If any vehicle has grown in popularity over the last decade, it’s the crossover SUV. Adopting some of the more noticeable characteristics of an SUV (a high center of gravity, high ground clearance, and all wheel drive) and merging them with the benefits of a car (better fuel mileage, handling like a sedan, and a more manageable overall size), the crossover SUV has become one of the most sought after vehicles – especially for families.
If you’re in the market for a new vehicle and are looking to downgrade from a large SUV, a crossover might be your best bet. But which ones are worth looking at? Here are our four favorite crossover SUV models that will give you the most bang for your buck.
1. Mazda CX-5
With a starting price of around $22,000 ranging up to $30,000 with additional features, the Mazda CX-5 is a great option for a crossover SUV. It has good fuel economy, averaging 26 MPG for city driving and 32 MPG for highway driving. It also has a spacious interior, which is great for families and provides a comfortable vehicle for road trips. The Mazda CX-5 also rated highly for safety, and comes with a number of safety features, including child safety locks, brake assist, driver/side/side head airbags, and traction control. Overall, it’s a great crossover option that’s good on the budget.
2. Subaru XV Crosstrek
The Subaru XV Crosstrek is another highly rated crossover SUV and one of our favorites. The average MSRP is around $25,000, and it manages to score slightly better highway fuel economy than the CX-5 with 25/33 MPG (city/highway). It also has a roomy interior and can comfortably seat five, making it another great option for families. The Subaru XV Crosstrek Limited version comes with a few add-ons, like Bluetooth capabilities and heated seats, that make it even more appealing for the price tag.
3. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is a mid-level Crossover SUV that starts at about $23,000 and tops out around $30,000 fully loaded. It’s been named the overall best deal for a crossover by U.S. News Rankings and Reviews. It has good gas mileage with 23 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. While that’s not quite as good as the XV Crosstrek or the CX-5, it makes up for that small shortcoming with a more fleshed out interior that comes standard with a backup camera, four speaker sound system, USB port, Bluetooth audio streaming, and Pandora compatibility. It’s also got plenty of storage space and comfortably fits five.
4. BMW X1
For a more luxurious Crossover SUV, BMW’s X1 is a great choice. The MSRP is almost 32,000 for the base model, and comes standard with leatherette seats (leather upgrade costs additional), Bluetooth capability, USB port, eight speakers, and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. The gas mileage comes in at 18 MPG for city and 27 MPG for highway, which isn’t quite as impressive as our other three picks. However, it boasts a turbocharged engine and a sporty suspension. It almost looks and feels more like a hatchback than a Crossover SUV.