Recession or no, Americans still love SUVs. These days, we buy smaller than we used to -- the Cadillac Escalade doesn't sell like it used to, but dealers find it hard to keep the GMC Acadia in stock.
And it's no wonder. Today's small SUVs can offer sedan-like fuel economy, serious hauling capacity, a comfortable ride for the family and all-wheel-drive that gets you to work safely in the snow belt. Some promise to do it cheap. But price isn't everything. Anyone who's ever taken a great deal and found themselves hating it two years in can tell you that.