Price: $4,800

Introduced in 1999, the X5 was BMW's initial entry into the premium SUV market. These days, you can get an early example for just under $5,000.

By 2002, there were three engines in the X5 lineup. A 3.0-liter inline six provided 225 hp (168 kW); a 4.4-liter V8 had 282 hp (210 kW); and a range-topping 4.6-liter V8 had 342 hp (255 kW).

For this low price, expect to get the six-cylinder model. It offers either a five-speed manual (yes, in a luxury SUV) or a five-speed automatic. The all-wheel-system could transfer power to the necessary axle but sends about 60 percent of the torque to the rear during normal motoring.

While the X5 doesn't offer the hardcore locking differentials of some of the other SUVs on this list, its combination of style and luxury might make it a third vehicle in the driveway.