The compact Honda CR-V crossover is consistently one of the most popular new SUVs, and it carries a well-earned reputation for reliability. These picks are from the CR-V’s third generation (it would be redesigned for 2012), which packed a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that received a power boost for 2010. The vehicle performs adequately and affords decent interior comfort and cargo room.

Average base model retail prices:

  • 2011:  $8,500
  • 2010: $7,400
  • 2009: $6,700