NWMS Buyer’s Guide for the Best Crossovers

check out this buyer's guide for the best crossovers at NWMS

12 of the Best Used Crossovers on the Market

Crossover vehicles are enjoying a growing surge in popularity with car buyers. More and more drivers are coming around to what the best crossovers have to offer. This includes perks like the cargo space and visibility on the road of an SUV… but with better fuel economy and a noticeably more comfortable ride. They don’t have the same offroad ability that their traditional SUV cousins do, but the trade-off is more savings in your pocket!

What Exactly is a Crossover?

so what exactly is a Crossover - type vehicle?

If you’re confused about the difference between an SUV and a Crossover, don’t you worry! Let us break it down for you. It all has to do with how these vehicles are built.

A crossover utility vehicle (CUV) is built with unibody construction. This means that it’s built with the platform of a passenger car. Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are often truck-based and are built as body-on-frame. For a deep dive into what this difference means for you, click here.

To make things more confusing, there’s some overlap between CUVs and SUVs. “Crossover” is a relatively recent term, coined by manufacturers to describe vehicles that share positive qualities of both SUVs and more compact passenger cars. These qualities include better mileage, a more comfortable passenger experience, and greater stability on the road.

Here are our picks for the best crossovers on the market!

here are our top picks for the best crossovers on the market

Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox is a reliable, affordable compact SUV with a high crash safety rating. Standard features include an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto touchscreen infotainment system. 

In addition to its rear-seat reminder and the rearview camera, the 2018 Equinox has another safety feature called “teen driver.” This allows you to set limits on speed and stereo volume. It also includes reminder alerts for seatbelt use, or for exceeding a preselected speed. This makes it the perfect vehicle for a young driver’s first experience on the road!

The Chevrolet Equinox is one of the best crossovers on the market today

The Equinox is available in four trim levels: 

  • Chevrolet Equinox L
  • LS
  • LT
  • Premier

Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is another great compact crossover with a high safety rating. This one definitely favors dependability and fuel efficiency over flash and frills. That said, it still offers a smooth, comfortable ride. Consumer Reports rated it among the most fuel-efficient SUVs, making the case that spacious comfort doesn’t have to come at the expense of fuel economy!

the Toyota Rav4 is one of the best crossovers on the market today!

The Toyota RAV4 is available in 5 trim levels:

  • Toyota RAV4 LE
  • XLE
  • XLE Premium
  • Adventure
  • Limited

Subaru Forester

Another compact SUV that’s safe, spacious, and affordable. With its standard smart, symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, the Forester is one of the safest cars you can own for driving in the snow.

the subaru forester is a great family car

The Forester is available in six trim levels:

  • Subaru Forester 2.5i
  • Premium 2.5i
  • Limited 2.5i
  • Touring 2.5i
  • 2.0 XT Premium
  • 2.0 XT Touring

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is one of the most dependable crossovers on the road. In fact, the 2020 Honda CR-V was ranked the best compact SUV for 2020 by U.S. News & World Report. It also ranked #1 in Best Crossover SUVs for 2020 and #1 in Best SUVs With 2 Rows for 2020. Placing on any of those lists is a solid endorsement of quality – but the CR-V is #1 in all three!

This is because of its great fuel economy, comfortable, spacious cabin, and ample cargo space. If you’re looking for a smaller crossover, this is one to look into.

the Honda CRV s one of the best crossovers on the market today!

The Honda CR-V is available in four trim levels:

  • Honda CR-V LX
  • EX
  • EX-L
  • Touring

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a more affordable, compact version of the Outlander. It can still comfortably seat five and gets better mileage as well. Its 2.4 Inline 4-cylinder engine also has the comparable horsepower to the Outlander. The Outlander Sport checks off a lot of boxes at a competitive price!

we love the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of our absolute favorite crossovers!

The Outlander Sport is available in four trim levels:

  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES
  • SE
  • SP
  • GT

Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue is another compact SUV that belongs on a list of the best crossovers. It rides smoothly, handles well, and gets above-average fuel economy and reliability ratings. It’s also known for its many standard safety features. These include a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, and forward-collision warning.

The Nissan Rogue is one of the best crossovers on the market today!

The Nissan Rogue comes in three trim levels:

  • Nissan Rogue S
  • SV
  • SL

Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee is a crossover that shows you don’t need to sacrifice off-road capability. In fact, it beats practically every other compact SUV in that department. It will handle well no matter what terrain it encounters, and it will keep you and your family safe on and off the roads.

Who doesn't love the classic Jeep Cherokee model?

The Cherokee is available in five trim levels:

  • Jeep Cherokee Latitude
  • Latitude Plus
  • Limited
  • Trailhawk
  • Overland

Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is another contender among the best crossovers on the market. It’s known for stellar reliability ratings. Its above-average reliability translates into a consistently high predicted resale value. It also gets much better fuel economy than you’d expect for a 3-row midsize crossover!

the Toyota Highlander is a very popular family crossover vehicle

The Highlander is available in six trim levels:

  • Toyota Highlander LE
  • LE Plus
  • XLE
  • SE
  • Limited
  • Limited Platinum

Ford Escape

No list of the best crossovers would be complete without the Ford Escape. If top-quality driving dynamics is important to you, this is a crossover to keep in mind. It handles exceptionally well and gets great gas mileage, too. It comes standard with a 180 HP 3-cylinder Ecoboost turbocharged engine, but there is a 250 HP engine option as well.

the Ford Escape is one of the best crossovers on the market today!

The Ford Escape is available in four trim levels:

  • Ford Escape S
  • SE
  • SEL
  • Titanium

GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain is a compact SUV that is exceptionally comfortable, safe, and reliable. It has a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is a spacious, secure, and accommodating crossover that’s perfect for getting the family where you need to go.

families love the GMC Terrain crossover

The GMC Terrain is available in four trims:

  • GMC Terrain SL
  • SLE
  • SLT
  • Denali

Nissan Murano

The Nissan Murano is a midsize SUV that can comfortably seat the whole family. Comfort is prioritized over handling agility, but if you aren’t in the habit of taking fast, wild turns, it’s perfectly stable. Also, it boasts a five-star safety rating and includes features such as forward collision warning and a rearview camera.

the Nissan Murano is a sleek, smooth crossover

The Nissan Murano is available in four trim levels:

  • Nissan Murano S
  • SV
  • SL
  • Platinum

Mazda CX-5

At last, we arrive at the Mazda CX-5. While all of the crossovers on the list have something special to offer, this one stands alone in one area. Of all the crossovers listed here, this is probably the most fun to drive. Its handling is on another level than its rivals, making for a smooth, powerful ride!

the Mazda CX-5 is a fantastic choice in a Crossover vehicle

The Mazda CX-5 is available in five trim levels:

  • Mazda CX-5 Sport
  • Touring
  • Grand Touring
  • Grand Touring Reserve
  • Signature

You Can’t Go Wrong With Any of the Best Crossovers

You can't go wrong with a crossover! They're some of the best cars on the market today.

You’ve got quite a few options on the table! Crossovers deliver the comfort and fuel economy of a sedan, but the utility and cargo of a much bigger vehicle. If you want to enjoy the best of both worlds, maybe it’s a good time for you to “cross over?”

Whatever you’re looking for, we’re happy to help you with your buying journey. We welcome you to come on over to any of our 11 locations in Washington state!