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Utility and convenience in one platform.

Best Crossover SUVs for 2018 | CarMax

Any car that successfully combines spaciousness and practicality is worth a second look. Crossover SUVs manage to do just that, bringing together the passenger and cargo capacity of SUVs and the maneuverability and handling of sedans into one platform. You can use a crossover for your daily commute to and from work, for running errands around town, taking your family on a road trip, or even an occasional off-road adventure.

To jumpstart your search, explore this list of the 10 best crossover SUVs for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle sales data from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019.

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

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GMC Terrain

Best Crossover SUV: GMC Terrain | CarMax

The GMC Terrain is a great compact SUV that is distinguished by its premium interior lined with refined materials and its available all-wheel drive. Now in its second generation, which started with the 2018 model year, it's available in four different trims with the base trim powered by a 1.5L, four-cylinder engine. For better performance, you can opt for the available 2.0L, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 252 horsepower.

With a total cargo capacity of 63.3 cubic feet once the 60/40-split-folding second-row seats are folded down, the 2018- and 2019-model-year GMC Terrain offers sufficient room for hauling all kinds of sporting gear, camping equipment, or for getting the most out of every run to the grocery store you make. Standard 2018–2019 features include:

  • Infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • Available all-wheel drive on all trim levels except for the base trim

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Nissan Pathfinder

Best Crossover SUV: Nissan Pathfinder | CarMax

One of the greatest things about the Nissan Pathfinder is the powerful engine that makes it stand out from the crowd and the third-row seats that increase passenger capacity to up to seven. Model years between 2017 and 2019 come standard with a 3.5L V6 engine that generates 284 horsepower paired to a continuous variable transmission.

The Pathfinder is available in four trim levels, with a maximum cargo capacity of 79.8 cubic feet. Standard features across the entire 2017–2019 lineup include:

  • Eight-inch touchscreen
  • Forward collision warning
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Bluetooth connectivity

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Kia Sorento

Best Crossover SUV: Kia Sorento | CarMax

The Kia Sorento got a facelift in 2018 as part of a mid-year redesign of the third generation that was introduced with the 2016 model year. 2018 and 2019 models come in five trims, with all-wheel drive available across the board. The base Kia Sorento L is powered by a 2.4L, four-cylinder engine combined with a six-speed automatic transmission for a total of 185 horsepower.

Standard on all trims from 2018:

  • UVO infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Satellite radio

The base model of the 2019 lineup gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with the 2.4L engine.1


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Ford Explorer

Best Crossover SUV: Ford Explorer | CarMax

One of the most spacious crossover SUVs, the Ford Explorer comes with third-row seating for a passenger capacity of up to seven. The 2019 model is part of the most recent sixth generation, with the base model powered by a 3.5L V6 engine, while a turbocharged 2.3L, four-cylinder along and a twin-turbo 3.5L, V6 are available as an option as well.

Starting with the 2017 model year, all trims come standard with Ford's SYNC® 3 infotainment system, with available features such as satellite radio and navigation. A four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is available on all trim levels of the 2019 model, as are:

  • Leather upholstery
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • Front and rear parking sensors, and much more

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Jeep Cherokee

Best Crossover SUV: Jeep Cherokee | CarMax

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is a compact yet comfortable SUV that can seat five passengers, with a maximum cargo capacity of 54.7 cubic feet. One of the major upgrades over previous model years is the standard Uconnect® infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen that's very intuitive and easy to use. Additional standard features on 2019 models include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Rear parking sensors
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seat

Standard on the 2019 model is a 2.4L, four-cylinder engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission for a total of 180 horsepower, but you can also opt for the 3.2L V6 or the 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine that generates 270 horsepower.


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Toyota RAV4

Best Crossover SUV: Toyota RAV4 | CarMax

Starting with model year 2017 when it underwent a significant redesign, the Honda CR-V is offered with an available turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 190 horsepower, as well as all-wheel drive across the entire lineup. While the base trim doesn't come with a lot of standard tech features, the higher three configurations are very well equipped (2017 onward) with technology like:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Push-button start
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Multimedia system with a seven-inch touchscreen

Model years 2017 through 2019 have a total cargo area of 75.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The base trim of the 2019 model, powered by a 1.5L, four-cylinder engine, gets an EPA-estimate 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.1


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Honda CR-V

Best Crossover SUV: Honda CR-V | CarMax

Starting with model year 2017 when it underwent a significant redesign, the Honda CR-V is offered with an available turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 190 horsepower, as well as all-wheel drive across the entire lineup. While the base trim doesn't come with a lot of standard tech features, the higher three configurations are very well equipped (2017 onward) with technology like:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Push-button start
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Multimedia system with a seven-inch touchscreen

Model years 2017 through 2019 have a total cargo area of 75.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The base trim of the 2019 model, powered by a 1.5L, four-cylinder engine, gets an EPA-estimate 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.1


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Ford Escape

Best Crossover SUVs: Ford Escape | CarMax

The 2017 model of the Ford Escape got a facelift for an improved interior and exterior design, as well as a new 1.5L turbo four-cylinder engine option. Ford added a new SEL trim to the lineup in 2018, which was updated with keyless entry and push-button start as standard features for the 2019 model year.

All but the base S trim (2019) also come with:

  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Satellite radio

SYNC® 3 infotainment system is part of the standard equipment on the SE, SEL, and Titanium trims of the 2019 model, featuring an eight-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


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Chevrolet Equinox

Best Crossover SUVs: Chevrolet Equinox | CarMax

The Chevrolet Equinox is now in its third generation, which was introduced for the 2018 model year. The 2018 and 2019 models are offered with three different engine options:

  • 1.5L four-cylinder
  • 1.6L four-cylinder
  • 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that generates 252 horsepower

2018 models onward boast a total cargo capacity of 63 cubic feet. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as are forward collision warning and lane-keeping assist.


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Nissan Rogue

Best Crossover SUVs: Nissan Rogue | CarMax

With a spacious cabin that is lined with high-grade materials and boasts abundant cargo capacity, the Nissan Rogue is one of the most practical and comfortable crossover SUVs out there. With the second-row seats folded down, the 2019 model has a cargo area of 70 cubic feet, which is more than most other crossovers. What's more, it's packed with advanced tech features as part of the standard equipment, such as:

  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

The entire lineup sports the same powertrain—a 2.5L, four-cylinder engine paired to a continuously variable transmission delivering 170 horsepower. All-wheel drive is available on all trim levels.

Combining the utility typical of large SUVs with the flexibility and convenience of sedans, crossovers are an excellent choice if you're looking for a vehicle that can easily get around town and navigate crowded city streets and tight parking areas. These vehicles are also great if you want to hit the open road on a comfortable long-distance trip with family or friends.

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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.
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