rated 27-28 mpg in combined driving.
2014 Ford Flex
Built on the same platform and employing the same power trains as the Ford Taurus, the Ford Flex is essentially a spiritual successor to the iconic Ford Country Squire station wagon of the 1960s and 1970s. All it lacks is fake wood paneling on the sides. Available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and a choice between a standard V-6 or optional turbocharged V-6 engine, the Flex even has a third-row seat for 7-passenger capacity.
2014 Honda Crosstour
The Honda Cross tour is based on the previous-generation Honda Accord, equipped with different exterior styling, a fastback roofline, and a raised ride height. Buyers select between a 4-cylinder or a V-6 engine, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and cloth vs. leather seats. Honda markets the Crosstour as a crossover SUV.
2014 Kia Soul
Kia has completely redesigned the Soul, a segment-defying 5-passenger vehicle equipped with a low price, long warranty, lots of space, and plenty of personality. All Souls are front-wheel drive, powered by a choice between two engines paired with a manual or automatic transmission. Cargo space ranges depending on whether or not you’re including the storage compartment under the trunk floor.