The midsize RX crossover is the only luxury-branded model among our top picks, and it sneaked in by a nose. The 2009 model was the final year before a redesign though the exterior styling remained similar. Then as now, the RX is powered by a smooth and capable V6 engine and treats its occupants to both a roomy interior and a smooth ride, which makes it a great road trip vehicle.

Average base retail price:

  • 2009: $9,300