7. Mazda CX-5
Next on the list is the Mazda CX-5, which is priced from $22,375. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder SkyActiv engine with 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque while a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is available providing 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. The smaller powerplant is rated at 26-mpg city, 35-mpg highway in front-wheel drive form while the more powerful engine gets 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Those looking to get the CX-5 with a manual transmission will only be able to get the 2.0-liter engine. It’s worth noting that only vehicles built after October 2013 receive the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ rating.