2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
Starting price: $25,540
Top: Available panoramic sunroof
MPG: 30 city, 42 highway, 34 combined
Hmm. Superb fuel economy, comfortable seating for five, a smooth ride and nearly 70 cubic feet of maximum storage? That sounds like a road trip waiting to happen.

"Room for the entire family or up to 69 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded," Schaffels says. "With the 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that promises 42 miles per gallon, you can travel 600 miles on just one tank of diesel."

That panoramic sliding sunroof tacks a bit onto the starting price, but starts over the front seats and extends nearly into the wayback. With VW already loading up the TDI with throw-ins such as a 10-speaker touchscreen sound system with six-disc CD changer, Sirius XM ( SIRI) satellite radio and an MP3 player attachment, the only thing missing is the destination.

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