7 cool, yet sensible, new rides to take to college

2012 Hyundai Tucson GLS

Price: $23,120

Mileage: 22 mpg city/32 highway/25 combined

We wanted to put something other than a car on our list, and the Tucson won out. It meets all of our qualifiers, which is tough for a crossover. Under the hood is a 176-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine bolted to a six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission. Tucson has the most cargo space of any of our favorites. Another plus is its higher seating position, which provides for good visibility. The Tucson GLS comes with remote keyless entry, trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity and iPod interface.