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8 Versatile Vehicles You've Got to See


PUBLISHED THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2021

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Multi-functioning cars for easy living.

Finding a vehicle that's got you covered, no matter the task, can take the stress out of everyday driving. When you’re choosing between hatchbacks, an SUV, a people carrier, or a truck, it's helpful to know which vehicles offer the most multifunctional capability.

If you're looking for changeable passenger configurations, flexible cargo capacity, or other helpful features that fit your needs, check out our list of eight versatile vehicles for busy families, solo entrepreneurs, young professionals, and anyone else with a work-hard, play-hard attitude.

Urban Champions

If your daily driving takes you into urban areas, a compact sedan or hatchback may serve you well. With a vehicle that's comfortable and filled with the latest features, traffic-filled commutes can be more relaxed, and parking can be a breeze.

Whether you're shopping solo, as a couple, or with your family in mind, versatility is a must. If you need to help a friend move across town, transport your pet, or stock up on groceries, consider one of these versatile urban vehicles.

Mini Cooper Clubman

Mini Cooper Clubman

The 2017-2019 four-door Mini Cooper Clubman has the style of the compact original with some grown-up features that make it a desirable choice for an urban lifestyle. The classy five-passenger interior is spacious, featuring well-placed cup holders and deep door bins.

The 2017-2019 Clubman has 50/50 split, easy-open rear doors that reveal 17.5 cu ft of fixed cargo space and hidden underfloor storage. The standard 60/40 split rear seats fold all the way down, giving the 2017-2019 Clubman a flat-load floor with an impressive 47.9 cu ft of cargo space—useful for just about any hauling tasks that come your way.

Standard features of the 2017-2019 Mini Cooper Clubman include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • 6.5-inch display screen

  • Automatic headlights and wipers

  • Height-adjustable front seats

Honda Fit

Honda Fit

The 2017-2019 Honda Fit's compact size and adaptable cabin make it ideally suited to urban streets. And with a multi-angle rearview camera as standard, you can comfortably maneuver and park in the busiest of locations. The generous interior will please your passengers, with 41.4 inches of legroom in the front and 39.3 inches in the rear.

For tall items, the 2017-2019 Fit's multiple cargo configurations—with Honda's second-row Magic Seat® technology—will come in handy. Flip the rear-row seat cushions up to create a deep cargo well behind the front row. This makes picking up flourishing climber plants from the nursery an easy job for the Honda Fit. The 60/40 split rear row also folds flat, creating a 52.7 cu-ft cargo area in 2017-2019 models. Long items will also fit, as the front passenger seat fully reclines, so packing your surfboards (up to 7.9 feet in length) for the beach is possible, too.

Standard features of the 2017-2019 Honda Fit LX base trim include:

  • Infotainment display screen

  • Cruise control

  • Rearview camera

  • Bluetooth® connectivity

Double-Duty SUVs

If you're looking for a vehicle that's equipped for modern life, you need one that's confident when commuting and comfortable for social commitments. And if you also like spending your weekends exploring mountain trails and finding the perfect place to camp out under the stars, an SUV has you covered. Taking care of business—and pleasure—is what an SUV does best. Here are two versatile, double-duty SUVs to consider.

Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

For an upscale start to your day, take a look at the three-row, seven-seat 2017-2019 Ford Explorer. Its five trim levels and available all-wheel drive (standard on higher trims) ensure the Explorer you choose will feel personal to you. Plus, you'll find plenty of cargo space on every trim. The 2017-2019 Explorer has 81.7 cu ft of cargo space behind the front row, 43.9 cu ft behind the second row, and 21.0 cu ft behind the third-row seats. A hands-free, foot-activated liftgate is standard on the top three trims.

The 2017-2019 Explorer Limited and higher trims have the most accessible seating configurations. The second row has optional power-folding captain's chairs, reducing seating capacity to six, and standard PowerFold® third-row seats that can stow into the floor at the touch of a button.

If you're looking to accelerate into the weekend, the Explorer Sport trim is confident in all conditions, thanks to a sport-tuned suspension and Ford's Terrain Management System.

All 2017-2019 Ford Explorer base trim models feature:

  • Hill start assist

  • Smart-charging USB port

  • Six-speaker sound system

  • 10 cup holders

  • Cruise control

GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia

The GMC Acadia is a feature-rich SUV that's filled with modern tech and flexible configurations. With multiple trim levels and high-end features across 2017-2019 models, the Acadia is an excellent companion for life's adventures.

Standard seating capacity for the 2017-2019 Acadia base trim is seven, but the captain's chairs that come standard on all other trims reduce capacity to six. Loading up this SUV is super-quick, as the 2017-2019 Acadia's second row has GMC Smart Slide® functionality, providing easy flip-forward access to the third-row seats.

If you want to haul cargo, the rear rows of the six-seat Acadia can be flipped down via one-touch levers. This creates a cavernous 79.0 cu ft of storage, with the additional benefit of underfloor storage in the fixed cargo area.

All 2017-2019 GMC Acadia base trim SL models feature:

  • Bluetooth capability

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration

  • Seven-inch color touchscreen

Multigenerational Travel

When your daily driving includes trips and errands with family or friends, making life as easy as possible may be at the top of your vehicle shopping list. A multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) that boasts interior versatility and impeccable road manners could be just what you're looking for. With high-end comforts that can impress grandparents and easy-access seating for the whole family, all-action MPVs are made to handle hectic schedules. Check out these two versatile vehicles for multigenerational travel.

Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica

The Chrysler Pacifica debuted in 2017 and hit the ground running. This is a stylish and well-appointed MPV that offers something for just about everyone. There's even a Pacifica Hybrid (2017-2019) that may suit your green-conscious lifestyle.

Rear sliding doors reveal a spacious cabin with seating for up to eight passengers, with an abundance of ambient light, available Easy Tilt second-row seats, and plenty of storage, including underfloor bins.

In its optional eight-seat configuration, the 2018-2020 Pacifica has a fully removable second-row middle seat. The second-row outboard seats (gas models only) and the entire third row have Stow 'n Go® capability, folding all five seats into the floor in a matter of minutes. This switch-up reveals an expansive 140.5 cu ft of rear cargo volume behind the first row. And the versatility doesn't stop there. By folding away (or removing) the second- and third-row seats, you can configure your Pacifica your way.

Standard features of the 2018-2020 Chrysler Pacifica include:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration

  • Rearview camera

  • Blind-spot monitoring

Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey

The innovative 2018-2020 Honda Odyssey minivan is ideal for young families needing multiple spots for car seats, but the adaptable interior means it can do so much more. Shop for the 2018-2020 Odyssey in the EX trim and higher for eight-passenger seating. The second row has a fully removable middle seat, while the two outboard seats have Honda's Magic Slide® functionality. This allows them to slide forward, back, and laterally for passenger comfort and easy third-row access.

The 2018-2020 Honda Odyssey offers a spacious cargo area for hauling too, with 155.8 cu ft behind the front row. The fixed storage behind the third row extends your storage options or allows you to fold the 60/40 third row flat into the floor. With so much flexibility, the Odyssey can handle almost any trip you have planned. Plus, the 2018-2020 Odyssey makes comfort a priority, with all three rows suitable for adults, and six trim levels to choose from.

Standard features of the 2018-2020 Honda Odyssey LX base trim include:

  • Rearview camera

  • Five-inch display screen

  • Automatic climate control

  • Bluetooth functionality

  • Seven-speaker audio system

Trucks for Work and Play

If you work outdoors or across multiple locations, your truck has to play several roles in order to meet expectations. High-end comfort and conveniences can take the edge off a hard day and also impress your family and friends. Package that up with some sensible storage and practical working features, and your workday (and weekends) can feel easier and more efficient. Take a look at two versatile trucks made for work and play.

GMC Sierra 1500

GMC Sierra 1500

If you're looking for a practical truck with plenty of finesse, consider the 2016-2019 GMC Sierra 1500. With three cab sizes, three box lengths, and up to six trim levels, you can shop for a Sierra 1500 that suits your needs. The standard 6.7-foot box bed is available with all three cab sizes (6.5-foot for 2016-2017 models), with shorter and longer versions available, depending on your cab requirements.

The fourth-generation 2019 Sierra Denali trim has a great feature professionals will love—the MultiPro tailgate features six different tailgate configurations and a second inner gate. The MultiPro tailgate can become a wide drop-down step, a bed-lengthening stop plate, or a fold-down work table. It even facilitates bilateral split-level storage.

Standard features on 2018-2019 GMC Sierra 1500 base-trim models include:

  • Rearview camera

  • Cruise control

  • Seven-inch touchscreen

  • Six-speaker sound system

Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet Colorado

If you divide your time between an urban office and rural work sites, the Chevrolet Colorado can serve you well in each locale. Slimmer than a full-size pickup (just 74.3 inches wide on all but the top trim), the midsize 2017-2020 Colorado is at home on city streets.

There are two box lengths to choose from and two cab configurations. Shop for the Crew Cab if you travel with your team, as the rear seats offer a roomy 35.8 inches of space to stretch out tired legs.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Chevrolet Colorado mid-range Z71 trim include:

  • Rear vision camera

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration

  • Hill descent control

  • Rear seat storage bins

  • Adaptable suspension

  • Locking rear differential

With flexible passenger configurations, changeable cargo capacity, and other helpful features, these vehicles can take the stress out of everyday driving. Whatever your needs, versatile vehicles boast the functionality and features to help your day run smoothly.

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