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Best Crossover SUVs for 2018 | CarMax

Crossover SUVs are a popular vehicle option, especially among those who want to enjoy the space and features of an SUV without compromising on handling, maneuverability, or visibility. Many crossover SUVs also have practical utility applications, including towing and even off-roading capabilities (among options with all-wheel drive). If you're in the market for a new-to-you vehicle and these features appeal to you, now is a great time to begin your search for a crossover SUV.

Get started on your search with our list of the best crossover SUVs of 2019, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from June 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018.

  1. Lexus RX-350
  2. Nissan Pathfinder
  3. Kia Sorento
  4. Toyota RAV4
  5. Jeep Cherokee
  6. Ford Explorer
  7. Honda CR-V
  8. Chevrolet Equinox
  9. Ford Escape
  10. Nissan Rogue


Lexus RX 350

Best Crossover SUVs: Lexus RX-350 | CarMax

If a luxury vehicle is more along the lines of what you're looking for, then the 2018 Lexus RX 350 is certainly worth a look. This five-passenger crossover is offered in both base and F Sport trims, with standard features including a 3.5-liter V6 engine, dual-zone automatic climate control for added comfort, keyless entry/ignition, and simulated leather upholstery. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available as an upgrade in both trim levels.Additional package options, including the Navigation package and Luxury package, offer extra features as well.


Nissan Pathfinder

Best Crossover SUVs: Nissan Pathfinder | CarMax

Whereas most crossover SUVs offer seating for five passengers, some go above and beyond by making space for up to seven. The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is one of these vehicles. The Pathfinder is available in four trim levels, including the base S, SV, SL, and Platinum. Standard features are generous and include a 3.5-liter V6 engine, tri-zone climate control, a rearview camera, eight-inch touchscreen, automatic emergency braking, and roof rails for added utility.


Kia Sorento

Best Crossover SUVs: Kia Sorento | CarMax

The 2018 Kia Sorento is offered in both five- and seven-passenger configurations, making this a great choice for those who want to be able to choose the specific size that's right for them. In addition to this, the 2018 Sorento is offered in five different trim levels with three engines from which to choose—the standard of which is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Other standard features on the versatile Sorento include a rearview camera, Bluetooth® connectivity, satellite radio, and selectable drive modes for an improve driving experience.


Toyota RAV4

Best Crossover SUVs: Toyota RAV4 | CarMax

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is a sportier vehicle option that offers seating for up to five passengers. In addition to the multiple trim options available, drivers and passengers alike will enjoy the surprising amount of interior storage and seating space. Even with the rear seats in use, you'll have plenty of room for everyday items such as groceries, luggage, sports equipment, and strollers—making this an excellent family vehicle. Meanwhile, convenient standard features include a rearview camera, keyless entry, and a touchscreen interface.


Jeep Cherokee

Best Crossover SUVs: Jeep Cherokee | CarMax

When you're looking for a vehicle that's ready to take you off the beaten path, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee is the way to go. This crossover is known for its off-roading abilities and is available in numerous trim options, including the popular Trailhawk trim that offers a compact design and seating for up to five passengers. This trim comes with a powerful V6 engine, a spacious interior, and other convenient features such as a touchscreen infotainment system.

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Ford Explorer

Best Crossover SUVs: Ford Explorer | CarMax

The 2018 Ford Explorer straddles the line between crossover and full-size SUV with its three rows of seating and space for up to seven passengers. However, its relatively compact design and unconventional frame design make this vehicle drive more like a sedan than an SUV. Available in five different trim options, the 2018 Explorer comes standard with features like voice commands, a rearview camera, and 18-inch wheels. Upgrade to the XLT trim and you'll enjoy a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 or optional 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.


Honda CRV

Best Crossover SUVs: Honda CR-V | CarMax

The 2018 Honda CR-V is frequently making our "top rated" lists, and for good reason. Not only does it offer ample passenger seating and cargo space, but a wide range of four trim offerings as well. The base LX trim may be pretty "bare bones," but even stepping up to the next EX trim will get you such generous features as a turbocharged engine, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and a sunroof. Combine this will capable handling and acceleration and you've got a small SUV that's a joy to drive.


Chevrolet Equinox

Best Crossover SUVs: Chevrolet Equinox | CarMax

The Chevrolet Equinox sees a complete redesign for the 2018 model year, offering an overall smaller profile (and lighter weight) without sacrificing performance or available features. Even in its base trim, the 2018 Equinox offers 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, engine stop-start system, rearview camera, and 17-inch wheels. This, along with its generous interior comfort and storage space, make the Equinox a great choice if you're looking for a practical five-passenger crossover.


Ford Escape

Best Crossover SUVs: Ford Escape | CarMax

Offering some of the best cargo storage space in its class (up to 68 cubic feet with rear seats folded down), the 2018 Ford Escape is a worthy contender for those looking for a spacious crossover that's fun to drive. It also comes in a wide range of four trim levels, with standard features including a capable 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, smartphone integration, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system. The 2018 Escape also boasts excellent steering and handling thanks to its smart design.


Nissan Rogue

Best Crossover SUVs: Nissan Rogue | CarMax

The 2018 Nissan Rogue is really ahead of its time, with this model year seeing optional features like ProPilot Assist, designed for automatic accelerating, braking, and steering on its Platinum package. For this model year, the Rogue also comes solely in a two-row configuration rather than three-rows, allowing it to fit nicely into the crossover category with a more streamlined profile. Standard features on the base S trim are generous and include a 7-inch touchscreen display, easy-folding seats, a rearview camera, and blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert.

For many drivers, a crossover SUV can strike a nice balance between practical and spacious—all while offering convenient features like hands-free power liftgates, premium sound systems, automatic climate control, and more. If you're considering an SUV for your next vehicle purchase but don't want anything too large or cumbersome, a crossover SUV is definitely worth considering. From sportier models like the Lexus RX 350 and Toyota RAV4, to more practical crossovers like the Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape, you have no shortage of options.

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