Love them or hate them, crossovers make a great deal of sense. They are essentially smaller SUVs based on a car platform, giving you the versatility, ride height, and cargo-carrying capacity you want with superior fuel economy and maneuverability. With the popularity of this segment, it is no surprise that the market is packed with crossovers. To help you sort out the top options, check out these five best crossovers or these best hybrid crossovers.
5. Ford Escape
Compared to some of the other top crossovers, the Ford Escape looks more upmarket and sportier at a glance. This impression is matched by upscale interior packages available at higher trim levels. To make the Escape even more stylish, choose the Sport Appearance Package for black-out trim, leather on the steering wheel and shift lever, and sports seats. The Escape stands out from the competition with its choice of three engines, including two turbocharged ones. The most efficient choice is the 1.5-liter EcoBoost with its 26 mpg combined, or you can get the best of power and fuel economy with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost featuring its twin-scroll turbocharger. Thanks to the firm ride and stout chassis, the driving experience is engaging. This crossover is capable as well, letting you tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The Escape provides an extra set of eyes to protect you and avoid accidents with built-in safety features. This crossover will let you know about cars in your blind spot, get into and out of tight spaces automatically, and more. The FordPass feature really makes this model stand out by letting you lock or unlock and even start your car from your smartphone.
4. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V regularly tops rankings for crossovers as well as SUVs, a trend that continues for the latest version. The exterior has been refreshed to appear modern and stylish. Inside, you are treated to soft-touch materials and a quieter cabin. The ride is always firm without feeling harsh, and the electric power steering system delivers a naturally weighted feeling. The CR-V is a class-leader in cargo space, helping it cement a spot among the top crossovers. Even with the rear seats upright, you are treated to 39.2 cubic feet, or you can fold them down for 75.8 cubes.
Compared to previous versions and other crossovers, the CR-V has improved handling. You will also appreciate the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 184 horsepower and a CVT. The latest model has a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine on all but the base LX for even better power and efficiency–194 horsepower and 30 mpg combined. You can pick whether you prefer front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. For those who prioritize safety features, the CR-V has you covered with the Honda Sensing system, which includes Lane Keeping Assist System, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Road Departure Mitigation System.
3. Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson has a lot working in its favor, including the best warranty in the business. The rear seats are incredibly spacious, a rarity for small crossover SUVs. Unfortunately, the cargo area is slightly smaller than some of the other top choices, but this allows for that extra rear legroom. There is also an impressive array of safety features, such as Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and rear parking sensors. There’s less to worry about on the road thanks to connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with the available navigation system.
With the Tucson, you can choose from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder on the SE trim or a 1.6-liter Turbo GDI with 175 horsepower for most others. These powertrains deliver 30 and 32 mpg on the highway, respectively, taking you further on every drop of fuel. The standard 6-speed transmission delivers more than enough control, but the 7-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission is a class-exclusive you will never regret selecting. You can opt for front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. California drivers get an extra choice: a rare hydrogen fuel cell version with a range of 300 miles.
2. Jeep Cherokee
Thanks to its small size, even a vehicle like the Jeep Cherokee can classify as a crossover. No matter how you look at this vehicle, it is definitely an excellent option, appealing to newcomers as well as those who have been driving Jeeps for years. The Jeep Cherokee is solidly built, making it stand out from other crossovers. Impressively, it handles well on the road as well as off the beaten path. Perhaps the only downside of the Cherokee is that it has about average cargo capacity and relative age, although this means that the platform has worked out all the kinks over the years and is offered at a decent price.
The Cherokee starts off with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine but also offers a 3.2-liter V6 that should be your choice if you want your crossover to handle towing and all-wheel drive. The 9-speed automatic always helps you cruise along the highway while enhancing fuel economy. The Cherokee easily keeps up with the competition in technology and interior features, especially when configured with the best infotainment system available: the Uconnect 8.4 NAV system with Premium Audio.
1. Mazda CX-5
The new and improved Mazda CX-5 is the top crossover SUV for those in search of a sports car with this body style. All trims come with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder good for 187 horsepower and the option to upgrade to all-wheel drive. Sitting inside the CX-5, you are treated to a driver-centric cabin that puts everything you need within reach, from the door handles to the controls. Everyone has a comfortable time in the car thanks to the extensive exit and entrance room and available features like heated rear seats and rear vents for air conditioning. The rear seats can even recline, a rare feature on compact crossovers.
Listening to music or simply having a conversation with your passengers has never been better than in the latest Mazda CX-5 with its extra seal insulation and sound-insulating glass. The CX-5 is also useful, although its cargo space certainly falls short of the CR-V’s. Even so, it delivers up to 59.6 cubic feet for cargo when you fold down the 40/20/40 rear seats. Keep in mind that most models in the class only have 60/40 rear seats. Cargo capacity and a rare sense of fun in the driver’s seat put the Mazda CX-5 in the top spot.