9. Chevrolet Equinox
The American automaker’s fuel-efficient crossover is also one of the safest available. Starting from an affordable $25,315 price tag, the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox comes standard with front-wheel drive and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. With the four-cylinder engine under the hood, the Equinox is good for 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Also available is a 3.6-liter V6 that can run on either gasoline or E85 providing 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel drive model starts from $27,065.