1. 2012 Mini Cooper Countryman
MSRP: $22,450
Combined miles per gallon: 30

In Mini's world, this is their SUV. It seats only four, but it does so comfortably and opens up to 41 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats go down. That's more than the Juke and just slightly less than a crossover such as Volkswage's Tiguan, which makes Mini staples including its race braking and cornering, xenon headlights and wide palate of customizable colors all the more fun by comparison.

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