Kia Soul Base
- Price: $16,800
- Fuel economy: 26 mpg
Even adding the $1,500 for the 6-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission, as well as $500 for an option package with a color touchscreen and rearview camera, it still costs less than $17,000.
Soul Base is still the most affordable of these picks. Although mileage isn't quite as impressive as others here, it still meets the requirements.
Don't let size fool you. It can carry nearly as much cargo behind its front seats as the significantly larger Land Rover Range Rover Sport. A 130-horsepower 1.6-liter engine provides the go. It's more fun to drive than its smallish engine promises.
In addition to its must-have content, Soul features Kia's FlexSteer, which is an adjustable steering-assist system, and a 6-speaker audio system with satellite radio and USB port.