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Best Crossover SUVs for 2018 | CarMax

For 2020 shoppers looking for style and functionality, a crossover ticks all the boxes. Whether you're shopping for a growing family or trying new outdoor hobbies, you can still expect the responsive handling and luxurious touches of smaller vehicles within this highly practical SUV package. Driving a sensible vehicle has never been so enjoyable.

To help you figure out your next move, we've compiled a list of the 10 best crossover SUVs for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.

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


Ford Explorer

Best Crossover SUVs: Ford Explorer | CarMax

The Ford Explorer is a robust seven-seat family crossover SUV that delivers convenience and adaptability. Comfort solutions include all-row cup holders, split-folding second- and third-row seating, and available hands-free power liftgate for easy cargo entry. From 2017, the Explorer comes standard with a 3.5L V6 engine and front-wheel drive.

Some other features as standard on the 2017–2019 Ford Explorer:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Power-adjustable driver seat
  • Rearview camera
  • Cargo capacity extends to 81.7 cu-ft (behind the driver)
  • Estimated 5000 lb of towing capacity with the V6 engine, when properly equipped.1


Honda Pilot

Best Crossover SUVs: Honda Pilot | CarMax

With considerable size and a strong highway presence, the Honda Pilot crossover SUV has immediate suburban family appeal. Its dramatically roomy inside and hefty cargo capacity (16.5 cu-ft on 2017–2019 models with all seats in place) allows the Pilot to adapt to conditions with ease, including a surprisingly light steer for parking maneuvers. From 2019, across all trims, standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Other standard features for the LX trim model (2017–2019) include:

  • Eight seats across three rows
  • Push-button start
  • 18-inch painted alloy wheels
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity


Toyota Highlander

Best Crossover SUVs: Toyota Highlander | CarMax

With an elegant interior finish and a performance V6 engine standard with most trim levels, the Toyota Highlander has much to impress. Midway through 2017, the Highlander benefited from a style refresh with a comprehensive driver aid package also becoming a standard feature at this time. Seating eight comfortably, the interior has a quiet and spacious feel, and available high-end touches, including tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moon roof, integrated navigation, and more.

All 2017–2019 model versions include:

  • Rear privacy glass
  • Five USB ports
  • Second- and third-row 60/40-split-folding seats
  • Rearview camera
  • Hybrid version also available


Lexus RX 350

Best Crossover SUVs: Lexus RX-350 | CarMax

Positioned as a luxury midsize crossover, the five-seater Lexus RX 350 lives up to the hype. A 2016 redesign took the RX 350 into exciting territory; a stunning new dynamic to its exterior edges and a gracefully improved interior that together provide a seamless and discreet driving experience. The RX 350 has NuLuxe® leatherette or available real leather upholstery, and an optional rear-seat entertainment system. There are two trim levels (Base, F-Sport), and both feature a 3.5L V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. In 2018, Lexus added a seven-seat version, the RX 350L, to its line-up.

Some of the high-spec standard features of the 2017–2019 RX 350:

  • Driver-assistance tools
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Auto-off headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Nine-speaker sound system


Toyota RAV4

Best Crossover SUVs: Toyota RAV4 | CarMax

The Toyota RAV4 is a comfortable and confident choice for daily family use. All 2017 and 2018 models feature a 2.5L four-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic transmission. For 2020 shoppers, your attention is likely to focus more on trim features and available option packages. The RAV4 was refreshed in 2019 to include: entertainment tech upgrades, new eight-speed automatic transmission, and fresh chrome and color options for the high-end Adventure and Limited trims.

Each 2017–2018 RAV4 has these features:

  • Available driver-assistance package
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Bluetooth connectivity and USB port
  • 73.4 cu-ft of cargo space (behind the driver)
  • 17-inch steel wheels

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Ford Edge

Best Crossover SUVs: Ford Edge | CarMax

A solid pick for older families, the Ford Edge has a roomy tech-filled interior and an impressive amount of cargo space. When you have secondary new drivers in mind, it's good to know all 2017–2019 Edge models are equipped with Ford's MyKey® speed setting technology. A full refresh in 2019 saw the addition of a new premium level trim for the Edge, the ST: its highlights include a new turbocharged V6 engine with all-wheel drive.

The 2017–2018 base trim Ford Edge features:

  • 4.2-inch screen display
  • Automatic headlights
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • 39.2 cu-ft of cargo space (behind the second row)
  • Inflatable seat belts for outboard rear passengers


Chevrolet Equinox

Best Crossover SUVs: Chevrolet Equinox | CarMax

Since its 2018 update, the Chevrolet Equinox is an ever more attractive prospect, delivering a plush passenger-focused interior with more tech as standard than in previous years. If you frequently have a full house of passengers the Equinox makes it easy; with plenty of thoughtful storage solutions and the option of two rear-seat USB ports (from 2018). The base L trim is impressively well equipped but stepping up to the LS, LT or Premier trims unlock engine choices, exterior finish options, and some high-end feature packages.

The 2018–2019 Chevrolet Equinox L trim features as standard:

  • Engine stop-start technology
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability
  • 39.7 inches of rear legroom
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless ignition


Nissan Rogue

Best Crossover SUVs: Nissan Rogue | CarMax

Primarily a two-row, five-seat compact crossover, the Nissan Rogue's space, handling, and available driver tech provides adaptability and enjoyment for 2020 shoppers with on-the-go lifestyles. City commutes in the 2019 Rogue SL benefit from Nissan's ProPILOT™ Assist features as standard, while 70 cubic feet of cargo space behind the driver should take care of weekend shopping, sports, and hobbies. Increase passenger capacity to seven over three rows, with the 2017 trims (S, SV) that feature the optional family package.

2018-2019 base S trim models all feature:

  • Nine inches of rear-seat sliding adjustment
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality
  • 2.5L four-cylinder engine with CVT


Ford Escape

Best Crossover SUVs: Ford Escape | CarMax

Ford's highest entry into our rankings, the Escape, grabs attention as a fun-to-drive crossover that feels more sedan than SUV. Want to challenge the Escape's SUV chops? No problem; the 2017–2019 models have 68 cu-ft of cargo space behind the driver, a low loading cargo floor, and optional AWD. In 2018, a new trim was added; the SEL trim adds some nice luxury features, including power liftgate and leather upholstery.

From 2018, the Ford Escape upper entry point SE trim offers:

  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver seat
  • Sound-reducing window glass
  • 1.5L turbocharged engine
  • Exterior chrome finishes
  • Steering wheel paddle shifters


Honda CR-V

Best Crossover SUVs: Honda CR-V | CarMax

Taking the number one spot on our updated list, the agile and responsive Honda CR-V has the looks and personality to justify its position. Restyled in 2017 to become broader, longer, and slicker in appearance, the CR-V underpins its improved fascia with a 1.5L 16V turbocharged engine (EX trim and above). This stylish compact crossover has class-leading utility too: nifty passenger storage throughout the cabin, plus 39.2 cu-ft of cargo space expanding to a class-leading 75.8 cu-ft when second-row seats are laid flat. The 2017–2019 CR-V has four trims: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring.

From 2017–2019 standard features of the base LX trim include:

  • Daytime running lights
  • Four-speaker audio with Bluetooth capability
  • Six-way driver seat adjustment
  • Automatic climate control
  • Four USB ports

The crossover SUV sector has plenty of variety and features to personalize your driving experience. Whether you are looking for a diligent utility vehicle or a responsive highway head-turner, this updated list makes it very clear—you can have both.

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1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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