Though SUVs generally have more cargo space than cars, you have a lot of options if you’re shopping for a midsize car with enough room to haul your family’s gear. With the summer road trip season upon us, here are five affordable midsize cars with trunks big enough for all your luggage and vacation souvenirs.
The 2014 Sonata has the biggest trunk of non-hybrid cars in the affordable midsize car class at 16.4 cubic feet of space. Though there are some very good 2014 Hyundai Sonata deals this month, the fully redesigned 2015 Sonata recently hit dealerships and only has a slightly smaller trunk at 16.3 cubic feet of room.
Chevrolet updated the exterior and interior styling of the Malibu for 2014, and with 16.3 cubic feet of space, it has the second largest trunk in the class. Chevrolet’s MyLink system can help you navigate your summer road trip with OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation, 2D and 3D maps, points of interest and SiriusXM NavTraffic.
The 2014 Ford Fusion has 16 cubic feet of trunk space, and automotive reviewers think the Fusion’s back seat is quite large. They also praise the Fusion’s athletic handling and powerful available turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The 2014 Fusion is also available with all-wheel drive, which could help give you more traction if you encounter rain-slicked roads on your summer trip.
The Chrysler 200 is fully redesigned for 2015, and like the Fusion, it has 16 cubic feet of cargo space. The 200 is available with Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system, which has an 8.4-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker Alpine audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio and Bluetooth. Drivers can use voice commands to control the navigation system, and you can pair your smartphone with Uconnect Access to get fuel price information so you know where to fill up during your road trip.
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The 2014 VW Passat has a generously sized trunk with 15.9 cubic feet of room. Good fuel economy is essential for summer road trips, and the 2014 Passat is available with a turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that gets excellent fuel economy ratings of up to 43 mpg on the highway. If you hate stopping for fuel, the Passat TDI with an automatic can go 629 miles on a tank of diesel, according to the EPA. You can go even further if you choose the manual transmission Passat TDI, which can travel 648 miles.