Subaru Forester

Mountain men may mourn the quaint Foresters of old. But if the new one looks SUV-generic, it's also a better vehicle: roomier, stronger, quieter, with a continuously variable transmission to boost highway mileage to 32 mpg in the 170-horsepower flat 4. Better yet: Pick the 250-horsepower 2.0XT model, which spurs the Subie to 60 mph in six seconds. [$22,820 (Forester 2.5i)/$28,820 (Forester 2.0XT); subaru.com]