THE BUZZ: It may look like just another gas-swilling American SUV, but don't be fooled. The standard four-cylinder (2.4-liter, 182-hp) version of this compact, extremely well-priced SUV boasts a best-in-class 32 mpg on the highway and a range of some 600 miles per tank.
THE TEST: From the supportive, ergonomic seats to the impressively quiet cabin, I felt like I was driving a much more expensive rig. For its size, interior room is remarkable: Our four-person crew (average height: six foot) never felt crammed.
THE VERDICT: You lose some ground clearance and cargo space to aerodynamics, but the range and fuel efficiency make this a perfect road-trip machine. From $23,185; mpg, 22 city/32 hwy; chevrolet.com