Let the sun shine in

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen 2.5 SE w/Sunroof

Price: $26,990

The Sportwagen may not look as sharp as a couple of the coupes on our list, but it's the perfect ride for anyone who wants a lot of cargo-carrying capacity. It has more room behind the second-row seat than the Ford Edge, a much larger crossover. You won't need to work very hard to figure out which version of the Sportwagen has the panoramic roof. "2.5 SE w/Sunroof" is the actual model name. Five people fit comfortably in the Sportwagen's well-appointed cabin. Although a high-mileage diesel is available, we picked the gasoline-powered version with its 170-horsepower 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission because it costs less. Besides, it's still EPA rated for 26 mpg in combined city and highway driving. It may not be hot looking, but you can't deny its utility.