Mini Cooper Countryman
A car this big from a maker called Mini may seem like an oxymoron, but that's how badly manufacturers want to get into the crossover game. The Mini Cooper Countryman was a brand-new model for 2011, with a longer, taller body than the original Mini Cooper and a first-ever optional four-wheel-drive system. The two-wheel-drive Countryman with the manual transmission gets highest marks from the EPA, though, at 28 miles per gallon (11.9 kilometers per liter) city, 35 miles per gallon (14.9 kilometers per liter) highway and a combined 31 miles per gallon (13.2 kilometers per liter). This particular model gets the best mileage of any crossover on the list.
There are a few pleasant surprises in the Countryman, like a three-person rear bench seat and being named a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Mini Cooper Countryman will set you back about $22,000 to start, with options adding to the price -- and possibly lower fuel economy [source: MiniUSA.com].