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Even in base four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive form the 2010 RAV4 is available with a third-row seat option for just $940 extra. You probably wouldn't expect it to be very roomy, but it's actually not so bad for occasional use. The four-cylinder RAV4 is also great on gas and is remarkably refined and comfortable, while being manageably sized for city-dwellers.
2009 Kia RondoEnlarge Photo
TCC's Overall Rating: 7.4
TCC's Bottom Line: You likely won’t be drawn to the 2010 Kia Rondo because of its looks, but you’re likely to see it in a different light if you do your research first.
Price: $19,795 (2009)
The Rondo probably isn't a vehicle you're going to fall in love with at first sight. It doesn't look like a minivan, which a lot of moms and pops are going to love, though from the outside it's either an especially homely-looking crossover, or an oddly tall wagon. But it's a vehicle that makes sense from the inside out: Take a look inside, especially when you're craving practicality, and you'll be hooked. The Kia Rondo has hinged rear doors, which make it easier to get into in a driveway but more difficult than a minivan—or the Mazda5—in a tight parking space.