Starting price: $26,000
The C-Max got some bad publicity by not living up to its 47 miles per gallon EPA rating; however, 43 isn’t at all shabby. It’s a useful compact wagon. Oh, we’re not supposed to use that word, so we’ll call it a five-door hatchback. It’s got a nice interior and a quiet and refined ride. The C-Max has one big drawback — a confusing name — but it’s a great successor to the Escape hybrid and a worthy competitor for that big pool of compact SUVs.