We’ll admit, the Toyota RAV4 is by far the least sporty option on this list, and it wouldn’t hold a candle to the Kona N in terms of handling. However, buyers who want a simple and reliable crossover that’s surprisingly quick may want to consider the third-generation RAV4. This was the only RAV4 generation to offer a V6 engine, a 3.5-liter mill producing 269 hp. That’s not too far off the modern-day turbocharged Kona N, and with so much power on tap, the V6 RAV4 could hit 60 mph in under seven seconds.
It may be the most mainstream option here, but it’s also the most reasonably priced. You can find a V6 RAV4 ranging from $5,000 on the low end to around $20,000 on the high side. We’d suggest getting one with AWD, as the front-driven ones tend to torque steer like crazy.