How to Find the Best Crossover SUVs of 2018

When you consider the popularity of crossover SUVs, it seems hard to comprehend that they have only really been around for 15 years or so. There were a few SUVs that could be called crossovers that were released before then, but all the major auto manufacturers started making their crossovers at roughly the same time in the early 2000s.

Crossovers quickly became quite popular for several different reasons. They offer a unique style that is different from any other class of vehicle on the road. They also offer the spaciousness of SUVs with the maneuverability and agility of sedans. To learn more about which crossovers are the best at certain aspects of the driving experience, read on.

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  1. AskThisWhen on March 13, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Which Crossover Offers the Best Value for The Price?

    The crossover that currently offers the best value for its price is the Chevy Equinox. It is not quite as highly rated a vehicle as the Mazda CX-5, which is generally considered by many automotive journalists to be the best crossover on the road today. However, it offers excellent practicality and more than a little bit of driving fun at it base price under $25,000. The Mazda CX-5 is nearer to $26,000, in comparison. So is the other top choice, the Honda CR-V. The options on other SUV crossovers are also generally more expensive than they are on the Chevy Equinox.

    The Equinox is not the best-equipped vehicle in its class, but it does have decent levels of equipment. It is also quite spacious inside, more so than the Mazda CX-5. If you are looking to buy a crossover and the most important thing to you is value, you should consider the new Equinox.

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  2. AskThisWhen on March 13, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Which Crossover Gets the Best Mileage?

    The two crossovers that get the best gas mileage for the Honda CR-V and the Chevy Equinox. They both get 32 miles per gallon on the highway and 26 miles per gallon in the city.

    The only place that the Equinox outpaces the CR-V with regards to fuel efficiency is cruising range. It has a slightly larger fuel tank, so it has a slightly longer cruising range on one tank of fuel. This is 387.4 miles in the city as compared to 360 for the Honda CR-V. The highway cruising range is 476.8 miles in a Chevy Equinox and 448 miles in the Honda CR-V.

    Thus, the Honda CR-V and the Chevy Equinox are in a virtual tie. If you are vacillating between the CR-V and Chevy Equinox, you may want to find a different aspect to compare. If you absolutely need to pick the car that has the better mileage, the Equinox would win because of its slightly longer cruising range due to its slightly larger fuel tank.

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  3. AskThisWhen on March 13, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Which Crossover Offers the Best Features?

    The most unique crossover with the most cutting-edge features is the Subaru Forester (starting at $22,795). It has received criticism for not being terribly fuel efficient or comfortable. However, it does feature Subaru’s unique boxer engine, which is specially engineered for smoothness. Subaru’s highly-advanced and widely praised four-wheel drive system are also available. Plus, Subaru’s EyeSight package of driver aids includes lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and pre-collision braking at a reasonable price.

    Most importantly, these features are seamlessly integrated and easy-to-use unlike the features on many other crossovers.

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  4. AskThisWhen on March 13, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Which Crossover Has the Best Crash Test Rating?

    The crossover with the best crash test rating is, you guessed it, the Mazda CX-5. As previously mentioned, the Mazda CX-5 is at the top or near the top in nearly every aspect of the driving experience for crossovers.

    It is also at the top for safety. It’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick, as long as it is equipped with the LED headlights. This is a common option, and many of the CX-5s in the dealership inventory will have these headlights. Even without these headlights, the CX-5 gets excellent crash test ratings on every single crash test the IIHS does.

    It is also worth noting that the optional collision avoidance system, which provides braking assistance, adds another great safety feature to CX-5’s already packed arsenal. This system is designed for low-speed city driving in traffic, which is where the majority of CX-5 owners will spend a great deal of time.

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  5. AskThisWhen on March 13, 2018 at 11:55 am

    What Is the Most Reliable Crossover?

    Since Toyota is known for building very reliable and durable vehicles, the most reliable crossover is the Toyota RAV4 (starting at $24,510).

    Cars, including crossovers, have gotten more and more reliable in recent years, so the new RAV4 has some stiff competition. Despite that, there are very few reported issues with the new Toyota RAV4. This has been the case almost every year since Toyota entered the U.S. market, and it doesn’t look likely to stop anytime soon.

    Drivers who select the RAV4 can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the RAV4 will not give them a ton of reliability problems. However, you should keep in mind that the crossovers generally considered to be the best, the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5, are just as reliable.

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