For many drivers, a crossover is the perfect vehicle. A less rugged SUV equipped with sedan-like handling, crossovers are stylish, exciting, and enjoyable to drive for everyone. Check out the top crossover SUVs of 2018 here.
2018 Mazda CX-9
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is arguably the best-handling SUV in its class. Not only does the three-row CX-9 provide ample passenger room, but it also looks a lot sleeker than rivals like the Honda Pilot. This year, even the base trim benefits from a greater number of standard safety technologies.
All versions of the CX-9 come equipped with a 2.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. When premium gas is used, it gets 250 horsepower and a muscular 310 pound-feet of torque. The CX-9’s lightweight design allows it to get up to speed quickly when needed. Meanwhile, Mazda’s innovative G-Vectoring Control system helps give this crossover an especially athletic feel on the road. In comparison to most of its V6-powered rivals, the CX-9 is a bit more efficient. You can look forward to getting an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in town and up to 28 mpg on the open highway. Although the CX-9 offers ample performance, its 3,500-pound towing capacity may not be enough for some drivers.
While niceties such as a 12-speaker Bose sound system and Nappa leather are found inside the luxurious Grand Touring trim, the base Sport model comes loaded with several popular features. When cruising at city speeds, the standard Smart City Brake Support system can automatically bring you to a stop.
2018 BMW X1
Choose the compact BMW X1 if you desire a sporty and efficient daily-driver. Despite being among the least expensive vehicles in BMW’s lineup, it doesn’t shortchange buyers in terms of quality. BMW’s available xDrive AWD system inspires a great deal of confidence in snowy weather.
The X1’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder develops a healthy 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. While the engine feels potent, the crossover’s eight-speed automatic transmission really brings it to life. Driving enthusiasts will certainly enjoy the transmission’s quick-shifting nature. Composed handling makes the X1 a complete joy to drive. In terms of fuel economy, expect to get around 23 mpg in town and 32 mpg on the highway.
While some people consider the Kia Sportage SX Turbo to be just as engaging to drive, it isn’t nearly as luxurious. You will also be pleasantly surprised by the X1’s spacious backseat. Class-leading cargo space sweetens the deal. Some of the key standard features include a 6.5-inch display screen, a power tailgate, and Bluetooth connectivity. To obtain safety features such as forward collision warning and a backup camera, you must pay extra.
2018 Chevrolet Equinox
If you are seeking a true value, don’t miss out on the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. You can count on it to remain one of Chevy’s best sellers. The redesigned model offers a much-improved fuel economy and a handful of new technologies. A lot of car shoppers will also like the Equinox’s sharper exterior styling.
You have three different turbocharged four-cylinder engines to pick from. The base 170-horsepower engine is for the drivers who don’t need a lot of performance. You should have no trouble getting up to 32 mpg. To experience an extra measure of driving excitement, opt for the larger 2.0-liter engine. It gets a fulfilling 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. One of the features that sets apart the Equinox is its new diesel engine. Although the diesel engine only produces 137 horsepower, its 240 pound-feet of torque ensures strong acceleration around town. The diesel-powered Equinox can also return up to 39 mpg, which makes it a class leader.
In regard to passenger room, the Equinox easily provides enough room for five people. Although the Equinox doesn’t offer as much cargo space as the Honda CR-V, there is ample legroom in its backseat. Several value-minded features come standard, including a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot and smartphone integration. A 360-degree parking camera, a vibrating Safety Alert seat, and low-speed automatic braking are optional.
2018 Audi Q7
The 2018 Audi Q7 delivers everything that you would want in a modern crossover. It is extremely safe, easy to drive, and offers all of the latest high-tech features. Drivers also like the Q7’s upscale styling.
Producing a total of 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, the base turbocharged engine has no trouble moving this 4,700-pound crossover. A combined fuel economy rating of 21 mpg makes it a satisfying choice. However, upgrade to the supercharged V6 engine if you want to experience effortless acceleration. It develops a formidable 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Not only is the V6-powered Q7 quick, but it can also tow an outstanding 7,700 pounds. Audi’s famed Quattro AWD gives you the maximum traction throughout the year. Meanwhile, an optional adaptive suspension enhances ride quality and enables the Q7 to handle a light-duty trail.
In comparison to other three-row crossovers like the new Chevrolet Traverse, the Q7 is a bit more refined. Although some drivers will be attracted to the higher trim levels, the base Premium trim is loaded with more than enough features. Heated leather seats, a 10-speaker sound system, and a panoramic sunroof all come standard. You will also benefit from Audi Pre-Sense, which helps you to avoid pedestrians and other vehicles on the road. One of the Q7’s most exciting options is Audi’s high-resolution Virtual Cockpit. This fully digital gauge cluster can display Google Earth maps as you drive, which certainly comes in handy on road trips.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
From a standpoint of performance, very few crossovers can outshine the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. It gives you the feeling of driving an Italian sports sedan. Powerful styling gives you another reason to fall in love with the new Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Despite its athletic road manners, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio still gets high marks for its plush interior. A 100,000-mile powertrain warranty helps protect your investment. The only big downside is its expensive price tag.
Ferrari built the twin-turbo V6 engine that powers this luxury SUV. It pumps out an invigorating 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. When launched from a standstill, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio takes only 3.9 seconds to hit 60 mph. You will be able to choose your preferred driving mode. While the Advanced Efficiency mode helps save gas, the Dynamic mode transforms this crossover into a thrill machine. Handling is certainly a strong point. The combination of a near-perfect weight balance and a standard AWD system enable the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to carve the road with precision. Fuel economy numbers are not yet available.
Because of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s tight backseat, it is not the best choice for a full-size family. Nevertheless, there is plenty of space in the front. This crossover’s well-crafted interior will impress drivers seeking top-notch luxury. A wide-screen infotainment system highlights the cabin’s premium design. Blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning give you more security on the road.