The crossover/SUV vehicle category is extremely popular and competitive. There are so many vehicles on the market and automakers are falling over themselves to offer you a variety of features and trims. You can go for cost-saving value and fuel economy, sporty utility vehicles, or delight the senses with high-end luxury.
The Value Package
In terms of overall value, the 2016 Toyota Rav4 is a top choice. It’s got a little bit of everything. It’s got 6 different model trims to choose from, 14 different exterior trim color combinations, and even 2 hybrid fuel models.
The performance features of the Rav4 Limited Hybrid are quite remarkable. It’s a super-low emissions vehicle that gets 34 miles per gallon in the city. Yet, it doesn’t compromise on power. The 4-cylinder hybrid still gets 194 horsepower. The Limited trim has a JBL audio system leading the way for its entertainment features and a number of onboard apps that keep you connected to the world around you.
For utility and cargo capabilities, there’s no substitute for the 2016 Nissan Rogue. It has 70 cubic feet of cargo space and a Divide-and-Hide feature that allows you to rearrange that cargo space into 18 different configurations. Pair that with a 1,000 lbs of towing ability and you’ve got one of the most versatile crossovers on the market. It’s got a host of next level safety features as well, like Rear View Monitor standard on the base model S trim and all around viewing capabilities on the premium SL package. It’s little wonder that the Nissan Rogue is a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The Luxury Crossover
At the high end of the spectrum, you have the 2016 Infiniti QX70 with a price tag starting at $45,850. It’s certainly got high-end performance and exterior style, so much so that there’s no need for various trim levels. It’s got a beefy 3.6 Liter V6 engine and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels standard on the base model. Yet, the true value of this vehicle is found in the inside the cabin. The interior trim is nearly flawless. There’s just so much leather and wood-grain paneling everywhere the eye can see. The shift knob and steering wheel are leather-wrapped. The seats are supple, refined and you can choose between Wheat, Java or Granite leather. The premium package has voice recognition and all of the settings can be committed to onboard computer memory.
You’ll find that there’s more to the crossover category than just trendy gimmicks. They’re doing way more with less these days, but you can also have premium features that rival any luxury sedan. With so many trim packages to choose from, there’s no substitute for getting behind the wheel of a crossover and test driving one for yourself.