Car price: $21,995
Only $300 more than the most affordable entry on our list when comparing car prices, the Tucson GLS crossover doesn't skimp on standard features that include full power accessories, remote keyless entry, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with redundant audio controls, hill-holder (technology that keeps a vehicle from rolling backward when the brake is released on an incline), six air bags, cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker audio system with CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary input jack, trip computer and an integrated MP3 connection.
Its 176 horsepower comes from a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine mated to a driver-shiftable six-speed automatic transmission. With an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, Tucson's fuel economy is nearly on par with our list-leading, fuel-efficient Equinox. All-wheel-drive is available bundled with a few other features for $1,650.
Maximum cargo capacity is a tidy 55.8 cubic feet. Second-row passengers enjoy 38.7 inches of legroom.