2 of 8
BACKNEXT
Toyota Rav4
Sticker price: $21,500 - $27,810
AOL 'market price': $21,090 - $26,837
Mileage: 28 mpg Hwy, 22 mpg City
IIHS Top Safety Pick: Yes

The Rav4 remains king of the hill among small SUVs. The design may not be terribly exciting, but hot looks are rarely Toyota's big selling point.

Fuel economy, reliability and practicality are what draws Toyota buyers. Added to that - the Rav4 is surprisingly enjoyable to drive. Even with its standard 4-cylinder engine, there's ample power. And with the stronger V6 under the hood, the Rav4's fuel economy is still better than some competitors' 4-cylinder models.

The Rav4 also offers something most vehicles in this class don't: an optional third row of seats. You're way-backers won't be stretching out in comfort, but at least they'll have proper seats and seatbelts.

The Rav4 also earned a "Top Safety Pick" award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, something that a surprising number of these small SUVs have pulled off.

NEXT: Honda CR-V

Last updated February 02 2009: 9:20 AM ET
More Galleries
15 top executives with $1 salaries Some CEOs and founders agree to salaries of just $1 a year. But once goodies like bonuses and stock options are added in, some of those executives end up taking home many millions of dollars a year. More
Mercedes SL65 AMG: 621 horses of topless power Turn heads as you blow by traffic in this roadster convertible from Mercedes. More
Where the middle class is most unequal CNNMoney looks at the five states with the biggest differences in middle class incomes. More

Special Offer
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.