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They Aren't Minivans

General Motors North America Vice President Susan Docherty unveils the 2010 GMC Terrain at the 2009 New York Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, New York.

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If you've been reading this whole list you've probably noticed that all the benefits of a crossover are also benefits of minivans. Minivans have lots of cargo room, smooth rides, and if you need a fuel-efficient way to transport seven people, a minivan is tough to beat.

But minivans are still minivans. As practical as they are, they're the butt of jokes and nothing screams "mom jeans" or "dorky dad" like a minivan. For a lot of people, that's just fine. But if you don't want to put up with all the baggage that comes with driving a minivan, a crossover is a good way to get the practicality you need and the style you want.

Another point crossovers have over minivans is size. If you don't need to carry more than five, you can go for a small crossover like a GMC Terrain or Honda CR-V. But minivans pretty much just come in one size. That large size is great for cruising with a crowd, but can be a lot to deal with for commuting and parking in small downtown garages. A small crossover is not only spacious for people and luggage, good on gas and smooth, but it also can be easier to live with day-to-day if you don't need the space of a minivan.

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