Consistently one of the top sellers among all vehicles, the compact Toyota RAV4 crossover SUV from this era is one of the rare vehicles to come with a side-opening door at the back instead of a horizontal liftgate. It offered a choice of a four-cylinder engine or, rare for this size class, a smooth and quick V6; it gets top marks for durability. The interior is refreshingly roomy and there’s plenty of cargo room behind the seats.

Average base retail prices:

  • 2012: $9,900
  • 2011: $8,900
  • 2010: $8,000
  • 2009: $7,400