Fourth-cheapest 2014 SUV: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Base price: $20,295

This compact SUV's list of standard features includes some amenities rare for its price range, from a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty to Mitsubishi's Fuse system of voice-activated electronics.

"It's pretty impressive that even the cheapest Outlander Sport comes standard with cool things like voice-activated controls," Clarke says.

The expert adds that the model offers a "very smooth and quiet ride, even on rough pavement."

That said, the lowest-priced Outlander Sport comes with just front-wheel drive, a manual transmission and a mediocre 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine.

You can add all-wheel drive and continuously variable automatic transmission for around $1,300 apiece, but even top-of-the line Outlander Sports don't offer stronger engines.

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