For years, the RAV4 has consistently been among the top-ranked small SUVs. The cabin is reasonably quiet, and the ride is compliant and controlled. It has a suite of advanced safety features and offers a frugal hybrid version. The energetic 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and smooth six-speed automatic transmission returned 24 mpg overall in our tests of an AWD version. The hybrid version gets a terrific 31 mpg overall. Handling is responsive and very secure. Inside, the controls are clear and intuitive. Though the XLE comes with automatic climate control and a sunroof, you must step up to the Limited trim to get adjustable lumbar support and the more comfortable faux-leather seats. Access is very easy, and the rear seat is roomy. Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard.