Fifth-cheapest 2014 SUV: Dodge Journey
Base price: $20,990
The Journey combines a sub-$21,000 starting price with lots of room and an available third-row seat, a rarity for small SUVs.
Adding a third row will cost around $1,500 extra, but expand the vehicle's passenger capacity to seven people from the base Journey's five. "If you need something that can haul a lot of people around, the Journey is a really good choice," Clarke says.
All Journeys (even entry-level models) also come with a decent list of standard equipment, from a six-speaker stereo to handy storage compartments built right into the floor.
On the downside, lower trim levels offer only front-wheel drive, four-speed automatic transmission and an unimpressive 173-horsepower four-cylinder engine. You'll have to buy a costlier Journey if you want the available all-wheel drive, six-speed automatic transmission and 283-horsepower six-cylinder engine.