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Donald Shrader
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What Crossover Suv Should I Buy


Small SUVs, also known as crossovers, are big business for carmakers. Most models are based on supermini underpinnings but boast the raised driving position and extra flexibility that many motorists crave. This combination of lower running costs and more space allows these small SUVs to not only appeal as viable supermini alternatives, but also as rivals to more traditional family cars.

Toyotas are generally some of the most reliable cars on their market, and so, usually, is their best-sold crossover/SUV, the RAV4. However, if there are model years to avoid when shopping for a used RAV4, keep an eye out for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 models. Problem? Excessive oil consumption.

Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC) with Stop & Go and Curve Control can help automatically adjust vehicle speed when driving on highways by using road information from the navigation system. NSCC only operates on main roads of select highways, and does not operate at interchanges or junctions. NSCC should not be used in poor weather, heavy or varying traffic, on winding or slippery roads, or if the navigation system is not working properly. NSCC is a driver convenience feature and not a collision avoidance or warning device. Driver remains responsible for checking the speed limit and distance to the vehicle ahead, steering the vehicle and slowing or stopping the vehicle to avoid a collision. See Owner's Manual for further details and limitations.

Traditional SUVs are few and far between these days. Most car manufacturers have moved to crossovers, due to fewer people actually requiring a full-sized SUV and living more urban lifestyles than rural.

In contrast, crossovers, are typically always front-wheel drive. While AWD options are available for some models, you simply don't have the same ability to go into tough terrains due to the car's platform.

Combined with its lower weight, most crossovers have a much better fuel efficiency than traditional SUVs. With lower CO2 emissions, you're also looking at less car tax and (usually) a lower insurance band.

How does the safety of a crossover size up? Well, they're much the same. The larger your car, the less likely you're going to be injured - so an SUV is marginally safer due to its slightly bigger size.

A crossover offers the look of a Sports Utility Vehicle with more on-road practicality. Automakers have capitalised on this trend, with nearly every manufacturer offering small to medium crossover vehicles.

The Mazda CX-5's SkyActiv technology makes it one of the most efficient crossovers on the market. The CX-5 has both fuel-efficient diesel models and nippy petrol options with low insurance bands. With a practical boot, a spacious and well-designed interior, the Mazda CX-5 is a fantastic crossover.

With a slick design, a super cool panoramic sunroof, and Audi's obsessive attention to detail, the Q3 is a great crossover for small families. This crossover SUV is perfect for those who like the bigger body style, without the rigidity.

Honda has dominated crossover sales since 2012, with this 4x4 SUV reigning as the best-selling model. With Honda now introducing a hybrid version, the CR-V is almost certainly going to continue to be a hit. With a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating, you can rest assured you're traveling in safety.

The much bigger brother of the Q3 crossover, this full-sized beast has an enormous cabin packed full of Audi's excellent tech. While still a tall SUV, the Q8 has a coupe-like body giving it a streamlined look.

Peek around for some crossovers under the new-car average transaction price of about $42,000 and you'll be met with surprising quantities of quality. And if you're the techie sort, you're in luck, because many of these vehicles pack some of the coolest tech offered across the entire automotive industry. Here are some of our favorites in that price rage.

Like all Mazdas, the CX-5 is arguably the best-handling crossover in its class. Great design and a plush interior make it wo


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