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    Advertising has been remarkably effective at convincing consumers that  SUVs and Crossovers are the vehicle of choice for families that need versatility. In commercials, we often see SUV owners loading up with all kinds of cargo, driving through the woods and buckling up their families in a roomy backseat.

    Most SUVs do come with a lot of cargo space, passenger room and are well-suited to tackling different climates and driving styles.

    But they're not the only type of vehicle capable of doing so. Hatchbacks,  minivans and even some  sedans offer high levels of versatility as well, often with better fuel economy and lower starting prices.

    Here are some of our favorite versatile non-SUVs. They're  fuel efficient, fun, roomy, affordable and can handle a wide variety of lifestyles.
  • Dodge Grand Caravan
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    Dodge Grand Caravan

    MSRP: $19,995 - $29,995
    Invoice: $19,745 - $28,545
    Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway

    Minivans are inherently versatile vehicles, but the Dodge Grand Caravan receives special mention because of its stellar Stow 'n Go seats. Instead of having to fumble around while removing the second and third row seats, Grand Caravan owners can simply fold them into the floor, creating tons of room for basically any form of cargo you can imagine.

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  • Mazda5
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    Mazda5

    MSRP: $19,940 - $24,470
    Invoice: $19,073 - $23,401
    Fuel Economy: 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway

    Technically, this is a subcompact crossover, which is sort of breaking the no-SUV rule for this gallery. But, come on. If you asked around, 99 percent of people would say the Mazda5 is a minivan. The Mazda5 is a little smaller than other minivans, but it still has a lot of room and, thus versatility. It is also remarkably enjoyable to drive, making trips to Home Depot and the grocery store pretty darn fun.

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  • Subaru Impreza
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    Subaru Impreza

    MSRP: $17,895 - $22,995
    Invoice: $17,104 - $21,792
    Fuel Economy: 25 mpg city, 34 mpg highway

    With a great all-wheel drive system and a nice, big rear hatch, the  Impreza offers versatility for almost every climate and lifestyle. Subaru isn't known for their interiors and the Impreza leaves something to be desired on the inside. But, all in all, car shoppers looking for something small that can handle almost everything you throw at it would be well served to give this  hatchback a shot.

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  • Honda Fit
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    Honda Fit

    MSRP: $15,425 - $17,160
    Invoice: $15,023 - $16,704
    Fuel Economy: 27 mpg city, 33 mpg highway

    Honda engineers and designers seem to somehow eschew physics and create these big cavernous interiors and cargo areas in smaller vehicles like the CR-V and Fit. The Honda Fit is a favorite vehicle of car shoppers and critics alike. It's reliable, fuel efficient and a family of four can easily be comfortable inside. The fact that it can be had for well under $20,000 is icing on the cake.

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  • Toyota Prius v
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    Toyota Prius v

    Sticker Price: $26,750 - $30,395
    Invoice Price: $24,902 - $28,295
    Fuel Economy: 44 mpg city, 40 mpg highway

    The Toyota Prius v is one of those cars that can save you both time and money. With its large cargo area and roomy interior, you don't have to worry about taking multiple trips to get your shopping done. And with its stellar 44 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, you're not going to be paying to fill up very often either.

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  • Ford Focus ST
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    Ford Focus ST

    Sticker Price: $24,115
    Invoice Price: $22,486
    Fuel Economy: 23 mpg city, 32 mpg highway

    The Ford Focus ST is fast, fun and functional (not to mention alliterative). Its 2.0L turbocharged engine and sporty handling dynamics make this car an absolute blast to drive and its large cargo area gives it versatility. The unsung feature of the Focus ST, though, is its fuel economy. It's one of the few sports cars you can buy that will exceed 30 mpg.

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  • Mazda3
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    Mazda3

    Sticker Price: $16,945 - $26,495
    Invoice Price: $16,464 - $25,335
    Fuel Economy: 29 mpg city, 41 mpg highway

    The redesigned Mazda3 is arguably the most attractive hatchback on the market right now. Its sharp looks are combined with Mazda's classic sporty driving dynamics, remarkable fuel economy and large storage space to create one of the best packages you can buy.

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  • Audi allroad
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    Audi allroad

    Sticker Price: $40,700
    Invoice Price: $37,852
    Fuel Economy: 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway

    All-wheel drive? Check. Luxurious interior? Check. Sporty driving dynamics, great looks and a big cargo area? Check, check, check. The  Audi allroad is a fantastic alternative to a luxury SUV if you're looking for something that will achieve better fuel economy and give you a bit of a thrill on the road.

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  • Ford Fusion
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    Ford Fusion

    Sticker Price: $21,900 - $32,500
    Invoice Price: $20,422 - $29,981
    Fuel Economy: 22 mpg city, 34 mpg highway

    The handsome Ford Fusion is a versatile family sedan. It is somewhat lacking when it comes to storage capacity, especially when you compare it to some of the hatchbacks and wagons on this list, but it's still quite roomy and comfortable on the inside. Its fuel efficiency and available all-wheel drive system make it great for road trips and inclement weather, as well.

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