Average selling price: $21,353
Savings: 9% Under $25,000 with more than 25 miles per gallon worth of combined fuel efficiency? How did this make the list? Easily the most fuel-efficient and cost-effective vehicle of the bunch, the five-passenger Rogue crossover with its all-wheel drive and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is the undercover Forester. Its interior is less plastic than its upmarket competitor and has comfortable seats, a huge center console bin and glove box, an organizer under the floor. Its features are a bit sparse, as Bluetooth is reduced to an option and items such as keyless entry, folding side mirrors, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a trip computer and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod interface are considered perks. In a mid-market increasingly populated with go-to small SUVs such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota ( TM) RAV4 and Ford Escape, though, the rogue is the all-wheel-drive winter wagon suited for school and shopping but without all the socioeconomic baggage. -- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.