11. Toyota RAV4 – Competent Compact Crossover
Green Score: 42
Fuel economy rating (EPA city/highway combined): 26 mpg
Base price range: $24,565-$30,735
Featuring aggressive-looking styling, particularly at the vehicle’s front end, the RAV4 has long been a hallmark among compact crossover
SUVs, and with good reason. It’s solidly built, delivers admirable performance and is eminently practical. The RAV4 comes nicely powered by a peppy 2.5-liter 176-horsepower four-cylinder engine that works especially well with the standard six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive is optional for added prowess under inclement conditions, though it’s not an absolute necessity for most motorists. It rides smoothly and handles adequately, with a selectable sport
mode that allows a driver to quicken the vehicle’s shift timing, throttle response, and steering response a bit as desired for a modestly sportier feel. The vehicle’s five-passenger interior is sufficiently roomy and attractively designed, with lots of cargo space behind the second row. Upscale options include heated seats and both blind spot and lane departure warning safety systems.