SUVs had become the family vehicle of choice. Crossovers then took over because they offered SUV practicality with car-levels of comfort. They’re easier to drive, easier to park, and come loaded with the latest infotainment and safety tech. Read on and find out why they’re the complete package, and why you should buy one.
Crossovers once resembled SUVs, but were cheaper. What made them stand out was that they were marketed for their style. Carmakers like Honda, Toyota, and Subaru are still selling crossovers they launched a decade ago. They keep these models fresh with regular design updates. Other players launch exciting designs that lure new buyers into the fun world of the crossover.
While a crossover isn’t as rugged as a traditional SUV, it does offer many SUV-esque perks. You get the rugged styling, comfy interiors, all-wheel drive, high-seating position and visibility, space, and practicality. But what wins the argument is better fuel-efficiency. Crossovers are lighter than SUVs and have engines designed to balance power and economy. Thanks to intense competition, carmakers are always trying to make their crossovers more efficient without compromising fun and power.
Another advantage of intense competition is lower base prices. Most crossovers start around $20,000. And even the ones around that price range come with a decent set of standard features. Another factor that helps keep prices low is that crossovers cost less to make than SUVs, thanks to their unibody architecture. Their drivetrains are also usually from the manufacturer’s other cars.
Crossovers are excellent at combining the benefits of many different segments. Some feature SUV-like towing capacities of up to 5,000 pounds. Many even have all-wheel drive. They also have the practicality of minivans without the boring design, e.g., fold-down seats, high-end electronics, tech toys, and third-row seating. There are even luxurious and sporty crossovers from high-end brands.
Crossovers now offer third-row seats like minivans while being less expensive and more efficient. The combination is hard to beat. It works even though the third-row of a crossover is usually cramped. But newer models are improving on this. And families everywhere are happy.