2012 Jeep Patriot
Starting Price: $15,995
The often-overlooked Jeep Patriot is one of the real bargains of the SUV world. And it just keeps saving you money -- a 4x2 Patriot with a manual five-speed transmission is rated to return up to 29 mpg. The entry-level vehicle sacrifices a few amenities, like air conditioning and power windows, but still comes with a tilt steering column, cruise control, front disc brakes, hill start assist, a rear window wiper, rear seat heat ducts, Uconnect Bluetooth hands-free calling and a 4-speaker CD/MP3 player. The Patriot is one of the coolest-looking vehicles in the Jeep lineup, with a retro exterior and a simple, functional interior.