You Can Fit More Junk in Your Trunk

Mitsubishi's all-new Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) sits on display during Mitsubishi's press event at the New York International Auto Show at the Javits Center in New York City.

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Crossovers car SUV bodies on car platforms. So they ride and drive like cars, but have the space of SUVs. That's especially noticeable when it comes to cargo space.

Let's compare the Honda Accord and the Honda CR-V. The Accord starts at $21,380 and the CR-V starts at $21,895. So, the CR-V is a bit more expensive, but it has 35.7 cubic feet of cargo space. That's more than twice as much space as the Accord's 14.7 cubic feet. And yes, the CR-V's 21/28 miles per gallon (8.9/11.9 kilometers per liter) city/highway fuel economy rating is a bit less than the Accord's 23/34 miles per gallon (9.8/14.5 kilometers per liter), but let's do some more comparisons. If you were to take an SUV like the Honda Pilot, you'd pay $28,320 to buy it and get just 17/23 miles per gallon (7.2/9.8 kilometers per liter). Though you'd have seats for eight people, cargo space actually suffers with that arrangement. Behind the Pilot's cramped third row is just 18 cubic feet of cargo space. When it comes to choosing a roadtrip car, it pays to be like Goldilocks. The Accord is too small, the Pilot is too big and the CR-V is just right.