Best Crossovers For 2019

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Crossovers combine the best characteristics from a car – mainly ride quality and maneuverability – with standout qualities from SUVs, including space, capability, and versatility. Safety is also a large part of the appeal of CUVs, as they have loads of ground clearance, a tall seating position that makes them easy to see out of, and the latest technology.

With new entries coming from all corners of the market, our top choices are different sizes and can seat between five to seven passengers. Safety also played an important role with our choices, as two options were named IIHS Top Safety Picks. Lastly, our choices ranked highly when it came to value, as getting the most bang for your buck with crossovers is crucial.

Best Overall Value: Subaru Forester
2019 Subaru Forester

Why it's a top pick: We could go on and on about the Subaru Forester – it's a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, comes with standard all-wheel drive, boasts a strong list of safety features, and provides excellent comfort. But the best thing about the Forester is that you get all of this at an affordable price, making it an excellent value proposition. The Forester also has 35.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than a lot of its competitors.

Worth knowing: Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite of safety features is standard, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, lane keeping assist, sway warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Honorable Mentions: Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4

Best For Families: Honda Pilot
2019 Honda Pilot

Why it's a top pick: Families need flexibility, and the Honda Pilot is one of the better three-row crossovers that offers just that. The mid-size Pilot has numerous cubbies and storage areas, while some trims come with one-touch second row seats – a must if you plan to have passengers shuffle in and out of the third row. With seating for eight and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, the Pilot is a minivan alternative.

Worth knowing: The Pilot utilizes the same all-wheel-drive system as its Acura counterpart, the MDX. With torque vectoring, the Pilot shuffles power to the wheel with the most grip, giving the driver the ability to get out of some hairy situations.

Honorable Mentions: Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer

Best Towing: Volkswagen Atlas
2019 Volkswagen Atlas

Why it's a top pick: While crossovers are aimed toward consumers seeking a daily driver, some options, like the Volkswagen Atlas, are still capable of handling heavy-duty towing tasks. When properly equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 and the factory tow hitch, the Atlas can tow up to 5,000 pounds. While that's on par with competitors, VW makes some other crucial changes to ensure the Atlas tows heavy cargo reliably.

Worth knowing: Volkswagen recently increased its basic and powertrain warranty to six years/72,000 miles. The bumper-to-bumper warranty is transferable, too, which is extra peace of mind for those looking for a used model.

Honorable Mentions: Kia Sorento, Subaru Ascent, Chevrolet Traverse

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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