If You Can Just Have a Single Car, One of these 7 Would be a Good Choice
Updated May 19, 2018
You get the big job. You move to the city. You buy a condo but find you have just one parking spot. Here’s a list of 7 cars that’ll meet your driving needs.
Left to my own devices, I think I’d pick at 1964 Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire – you know, the one with the sliding roof. However, the lack of proper safety features like crumple zones and air bags, and emissions controls would keep me from using the Stude on a regular basis. In that case, I’d select one of these cars:
BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon
The BMW 3 Series has been and continues to be the standard by which consumers, auto journalists, and car companies themselves judge the driver-vehicle interface. So its credentials as a sports sedan are well established. What is rarely considered is its ability to be a cargo hauler, when in Sports Wagon form. It features 53 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats flopped forward, powered by a 230 hp turbo four which also delivers 43 mpg on the highway.
The Ford Flex is an odd vehicle that’s never really found a niche – except for perhaps this one. Based on a concept vehicle from 2005, the design was raved about by consumers and the media, but when it was put in production, no one took much notice. In 2010 Ford added the option of the twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that produced 335 hp. Still no one noticed. Ford’s calling it a CrossOver now. We call it a big, square, comfortable, useful, and fast station wagon and that should be enough.
Range Rover Evoque
While the Range Rover Evoque may look small from the outside (especially compared to its brethren), inside the British crossover can accommodate 51 cubic feet of storage with the rear seat flat (5 door version, I should add). Plus you get all those cool capabilities that have descended from the original Land Rover, the ability to ford an almost 20′ deep stream and an impressive 22 degree ramp angle clearance.
Nissan Juke NISMO RS
Nissan’s amusing little CrossOver as trucked out by the company’s go-fast division offers the same versatility as a garden-variety Juke, but with a 1.6 L turbocharged four cylinder producing an impressive 215 hp. And despite its diminutive proportions, the Juke NISMO RS can handle just a pinch short of 40 cubic feet of storage space (rear seats down). Best of all, front seat occupants get to ride in honest-to-goodness NISMO-badged Recaro seats.
Subaru WRX STI Hatchback
Oooops. For whatever reason, Subaru decided not to offer the 5 door for 2016 though you may still find some 2015s left on the lot (that’s a photo of a 2015 below). The 5 door had all the usual AWD goodness of a regular WRX with the advantage of an enlarged cargo area. In fact, with the rear seats up, the cargo area is an impressive 22.5 cubic feet, with the rear seats down it’s a cavernous 52.4 cubic feet. Look for a five door WRX to return, hopefully, as a 2017.
Ford Edge Sport
I know, another Ford powered by the turbocharged EcoBoost V6. But unlike the Ford Flex, the Ford Edge is a vehicle that the crowd embraced – it could have served as the standardized blueprint for a CrossOver. We like the Ford Flex Sport equipped with a handling package that flattens the curves a bit, and with its rear seats lowered, it can swallow 38.2 cubic feet of cargo, that with the rear seat up!
Audi A7 Sportback
The Audi A7 is like the Swiss Army Knife of cars. Its design is as sleek as any coupe on the road, yet it’s a four-door sedan that can actually accommodate four adults comfortably. As almost a bonus, there’s no trunk lid but a cleverly integrated hatchback that makes accessing luggage a breeze. The sole powertrain available is a 333 hp 3.0 L supercharged V6, with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, but a hybrid drivetrain may soon be available.