Enjoy more space in style.
Have you always loved zipping around in a sedan but now you need more space? If so, it's time to start shopping for a crossover SUV. Crossovers bridge the gap between cars and SUVs, offering you more space for passengers and cargo while maintaining the handling and smaller footprint of a car. Many crossovers come with optional all-wheel drive, making them quite appealing if you like to get up and go, even in tough road and weather conditions.
If you're considering a crossover SUV, narrow down your options with this helpful list of the 10 best crossover SUVs for 2019, based on CarMax vehicle sales data from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.
The Ford Edge is a midsize SUV that offers seating for five people. The latest generation launched in 2015 but the 2019 model had a refresh that included tweaks to the interior and exterior styling and the introduction of an eight-speed automatic transmission (previous years had a six-speed transmission). The most recent generation (2015 to present) Edge has 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats, which gives you plenty of space for groceries or camping gear.
The 2015-to-present Edge comes in four trim levels, all of which offer all-wheel drive as an option (it's standard on the highest ST trim level). The Edge also comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower and gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg combined in front-wheel drive (dropping to an estimated 23 mpg combined for all-wheel drive).1
The Nissan Pathfinder is a larger-sized crossover option. It has seating for seven passengers (with two seats in the third row). Behind the second row, the 2019 model offers 47.4 cubic feet of cargo space—16.2 cubic feet with the third-row seats in use.
The Pathfinder comes in four trim levels but offers only one engine option in model years 2017 to 2019: a 284-horsepower V6 that gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg combined in front-wheel drive (dropping to an estimated 22 mpg combined in the four-wheel drive version).1
Intelligent four-wheel drive is an available option in all trim levels. The 2017-and-newer Pathfinder and its V6 can tow an estimated 6,000 pounds when properly equipped.2
The Dodge Journey has seating for seven passengers in model years after 2018 when the third row became standard. Prior to that, the third-row was available on the Journey with select packages on all trim levels.
The 2019 Dodge Journey has 27 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row—10.7 cubic feet for cargo when the third-row seats are in use. Parents who are tired of grappling with booster seats will love that the Journey offers the option of integrated child booster seats in the second row and road-trippers will enjoy the standard storage bins in the second row as well. The 2019 Journey comes with a standard four-cylinder 173-horsepower engine that gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg combined in front-wheel drive.1
The Jeep Cherokee offers seating for five passengers and 24.6 cubic feet of cargo space on the 2019 model. It's a great crossover for off-road enthusiasts thanks to its four-wheel drive capabilities—something Jeep is well known for.
The fifth-generation Cherokee launched in 2014 but had a significant refresh for the 2019 model year. The updates for 2019 include the introduction of Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ and an optional 270-horsepower 2L four-cylinder engine with start-and-stop technology. The Cherokee still comes standard with a 180-horsepower four-cylinder, which has a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg in four-wheel drive.1 The third engine option—needed for max towing capacity of an estimated 4,500 pounds (when properly equipped)—is a 271-horsepower V6.2
If you're looking for a practical crossover SUV, the Toyota RAV4 is a great choice. The only engine option for 2019 is a 203-horsepower four-cylinder that gets an EPA-estimated 30-mpg-combined fuel economy (dropping to 28 mpg combined in all-wheel drive).1
Even the previous generation of the RAV4 was a gas sipper, with the 2017 model getting an EPA-estimated 25-mpg-combined fuel economy with its standard 176-horsepower four-cylinder engine.1 The redesigned 2019 RAV4 has seating for five people and 37.6 cubic feet of cargo room. It also comes standard with many driver-assist features, including lane-departure alert, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition.
The Honda CR-V is a great choice for drivers who only need five seats but want loads of space. The 2019 CR-V has 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, giving you plenty of room for all your gear.
The CR-V was entirely redesigned for the 2017 model year, and there have been few changes since then. Model years 2017 and later come standard with a 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg combined in front-wheel drive (dropping to 27 mpg combined in all-wheel drive).1
An optional 190-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine (2017 models onward) gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in front-wheel drive, and 27 mpg in all-wheel drive.1 The CR-V comes in four trim levels with a five-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth® connectivity as standard. All but the base trim offer Apple CarPlay, Android Auto,and satellite radio.
The fifth-generation (2011–2019) Ford Explorer comes standard with seating for you and six friends, although if you choose the optional second-row bucket seats (available on the Limited trim and higher) your Explorer will hold six people. The 2019 Explorer has 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 43.9 cubic feet of space available when the third row is folded flat.
Model years 2017 to 2019 come with three engine options: the standard 290-horsepower V6 which gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined in front-wheel drive, the optional 280-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder that gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined in front-wheel drive, and the most powerful 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 which gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg combined in front-wheel drive.1Optional four-wheel drive is available on all of the Explorer's five trims making it great for an off-road adventure with family and friends.
The Ford Escape is a compact SUV with seating for five and 34 cubic feet of cargo space on the 2019 model. The Escape had a refresh for the 2017 model year, adding features including start-stop engine technology and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Escape comes with three engine options with a 168-horsepower four-cylinder that gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 24 mpg combined as standard.1 In the higher trim levels, you can choose to upgrade to either a 179-horsepower or 245-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The Chevrolet Equinox is a good option for families that spend a lot of time on the road. The third-generation (2017 to present) Equinox has seating for five and offers 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. The Equinox was fully redesigned for the 2018 model year, introducing features including a more upscale cabin with WiFi hotspot3, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
The 2018 and 2019 Equinox models come standard with a 170-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine with start-stop technology and that gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28 mpg combined in front-wheel drive.1 A 252-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and a 137-horsepower turbodiesel engine are available options on the LT and Premier Trims. All-wheel drive is an available option on all trims except the base trim: L.
The Nissan Rogue is a great family SUV, which offers seating for five to seven depending on the year. Model years 2017 and earlier offered an optional family package on all trim levels, which included a two-person third-row seat. However, this package was discontinued for the 2018 model. The 2018 and 2019 models strictly have seating for five and 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row.
The Rogue offers one engine option, a 170-horsepower four-cylinder that gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 29 mpg combined in front-wheel drive (dropping to 27 mpg combined in all-wheel drive).1 All-wheel drive is available on all trims, a great option if you regularly drive in severe weather or like to do a bit of light off-roading.
Model years 2018 and later come standard with speed-sensitive volume control, Bluetooth connectivity, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Overall, crossover SUVs are appealing because they are diverse, allowing you to choose a vehicle that has the passenger, cargo space, and tech features you need. Crossovers offer the best of both worlds, between a car and a full-size SUV.
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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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