The popularity of crossover SUVs has reached an all-time high. In the eyes of many drivers, there is no other vehicle that offers more versatility.
Not only do today’s crossovers provide a comfortable ride, but some models are also strong enough to tow a heavy load. Furthermore, you now have access to a plethora of luxurious features. Here are the five best crossovers of 2018.
2018 Nissan Murano
Over the years, the Nissan Murano has been consistently ranked among the best family vehicles on the market. Drivers have grown to love its remarkably comfortable seats and flashy exterior styling. Strong crash test scores make the Murano an even more impressive crossover. While the base model has an attractive MSRP of $29,900, the top-of-the-line Platinum trim demands nearly $40,000.
Although the Murano’s V6 engine has been around for quite a while, it still proves to be an impressive power source. The proven engine develops a competitive 260 horsepower, which is enough muscle to ensure strong acceleration even in mountainous areas. Nissan’s fuel-saving Xtronic CVT transmission comes standard. According to the EPA, you can expect to get 21 mpg in town and 28 mpg on the highway. Although the Murano is not known for being incredibly sporty, its cushy ride is bound to leave you impressed.
Several nice features come standard on the new Murano, including Bluetooth phone integration and a 7.0-inch display screen. To go along with the Bluetooth, Nissan’s optional touch-screen infotainment system now includes Apple CarPlay. Aside from the Murano’s five-star safety rating, it offers helpful driving aids such as blind-spot monitoring and a 360-degree parking camera.
2018 Jaguar F-Pace
Despite the Jaguar F-Pace being one of the newest crossovers to hit the scene, it has already become a hot commodity. You will be amazed by the F-Pace’s elegant interior and sports sedan-like driving dynamics. Prices start around $42,000, which proves to be very reasonable for such a feature-packed SUV.
The F-Pace gives you an array of engines to choose from. While the turbocharged four-cylinder engine is strong, the supercharged V6 engine churns out an exciting 380 horsepower. You can also opt for a super fuel-efficient diesel engine that returns up to 33 mpg. When equipped with the optional adaptive suspension, the F-Pace becomes an especially sharp-handling crossover. A 5,300-pound towing capacity further highlights the F-Pace’s versatility.
Very few people will complain about the Jaguar F-Pace’s lengthy list of standard features. Whether you prefer classical or rap music, the 11-speaker Meridian audio system will sound spectacular. Several advanced safety technologies are available, too. Like the forward collision warning system, the crossover’s lane-keep assist feature works incredibly well in real-world driving conditions.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek
You can compare the redesigned 2018 Subaru Crosstrek to today’s best compact crossovers. Excellent legroom and a fuel-efficient design make the Crosstrek a great choice for any family. The capable AWD also gives you the ability to travel off the beaten path. Expect to pay around $23,500 for the well-equipped base model.
All versions of the Crosstrek come strapped with a 152-horsepower engine. Although the Crosstrek is not engineered to deliver an exhilarating performance, great handling makes it a pleasure to drive. To obtain the best possible fuel efficiency, opt for the automatic CVT. It is rated to return 27 mpg in urban areas and up to 33 on the highway.
Among the Crosstrek’s best attributes is its comfortable interior. Drivers will also love the Crosstrek’s easy-to-use controls. Featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Subaru’s updated Starlink infotainment system gets high marks for its simplicity. The available Harman Kardon sound system is a must for music lovers. Regarding passenger safety, expect the 2018 Crosstrek to remain a class leader. Unlike most of its rivals, the Crosstrek offers innovations such as reverse automatic braking and steering-responsive headlights.
2018 Audi Q7
Boasting three rows of seats, the 2018 Audi Q7 continues to impress drivers with its well-built interior and modern technologies. You can also take advantage of the Q7’s 7,700-pound towing capacity. With a MSRP of $50,875, the base Q7 is more than deserving of a test drive.
If you prefer fuel savings over extreme power, the base four-cylinder will get your attention. It develops a healthy 252 horsepower while delivering up to 25 mpg. On the other hand, some drivers will crave the supercharged V6 engine’s exciting performance. The 333-horsepower engine enables the Q7 to clock a brisk 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds. When it comes to road handling, very few three-row crossovers inspire drivers with more confidence than the new Q7.
The new Audi Q3 is packed with technology. Audi’s standard MMI infotainment system is a step above the competition. High-resolution graphics and a simple menu layout make it a breeze to use. Some of the other notable standard features include a backup camera, a 10-speaker sound system, and a panoramic sunroof. Audi’s revolutionary Digital Cockpit gauge cluster is optional. Advanced safety technologies, such as blind-spot detection and adaptive cruise control, are included in the optional Driver Assistance package.
2018 Honda Pilot
Always known for its bulletproof reliability, the 2018 Honda Pilot excels in all of the key areas that families care about the most. It is efficient, safe, and remarkably spacious. Even adults can comfortably fit in the Pilot’s third-row seat. An attractive MSRP of roughly $31,500 makes the Pilot a standout in value.
The Pilot’s standard V6 engine pumps out a solid 280 horsepower. Effortless acceleration helps keep drivers engaged throughout the day. Rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds, the Pilot should have no trouble pulling small campers and ATVs. Fuel economy is also a strong point for the new Pilot. An available nine-speed transmission enables the big crossover to deliver 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the freeway.
Some of the key standard features include a multi-angle backup camera, push-button start, and Bluetooth technology. Honda’s tablet-style infotainment system is certainly a tempting upgrade. While hauling your family around, the Pilot’s five-star safety rating will give you extra peace of mind. Blind-spot monitoring and automatic braking technology help you to stay on track at all times.