Top Crossover SUVs of 2019

People travel more now than they ever have before. Road trips, vacations, and long commutes are a reality of life in modern society.

Sport utility vehicles provide one way to combat the variety of situations you might encounter on the road, but if you’re looking for a more comfortable ride, a crossover SUV is the superior choice. These SUVs, placed on car platforms instead of truck platforms, are a growing class in the automotive industry with several great showings in 2019.

2019 Mazda CX-9

While the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is one of the best crossover SUVs of 2019, ultimately the changes made for this model year weren’t massive. An upgraded standard suspension increases the comfort of your ride substantially, but little else has changed.

Trims

  • Sport: $32,280
  • Touring: $35,330
  • Grand Touring: $40,840
  • Signature: $45,365

All trims except the Signature come with a choice of four-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Performance and Fuel Efficiency

The CX-9 is equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine yielding 227-horsepower using regular fuel. That’s enough to make driving this vehicle snappy. Plus, the relatively low weight allows the SUV to transition between lanes on the highway and pass other drivers without much effort. With premium fuel, this engine gets 250-horsepower, so you’ll have the option to upgrade your performance if the need arises. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard.

The engine feels like a V6 but gets the mileage you’d expect from its size. 22 mpg in city traffic and 28 mpg on the highway give it excellent economy that only falls a little in all-wheel-drive versions.

Entertainment and Safety Features

The standard infotainment interface is equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen and easy-to-use controls that function intuitively for the driver. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are the only major upgrades that come with higher trims, but they’re useful enough to make the Touring and higher trims look appealing.

The range of standard safety features in the CX-9 is wider than usual for the class, ranging from a rearview camera to blind spot monitoring to automatic emergency brakes. Additional available features include forward collision warnings, adaptive cruise control, and automatic windshield wipers.

2019 BMW X1

The BMW X1 has been updated for 2019 to include a touchscreen in the infotainment system and a variety of standard safety features. As a standout from 2018, the X1 doesn’t need much to make it one of 2019’s best.

Trims

  • sDrive28i: $34,950
  • xDrive28i: $36,950

These two trims are virtually identical except that the xDrive28i comes in all-wheel-drive while the standard trim uses front-wheel.

Performance and Fuel Efficiency

A turbocharged two-liter engine yields 228-horsepower in a direct-injection system that, paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission, makes the X1 a formidable contender. You’ll find that it’s tiered more towards luxury and comfort than any kind of elite performance, but that’s a standard trait in crossover SUVs.

The fuel economy for the X1 is equally competent. 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway establish the X1 as a safe choice if you’re concerned about rising gas prices.

Entertainment and Safety Features

The newly standard 6.5-inch touchscreen is paired with one of the more expansive standard infotainment suites in the class. Seven speakers, in-built navigation systems, and voice control are just a few of the offerings in every trim. If you’re especially interested in luxury, an 8.8-inch touchscreen and 12-speaker audio system are available.

Most of the safety features you’ll want in a crossover SUV come standard in the X1. Parking sensors and pedestrian detection are only the beginning in a suite that includes automatic headlights and collision prevention designed specifically for city driving. An additional heads-up display is available.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Improvements in the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox are limited largely to small changes in cabin convenience – pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control are now standard, making it a slightly safer drive.

Trims

  • L: $23,800
  • LS: $25,900
  • LT: $27,200
  • Premier: $31,100

Performance and Fuel Efficiency

The standard engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder boasting a meager 170-horsepower. Despite being less powerful than the standard offerings in other standouts of the class, the Equinox is competent in all but the most strenuous circumstances. If you’ve got a need for speed, however, you can upgrade to a superior 252-horsepower turbo engine. The 137-horsepower turbodiesel merits consideration purely because of superior fuel mileage.

26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway make even the standard engine a great option. If you’ve upgraded to the turbodiesel, you’ll see class-topping 28 mpg city driving and 39 mpg on the highway.

Entertainment and Safety Features

A seven-inch touchscreen comes standard with a variety of other features like a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot and six speakers. It can be upgraded with an eight-inch touchscreen and a sunroof as well as wireless phone chargers.

Chevrolet equipped the Equinox with their standard Teen Driver system, allowing you to mitigate the speed of others when they’re driving your car. Otherwise, a rearview camera is the only other standard safety feature. That said, the available options are broad and include every available tech option offered in the class.

2019 Audi Q7

This luxury crossover SUV has seen a few changes in the 2019 year. Nothing has been added, but features have been shifted between the various models.

Trims

  • Premium: $53,550
  • Premium Plus: $56,900
  • Prestige: $68,700

Performance and Fuel Efficiency

The standard turbocharged engine puts out 248-horsepower and performs sufficiently to make the Q7 snappy on the road. However, a fully loaded car might feel noticeably slower. If you’ve got a big family, you might feel inclined to look towards the available 329-horsepower V6. Either way, they’ll come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Both engines have the same fuel economy. 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway sit lower than the other standouts from the crossover class.

Entertainment and Safety Features

This is a luxury vehicle. As such, the standard features in the cabin reflect it.

An 8.3-inch interface is only the beginning of a wide suite that includes navigation systems and smartphone pairing. Available improvements take that already large screen up to a staggering 12.3-inch cluster of digital tools that Audi calls their “virtual cockpit”.

The Audi PreSense system comes standard with forward collision sensors and automatic braking. You can also upgrade your Q7 with such features as traffic sign recognition and night vision assistance.

Final Thoughts

No matter which crossover SUV you choose, you can be sure that they’ll combine sporty performance with a comfortable ride for the whole family. The decision comes down to the features you want and the ones you can live without.

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