Searching for a new vehicle that’s great for families and practical enough for everyday driving? Today’s crossover SUVs combine the stability of driving a car with the versatility of an SUV. The best new crossover SUVs handle exceedingly well, providing minimal body lean on turns. Additionally, they usually offer much better gas mileage than their regular SUV counterparts. If you are looking for a vehicle that offers plenty of passenger space, a lot of trunk space, and great performance, the top SUV crossovers from Honda, Mazda and Subaru are excellent choices. Read on to learn more about these great 2018 SUV crossover options.
Best 2018 SUV Crossovers
- Honda CR-V
- Mazda CX-5
- Subaru Forester
If you want a family vehicle that can get you through the week, the 2018 Honda CR-V is a terrific choice for a number of reasons. It’s comfortable interior features supportive seats that are adjustable and come with the necessary attachments for a child car seat. If its cargo space you need, the CR-V offers a huge cargo area that provides up to 75.8 cubic feet of space. This is great for picking up groceries for the whole family or even home improvement supplies and small furnishings. The interior is also well-equipped with features like a four-speaker audio system and an infotainment system complete with a disploay, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and a USB port. Performance is impressive too thanks to a 184-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. There’s also an optional 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that generates 190 horsepower and gets a most-impressive 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. While front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is available providing a smoother ride on rough terrain.
- Gets up to 190 horsepower
- Offers a decent number of features
- Great passenger and cargo space
One of the most renowned crossovers on the market is the 2018 Mazda CX-5. This year, Mazda is really blowing much of the competition out of the water, providing an upscale interior, great performance, an excellent fuel economy and a long list of standard features. The sleek interior features standard cloth seats but also offers suede and leather upholstery options. Seats are tremendously supportive which can be important for long drives with the family. It doesn’t offer the greatest cargo area with its 59.6 cubic foot maximum capacity, but it should be sufficient for most families. The CX-5’s list of standard features includes a four-speaker audio system, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display, Bluetooth, HD radio, a rearview camera, multiple USB ports and voice activation. You’ll even get a few driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring, automatic braking, and rear cross traffic alert. Standard with ever CX-5 is a 187-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway
- 187-horsepower engine
- A ton of standard features including some driver assistance features
- Gets 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway
One of the most affordable and powerful crossovers on the market is the 2018 Subaru Forester. Starting at a mere $22,795, you’ll get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 170 horsepower and comes with a smooth automatic transmission. Getting 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, the Forester’s fuel economy estimates are comparable to the CX-5 and the CR-V. It’s carlike handling is definitely welcoming for drivers who aren’t used to the experience of driving an SUV. The front seats are supportive and provide great visibility of the road. Its rear seats offer plenty of legroom. While the Forester doesn’t offer a ton of features it offers important ones like a basic 6.2-inch infotainment system, Bluetooth, four-speaker audio and a USB port. It also offers a generous cargo area – up to 74.7 cubic feet with the seats folded down.
- Affordable price
- Powerful engine with great fuel economy
- Generous cargo area
If you want an SUV that’s comfortable to drive and is versatile enough to accommodate your passengers and cargo needs, any of the best SUV crossovers of the year would make an excellent choice. Check out the top options at their respective dealerships to learn more.