The RAV4 is one of our highest-rated small SUVs. The flexible, well-laid-out interior includes a rear seat you can fold and remove in halves. The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine provides adequate performance but sounds a little loud at high revs. The engine and automatic transmission work well together, and the AWD system does its job efficiently and unobtrusively on slippery pavement and limited off-road situations. Access and loading are very easy. Nimble handling, excellent brakes, and good fuel economy also add to the RAV4's appeal. One caveat: The RAV4 lacks a rear bumper, so even minor impacts could require costly repairs.