The world of SUVs has opened up and provided us with an array of impressive choices. Crossover SUVs offer all the function of larger SUVs, without the large and bulky size. But how do you know which crossover SUV is the best choice? Here are five of the best-rated crossover SUVs available on the market today.
1. 2019 Subaru Forester
There’s no surprise that the Subaru Forester made U.S. News’ list of the “Best Crossover SUVs of 2019.” Subaru has been producing some of the safest and more reliable vehicles on the road for decades, with the Forester always marching to the beat of its own drum.
The 2019 Forester promises to be just as impressive as previous years, with its rugged design built for both families and adventure. According to CNET RoadShow, the 2019 Subaru Forester is capable, comfortable, and a “good value for the money” at under $30,000.
Though the new Forester may have lost its turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive comes standard along with a slew of safety and tech features. It gains points for great fuel economy, averaging 33 mpg on the highway. Its 2.5-liter engine produces 182 horsepower allows for good acceleration, while its handling makes steering light and agile. And as other Subarus of the past, the Forester receives impressive safety scores.
2. 2019 Toyota RAV4
Even though Consumer Reports gave the new Toyota RAV4 a cool overall score of 77, it’s also been given the number four spot on their list of best compact SUVs. The RAV4 has a long-standing tradition of blending function and reliability, at an affordable price.
The 2019 RAV4 starts out at under $30,000 and continues to set the standard for its class. It comes with a slew of standard safety features like pedestrian detection, a 360-degree camera, parking sensors, collision warning, and even driver drowsiness monitoring. It also comes with an impressive fuel economy of 38 mpg on the highway.
Choose the RAV4 Hybrid, and your fuel economy only gets better. The RAV4 receives high scores in safety, as well as customer satisfaction. The four-cylinder engine puts out a powerful 203 horsepower, making the crossover SUV powerful and ready to hit the road.
3. 2019 Mazda CX-5
While cargo and passenger space in the new CX-5 may be lacking in comparison to other crossover SUVs, Mazda has made up for it with everything else.
Though not extra spacious, the interior of the Mazda CX-5 is comfortable and luxurious. And though the cargo space may appear to be lacking, the CX-5’s rear seats can be folded down for extra room. The CX-5 comes standard with a high-end infotainment system. Plus it has access to safety tech like low-speed automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
You’ll also get ventilated seats and access to connectivity options like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2019 CX-5 has been named by Edmunds as the second-best of all small SUVs, giving it a consumer rating of 4.5 stars (out of five) and an overall rating of 8.1 out of 10. Starting at around $24,000, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is quiet, handles well, and is fun to drive.
4. 2020 Kia Telluride
Brand new and ready to impress, the Kia Telluride is the surprise of the 2019 year. It boasts impressive cargo space, premium interior options, and strong performance. Starting at just over $30,000, the 2020 Kia Telluride offers two rows of spacious seating, with an optional third-row in the back.
The Telluride also comes with a laundry list of standard safety features like automatic emergency braking, a driver attention monitor, and a blind spot collision avoidance system. Consumer Reports gives the new Kia Telluride an impressive overall score of 90 (out of 100), with a road test score of 97 and a predicted owner satisfaction score of 4 out of 5.
These scores make it one of Consumer Reports’ highest-ranked crossovers. The Telluride comes standard with a powerful 3.8-liter engine and an eight-speed, automatic transmission. Though it lags in its handling, the Telluride offers a luxury experience at a decent price.
5. 2019 Honda CR-V
The new Honda CR-V has been rated highly by U.S. News, Consumer Reports, and more. It has a starting price of under $30,000 but offers a wide variety of features for the affordable price.
According to U.S. News, the 2019 CR-V is their number one pick for compact SUVs, SUVs with two rows, and crossover SUVs. And it’s easy to see why, with a spacious interior, impressive cargo space, and luxuriously-comfortable ride.
The 2019 CR-V is praised for its superior handling, acceleration, and fuel economy which can average between 32-34 mph on the highway. Standard safety and tech features are significantly less present in the CR-V base model than in upper trims, but overall safety ratings for the CR-V are above average.
Options in trim levels provide choices between front-wheel and all-wheel drive, as well as the choice between a 2.4-liter or 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.