7: Geo Tracker
Prior to the Tracker hitting the market, compact SUVs were never really a thing. But the diminutive SUV showed the world that you didn’t have to suffer from poor road manners and gas mileage. Based on the Suzuki Sidekick, the Geo Tracker was good on gas and relatively good at going off-road. Buyers wanted something that they could take to the beach or to the trail without having to break the bank (via Repair Pal).
The Tracker did that in spades and is still considered one of the best SUV models for the money. You can find these anywhere, and they are relatively reliable. Unfortunately, the Tracker didn’t make it past the 2004 model year. By the time the world was ready for a compact SUV, Toyota and Honda had innovated the segment.