10 Best Crossover SUVs of 2018

A lot of consumers are in the market for a crossover SUV. In this piece, we will be examining ten of the most popular 2018 crossover options. For each entry discussed, we will review the cost, the most important pros and cons, and also some standard specs.

2018 Honda CR-V

The total wallet damage for this entry starts at around $24,150. Here are some memorable pros to consider: a high safety rating, an ample amount of attractive inside space, and a dependable nature that is well-suited for daily use. Perhaps the only con worth mentioning would be the lack of standard features at the model’s base price. Standard features still included with other models (i.e. automatic transmission,) are neglected from the entry point here. With this being the most commonly cited complaint from most critics, this model ranks quite high on the final rating scale.

Towing capacity- 1,500 pounds
MPG- 28/34 (city/highway)
Cargo volume in cubed feet- Just under 40 all the way to slightly over 75 (with seats removed)

2018 Mazda CX-5

The base price point is between $24,150 and $25,000. A few of the most important pros are that it has a luxurious interior (especially for the price), a respectable tow capacity, and smooth handling. Frequently cited cons are that it has a slight lack of power (four-cylinder engine), limited cargo space, and a lack of more basic features at the base level (as with the Honda CR-V).

Towing capacity- 2,000 pounds
MPG- 25/31 (city/highway)
Cargo volume in cubed feet- Around 30 to just under 60 (with seats removed)

2018 Toyota Highlander

With a price tag clocking in at $30,030 for the initial base, this is clearly a more expensive model. In terms of pros, though, this car is not lacking in the slightest. With this model, we have the durability and high resale value of any Toyota, a powerful engine, and even a hybrid option to choose from. Cons to consider include its high starting price and lower fuel economy than some of the other models — however, there is a hybrid option to counteract this.

Towing capacity- Varies from 1,500 to 5,000 pounds
MPG- 21/27 (city/highway)
Cargo volume in cubed feet- Manufacturer and critics prefer seating capacity for this model which varies from 7-8 persons

2018 Hyundai Tucson

You are going to sink about $22,500 in for this one at base cost. Some of the more exciting pros to note are a longer manufacturer’s warranty than most, high crash test scores, and a reliability level that is only paralleled by Toyota. While the base engine provides enough power, the acceleration often lacks (this is common with Hyundai vehicles). However, this is one of only a few notable downfalls.

Towing capacity- 1,000 pounds
MPG- 25/30 (city/highway)
Cargo volume in cubed feet- Around 31 to just under 62 (with seats removed)

2018 Subaru Outback

The initial base cost for these outback models is usually around $26,000. A few of the critics’ favorite pros include the four-wheel drive options being offered standard for all models, as well as an easy-to-use entertainment system. The “Eyesight Safety Suite” feature not being offered on the more modestly-trimmed models is the most commonly cited con.

Towing capacity- 2,700 pounds
MPG- 25/32 (city/highway)
Cargo volume in cubed feet- Around 35 to 73 (with seats removed)

2018 Ford Escape

If you have a little under $24,000 to spend as a base ($23,940 in most cities), you can purchase a 2018 Ford Escape. In addition to tech features that are very user-friendly (as with the last model), we have a crossover that is most notably smooth-handling in nature. The primary con is with the fuel economy, as people often expect a better one at this price point.

Towing capacity- 1,500 to 2000 pounds
MPG- 23/30 (city/highway)
Cargo volume in cubed feet- Around 34 to just under 68 (with seats removed)

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

For a little under $30,000, you can own the base model of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. The primary con is that the vehicle suffers from some of the worse fuel economy out of the bunch. The impressive handling of the V-6 engine is a commonly toted pro, however it is not available on all models.

Towing capacity- 1,500 pounds
MPG- 20/26 (city/highway)
Cargo volume in cubed feet- Manufacturer and critics prefer seating capacity for this model which varies from 7-8 persons.

2018 Toyota Rav4

$24,510 is the magic dollar amount that marks the base for our second Toyota entry. An important pro that makes this model stand out is the fact that it is smaller than some of the others, but still manages a cargo volume that is on par with the larger models. The interior is most commonly brought up when cons are discussed. Critics describe it to be somewhat basic and uninspired.

Towing capacity- 1,500 to 3,500 pounds
MPG- 23/30 (city/highway)
Cargo volume in cubed feet- 38 to 73 (with the seats removed)

2018 Lexus RX350

At $43,270, this model has the highest base cost. As with most Lexus models, luxury is the name of the game. Advanced safety features and great handling are both pros that are definitely worth mentioning. A smaller cargo volume coupled with a difficult tech/entertainment interface are commonly discussed cons.

Towing capacity- 4,222 to 4,387 pounds
MPG- 20/27 (city/highway)
Cargo volume in cubed feet- 18 to 56 (with the seats removed)

2018 Infiniti QX-50

Infiniti debuted the QX-50 in the Fall of 2017 as a concept crossover. The world has been eagerly anticipating it since. Many critics are hoping that it will offer a viable alternative to the Lexus option. As many critics anticipate that it will be worth the wait, you’ll require just under $37,000 to find out for yourself on the release date!

There you have it, the ten most important 2018 crossovers to consider. This article should serve as a good starting point for you as you begin the shopping process. We had a lot to cover here, so we recommend doing further research on those selections that appeal to you the most.


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