28: 1989 Isuzu Amigo
The Amigo was the original top-less SUV to hit the market and rival the Suzuki Samurai. What makes the Amigo special is not only the removable top but also the body on frame construction. The little SUV is remarkably solid and this bolds well for off-road capability. Ground clearance on the Amigo is already tall, and that’s from the stock factory height. With a cheap lift kit and some nice off-road tires, the Amigo becomes a dream rig for most enthusiasts. Amigo owners are fiercely loyal to the SUV and the reliability is legendary.
Because the Amigo doesn’t have the brand recognition of Toyota and Jeep the prices have remained low. You can find a clean used Amigo for under $3000, and that’s a great starting price for anyone who wants to build an off-road rig. The Amigo might not be the most attractive-looking compact ute, but for the price and the versatility, you can’t go wrong.