SUVs can be great for certain lifestyles, but for a large segment of the market, they’re sometimes a little bit more than what is actually needed. For these people, a crossover – think SUV sensibilities with a more compact size – may be the perfect answer. Let’s take a look at some of the best crossovers on the market right now.
The Kia Soul won a prestigious 2017 10 Best award from Car and Driver magazine, largely because it has been considered the most fun and practical crossover right now. The aptly named crossover gets up to 31 miles per gallon and boasts a 201-horsepower engine, along with options such as a panoramic sunroof and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The Jeep Renegade is a Jeep through and through, from its off-road capabilities to the signature Jeep grille that makes it unmistakably one of its family. The vehicle is available in four-wheel drive in both automatic and manual transmissions and has the low range and traction management to handle difficult hills. It also boasts some of the most reliable brakes on the market and extremely responsive steering, to boot.
For some surprisingly edgy styling in a very functional automobile, look no further than the CX-3. This Mazda crossover packs all the fun you can handle in a vehicle that offers precise handling and sport-tuned suspension. The comfortable interior and 146-horsepower engine help seal the deal.
The Toyota C-HR provides four doors for convenience and a slightly lower ride that provides a little extra comfort compared to a lot of other crossovers. The C-HR only comes in front-wheel drive, but makes up for it with a forward-collision warning system, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and other terrific safety features.
This German-styled crossover has style to spare and is available at a very affordable price point, especially when considering what it brings to the table. The Tucson is all about providing great features, with standard touchscreen interface and satellite radio. The Tucson is available with an optional 175-hp four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive.
The Ford Escape is one of the smaller crossovers out there and provides all the functionality you’re after in a more compact package than its competitors offer. While the base engine offers 168-horsepower, you can go up to a 245-hp four-cylinder engine, if you prefer. The turbo versions even offer optional all-while drive.