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2009 MSRP: Starts at $21,500
Units sold in 2008: 137,020*

This boxy, compact crossover SUV made its U.S. debut in 1996, combining higher sightlines and roomy interiors with the gas mileage of a smaller vehicle. It opened the door for other competitors, who challenged Toyota with the Ford Escape, Subaru Forester, and Honda CR-V.

In 2009, the RAV4 had a facelift, adding a new 4-cylinder engine, a redesigned front end, and a rear camera to help drivers see when in reverse.

NEXT: Lexus HS 250 Hybrid

Last updated June 26 2009: 10:49 AM ET
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