Myth 3: They won't haul a bunch of gear.
Shoehorning a 50-inch plasma TV into a Volkswagen Beetle is one of my proudest accomplishments, but the dangerously squished drive home from Best Buy was nearly my last. Such hauls are no big deal for the Honda HR-V (from $19,995); it's a marvel of spatial efficiency. An innovative architecture tucks the gas tank under the front seats, enabling you to perform acrobatics with the rear to allow nearly 56 cubic feet of cargo space and carry, in turn, a surfboard, a mountain bike, and big yard-sale scores. Since it's available with all-wheel drive, it's the easy-parking urban runabout built for adventuring on the weekend.