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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
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