Second-cheapest 2014 SUV: Jeep Compass
Base price: $19,590

The Compass compact SUV offers car buyers the Jeep brand's legendary off-road capabilities for a sub-$20,000 sticker price.

"If you're a weekend warrior who lives to go off-road, the compass can be equipped to handle that," Clarke says.

He adds that the model boasts unusually comfortable front seats, as well as some cool amenities. For instance, the Compass comes standard with a household-style 115-volt power outlet and built-in rechargeable flashlight.

That said, Clarke says the Compass "isn't necessarily the strongest pick in its segment."

After all, base models come standard with just front-wheel drive, manual transmission and a so-so 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine.

Adding automatic transmission will cost you around $1,200 extra, while a package of all-wheel drive and a 172-horsepower four-cylinder engine will set you back some $2,000. Serious outdoor enthusiasts will also want to spend another $650 or so for an off-road package of skid plates, all-terrain tires and other upgrades.

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