Base price: $39,660 Considered the world's first luxury SUV when it premiered in the 1999 model year, the Lexus ( TM) RX continues to get rave reviews for its mix of ample space, high-quality finishes and good performance. "This is one of those vehicles that does everything well," Homan says. "It's quiet, it gives you a good view of the road and it sort of feels substantial when you're driving it." The five-passenger SUV comes in two versions: a gas-powered RX 350 edition and a hybrid RX 450h. The popular RX 350 comes standard with front-wheel drive, a 270-horsepower V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. There's an optional F Sport trim line that offers all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic.