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Best Crossover SUVs for 2018 | CarMax

If you're seeking a spacious interior, or you just like a vehicle with a dash of utility, check out what a crossover SUV can offer. A crossover SUV boasts tons of space with the smooth drivability of a smaller car. Many crossover SUVs have a variety of useful features that make them ideal vehicles for family trips or solo adventures.

To help you start your search, we've compiled a list of the top 10 crossover SUVs for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from August 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020.

  1. Ford Explorer
  2. Honda Pilot
  3. Toyota Highlander
  4. Lexus RX 350
  5. Ford Escape
  6. Chevrolet Equinox
  7. Toyota RAV4
  8. Ford Escape
  9. Nissan Rogue
  10. Honda CR-V


Ford Explorer

Best Crossover SUVs: Ford Explorer | CarMax

The Ford Explorer is a practical, modern, three-row crossover SUV with a selection of powerful engines, plenty of space for passengers, and all the comfort you need for your road trips. And, the 2017 Explorer can tow an estimated 5,000 pounds with the V6 engine, when properly equipped.1

You'll find the following standard features on all 2017-2019 Ford Explorers:

  • 290-hp, 3.5L V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission
  • 60/40 split-folding second row and 50/50 split-folding third-row seats
  • Steering wheel-mounted cruise and radio controls
  • Rearview camera with washer and gridlines
  • LED low-beam headlights and taillights


Honda Pilot

Best Crossover SUVs: Honda Pilot | CarMax

Conquer the rain and snow with confidence, thanks to the Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ AWD system, available on every 2017 Honda Pilot trim. Power for all trims from 2016-2019 comes from a 280-horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine. With three rows and seating for up to eight passengers, the Honda Pilot may be your ideal family hauler. Available tech like a DVD player, rear entertainment, and IR headphones help melt the miles away.

Standard 2017-2019 Honda Pilot LX trims include:

  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Push-button start
  • Five-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls
  • Eight-passenger seating capacity


Toyota Highlander

Best Crossover SUVs: Toyota Highlander | CarMax

Available with a standard gas or hybrid platform, the Toyota Highlander makes transporting up to seven passengers a breeze. The spacious interior on 2017-2019 models features a modern design with thoughtful, functional touches, like the shelf for charging mobile devices under the infotainment screen. Choose from five gas trims or three hybrid trims, and pack your luggage into 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row.

You'll get the following features standard on all 2017-2019 Toyota Highlanders:

  • 2.7L four-cylinder engine with 180 horsepower
  • Front- and second-row air conditioning with separate controls
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth streaming
  • Rearview camera with guidelines
  • Forward pre-collision alert, lane-departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control


Lexus RX 350

Best Crossover SUVs: Lexus RX-350 | CarMax

Enjoy meticulous attention to detail, luxurious features, or aggressive sport styling with the Lexus RX 350. Loaded with comfortable leather, modern style, and an impressive list of options, the RX 350 offers the high-end features you deserve. Available tech includes a 15-speaker Mark Levinson® audio system, head-up display, and semi-aniline perforated seats. All L models from 2017 also feature a third row, just in case you're looking for something that can haul lots of passengers.

You will find impressive standard features on the 2017-2019 Lexus RX 350, including:

  • Power tailgate
  • Dual automatic climate control
  • Nine-speaker premium audio system
  • Power front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror


Ford Edge

Best Crossover SUVs: Ford Edge | CarMax

With a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine and room for five passengers, the 2017-2019 Ford Edge is an excellent choice for a car-like, around-town crossover. With 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 60/40 split-folding second-row seats, you can pack plenty of bags for errands or longer trips . Pick from four available trims: SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport.

Standard features on all 2017-2019 Ford Edges are:

  • Dual exhaust system
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Blow-floor cargo management system in the trunk
  • Rearview camera
  • 245-hp, turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission

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Chevrolet Equinox

Best Crossover SUVs: Chevrolet Equinox | CarMax

Fun meets functional in the Chevrolet Equinox. On 2017-2019 models, there's room for five passengers or an impressive 63.7 cubic feet of cargo space when the seats are folded. Pull an estimated 3,500 pounds behind the 2017 Equinox with the 3.5L V6, when properly equipped.1 Tackle rain, snow, and unpaved roads with available AWD on LS and higher trims.

Get these features standard on the 2017-2019 Chevrolet Equinox:

  • Rearview camera
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Available OnStar™ Guidance Plan2
  • Seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth audio
  • USB charge port


Toyota RAV4

Best Crossover SUVs: Toyota RAV4 | CarMax

When you need a comfortable crossover that drives more like a car than an SUV, take a closer look at the Toyota RAV4. Redesigned to take you wherever life may lead, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Adventure trim has the off-road features its name suggests. The 2017 and 2018 models offer useful features like a kick-activated tailgate on Platinum trims, or a bird's-eye-view camera on SE and higher trims.

The standard 2017-2018 Toyota RAV4 LE offers:

  • 2.4L four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rearview camera with projected path
  • Driver aids, including forward pre-collision assistance and adaptive cruise control
  • Entune™ six-speaker audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity


Ford Escape

Best Crossover SUVs: Ford Escape | CarMax

Get all the functionality of a bigger vehicle with the convenience of a compact package in the Ford Escape. Though there's space for five, the 2017-2019 Escape maintains a sedan-like driving experience. The available AWD system is designed to help you stay confident when the weather turns. The 2017 Ford Escape is small but mighty, boasting an estimated 3,500 pounds of towing with the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, when properly equipped.1

Base-model 2017-2019 Ford Escapes feature:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Rearview camera
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench with recline
  • 4.2-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Power accessories


Nissan Rogue

Best Crossover SUVs: Nissan Rogue | CarMax

A spacious interior gives the Nissan Rogue plenty of cargo space for your camping gear, DIY materials, and groceries. At 70 cubic feet with 60/40 split-folding second-row seats, the combinations are numerous. You can trade some of that cargo volume for passenger space with the optional Family Package, adding a third row to the 2017 Nissan Rogue.

A suite of modern features is standard on the 2017-2019 Nissan Rogue, including:

  • Five-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth audio streaming
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Air conditioning with rear passenger vents
  • 170-hp, 2.5L four-cylinder engine and CVT
  • Steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls


Honda CR-V

Best Crossover SUVs: Honda CR-V | CarMax

A modern and tech-focused take on the crossover SUV, the 2017 Honda CR-V captures the top spot on our list. An attractive interior, comfortable seating for five, and sedan-like driving characteristics are just a few of the highlights. AWD is available on any of the four trim levels, designed to give you more confidence in rain or snow.

You'll find an attractive list of included features at the base level of 2017-2019 models, including:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Bluetooth audio streaming with Pandora® compatibility
  • Electronic parking brake with automatic brake hold

When you need the space of an SUV but still want the feel of driving a car, a crossover SUV combines the best of both. Load up your crew for a road trip with comfort and cargo space to spare, or hit the open road alone with plenty of convenience features available. Crossover SUVs have a lot to offer, and can be a great option for road trippers and adventure seekers.

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1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
2OnStar features require activation and most require a paid OnStar plan to use. Wi-Fi hotspot functionality may also require an additional data plan. Limitations and restrictions apply. See onstar.com for more information. Unless otherwise noted, information related to these featured vehicles comes from third-party sources, including manufacturer information. Product and company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of third-party entities. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by these entities.

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