Never owned a PT Cruiser but had several as rental cars for vacation - was a fav rental car while they were avaialble! That was a very nice, practical rig that I often considered but opted for a Honda Fit instead due to lower ownership costs.!
Since you didn't mention a price range, reliablilty,or fuel economythere are lots of options. A compactSUVor a hatchbackwould be my suggestion.
If you google "best in class cargo capacity and fuel economy" a Consumer Reports article should come up that lists various sized vehicles along with their EPA fuel economy and cargo space. Other than the fact that they somehow omitted the Honda Fit, that would be a great place start.
My personal recommendationsare:
- Honda Fit: can cram an amazing amount of stuff inaFit & still get 40 mpg. Downside isride is a bit rough and noisy (characteristic of most Hondas).
- Kia Soul: This has replaced the PT Cruiser as our personal favorite for a rental vehicle. Souls are very comfortable & cool interior, real world economy is > 30 mpg, lots of cargo room with seats down. Dowside is that cargo space with rear seats up is smaller than one would expect and ride is a bit stiff.
- If you want AWD, consider the Honda HR-V, Subaru CrossTrek,or Subaru Forester (massive space!). While I am personally not a Toyota fan, would be remiss to not mention RAV4
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