These crossover SUVs are ready to hit the road.
Crossover SUVs provide you with a host of creature comforts with the ability to get you to your destination efficiently and almost effortlessly.
Looking for a crossover SUV with enough room to take your dog along when you go camping? Do you need three seats to haul your kids and their friends to the park after school? Want the spaciousness of an SUV and the luxury of your favorite sedan? You'll find plenty of options outlined in our list of the best crossover SUVs below!
Here's the CarMax 2018 edition of the best crossover SUVs based on our sales data from January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017.
A five-passenger crossover, the Nissan Murano focuses on combining the features you've come to expect in an SUV with the plush comfort of a luxury car. For 2017, the number 10 entry on our list of best crossover SUVs saw little change from the previous year's model. This Nissan Murano is available in four trim levels with the base model being equipped with standard features like a rearview camera, automatic dual-zone climate control, and 18-inch alloy wheels. An upgraded infotainment system with voice recognition for audio and navigation, as well as a large eight-inch touchscreen, are standard features for all other trims. Known for its daring profile that's highlighted by its wide, swooping grille and blacked-out roof pillars, the 2017 Nissan Murano packs plenty of power with its standard V6 engine.
Lexus — a long-time leader of luxury vehicles — continues to push the envelope in terms of style with its crossover SUV: the Lexus RX 350. For 2017, the Lexus RX 350 gained about five inches in room overall, providing plenty of room for five passengers and their gear. While this 2017 crossover is set apart from others in its class because of its distinct styling, the interior is also notable. The sporty dashboard and sedan-like feel combine with its high seating position to give you the best of both worlds. An optional rear-seat entertainment system, which can be added to this Lexus via a luxury package integrates two 11.6-inch screens into the back of the front headrests — a boon for families heading out for errands and long vacations alike.
The 2017 Honda Pilot is sleek, refined, and rounded with all the advantages of a minivan and the coolness factor of an SUV. Inside, there’s a lot of glass that brings in natural light and a cabin that's neatly organized. Though it's powered by a V6 engine that's strong enough to tow most recreational boats and small campers (when properly equipped1), the Honda Pilot still provides a plush and quiet ride. The Honda Pilot has room enough for eight, thanks to the third-row seat which can be easily accessed by folding the second seat forward. You’ll find enough cargo space for a large, 82-quart cooler behind the third row.
For 2017, the Toyota Highlander underwent a number of significant changes. Its exterior styling was updated with redesigned LED taillights and a larger, more pronounced grille. A new V6 engine boosted this crossover's power. The SE trim level is also new. It provides access to sporty styling elements and sharper handling, thanks to a retuned suspension. A large, three-row crossover, the 2017 Toyota Highlander has seating for seven or eight — depending on whether or not captain's chairs make up the seating in the second row.
With ample seating and head- and legroom for five adults, the 2017 Ford Escape can also fit two car seats in the rear seats. These rear seats also recline to provide greater comfort on those long road trips. Plush, soft-touch materials and added sound insulation provide a luxurious and quiet ride. The available turbocharged engines are peppy and the addition of a stop-start feature is an added convenience. Not only will you be able to stow the whole family’s luggage for the next vacation in the Ford Escape's ample cargo space, but its low cargo floor makes it easier to load and unload heavy items like your dog or gardening supplies.
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 feels spacious and roomy enough to comfortably seat up to five adults, thanks to the scooped-out design of the front door panels and the reclining rear seats. Cloth upholstery comes standard and a leather substitute, SofTex®, is optional in this compact SUV. A roomy 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up means you'll have enough room for checked airline luggage, strollers, or golf bags. Some notable standard features on the Toyota RAV4 that will make your life easier include its Entune® infotainment system, a rearview camera, and remote keyless entry.
The Ford Edge finds itself slotted into the midsize crossover segment. A five-passenger vehicle with enough space for three adults to sit comfortably in the back seat, the 2017 Ford Edge is offered in four trim levels. While driving the Ford Edge, you'll enjoy sedan-like comfort and composure. Its forgiving suspension cushions even large bumps in the road. Soft-touch materials only add to the feeling of luxury. Available options that allow you to customize your 2017 Ford Edge experience include a rear entertainment system, a tow package, and roof rails.
The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox offers cloth upholstery as a standard feature and seats up to five people. Leather seating is optional as are power-adjustable and heated front seats. In the back, there's lots of legroom. The ability of those rear seats to recline and slide increase this crossover's comfort and versatility. The center stack is easily reached by the driver and a rearview camera comes standard on this vehicle. The cargo space behind the second seat is ample enough for a week's worth of groceries or your family's carry-on luggage. Put that second seat down and you'll have enough room to help your friends move house.
Completely redesigned for 2017, the Honda CR-V leads with its stunningly reshaped exterior that comprises sculpted rear haunches and a brand-new front fascia. Inside, there's a modernized dashboard that includes an updated touchscreen and a digitally-enhanced instrument cluster. Offered in four trim levels, the Honda CR-V retains its signature composed handling and responsive cornering that make driving it a fun experience — even if you have a couple of car seats strapped into the rear seat. Clever storage compartments and thoughtful small-item storage make finding a place for everything easy and intuitive.
A five-passenger midsize SUV, the Nissan Rogue is the best crossover SUV according to CarMax sales data from 2017. Available in three primary trim levels, the 2017 Nissan Rogue also comes in a hybrid model. The base model comes with an impressive lineup of standard features including a rearview camera, an infotainment system with a 5-inch display, Bluetooth® streaming audio and phone and a clever system to manage cargo. Because the Nissan Rogue's ride is comfortable and its cabin is insulated from outside sounds, even extended family road trips will be pleasant and entertaining. Need more room? The S and SV models of the 2017 Nissan Rogue have third-row seating available. You'll be able to tow a small trailer or boat with the Nissan Rogue's standard 1,000-pound capacity (when properly equipped1). The configurable Divide-and-Hide® cargo system gives you the ability to make cubbies and shelves to stow a variety of items.
1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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