Buying Guide: Best 2017 Crossovers

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John Diether has been a professional writer, editor, and producer since 1997. His work can be found on TV, radio, web, and various publications throughout the world.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance in his garage. 


, Automotive Editor - January 4, 2017

The crossover is now the vehicle of choice for most American families, and no one should be surprised. Crossovers give you infinitely more versatility than a passenger car, better styling than a minivan, and efficiency that no truck-based SUV can match. If that combo of virtues sounds good to you, you're not alone.

When it comes to delivering what buyers care about most, these crossovers stand out from the crowd.

Ford Escape
Ford Escape

An easy favorite, the Escape receives a pair of new Ecoboost engines this year for enhanced performance and efficiency, along with exterior styling updates. Available for the first time are tech features like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment and connectivity platform. Interiors have been repackaged to allow for more storage places.

As before, the Escape offers room for five passengers along with 34 cubic feet of cargo space. With the rear seat folded, there's a maximum of 68 cubic feet available. The height of the load floor can be adjusted to better accommodate what you're carrying.

GMC Acadia
GMC Acadia

The Acadia has been totally redesigned for 2017 with an emphasis on efficiency and maneuverability. It's no longer considered a full-size crossover, but can still accommodate seven passengers and handle up to 79 cubic feet of cargo. The second and third rows now fold completely flat, and GMC has added a pair of storage compartments under the floor.

The Acadia lost some 700 pounds in the redesign, so a four-cylinder engine is available for the first time. The new 2.5-liter makes 193 horsepower and achieves 21 mpg in city driving, even when paired with all-wheel drive. The optional 3.6-liter V6 makes 310 horsepower for decidedly quick acceleration.

Along with the redesign comes new standard features like tri-zone automatic climate control, a second-row power outlet, and five USB ports. A surround view camera system and automatic pedestrian braking have been added to the list of options.

Chevrolet Traverse
Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet's largest crossover, the Traverse can handle up to eight passengers and almost as much cargo as some minivans. Nothing else in its class offers more room for family living, and yet the Traverse starts at a price that fits the average shopper's budget. It certainly fits the definition of a lot of car for the money.

You get a legitimate third row where even adults can get comfortable. With a full crew aboard, cargo space is limited to 24.4 feet, but with the rows folded, you get a cavernous 116.3 cubic feet. That's tops in this class.

Every Traverse carries a 3.6-liter V6 good for 281 horsepower, and all-wheel drive is optional. So equipped, the big Chevy can tow up to 5,200 pounds, more than most vehicles in this class. Although the Traverse has been with us since 2009, all the latest safety and infotainment technology is available.

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, Automotive Editor

John Diether has been a professional writer, editor, and producer since 1997. His work can be found on TV, radio, web, and various publications throughout the world.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance in his garage.