June 2, 2014 3:45 PM
Small vehicles for road tripping

Fifteen compacts to consider for your next getaway



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Road trips are a rite of passage. University students take them to expand their experience beyond the confines of campus. Parents pack up the car to show kids different parts of the country. Almost inevitably, new friendships are forged, horizons broadened and memories made.

The traditional vehicle for this type of trip is a big, roomy cruiser, but in today's fuel-thrifty age smaller vehicles are becoming the conveyance of choice for road trips. Let's examine 10 compact cars and five compact crossovers for your next asphalt adventure.

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