Best Crossovers for 2020

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A lover of all things automotive, Anthony has been writing about cars in one way or another since high school. Besides his CarsDirect work, he also dabbles in fiction and travel writing. When he's not putting pen to paper, you can probably find him roaming a junkyard or driving his Mazda Miata.


, Automotive Editor - February 6, 2020

Crossovers are everywhere these days, and new ones to pick from entering the market every year. Even a cursory glance at the available options can be overwhelming with the sheer number of different crossovers. For someone who doesn't closely follow the car market, none of this makes shopping for one any easier.

Luckily, we do follow the market closely, and we've managed to come up with a few of our favorites for four major criteria that we believe buyers care about. The winners here span the gamut of crossovers, from traditional five-seat favorites to impressive three-row newcomers. For whatever your needs, one of the following four should fit the bill nicely:

Best Subcompact Crossover: Hyundai Venue
2020 Hyundai Venue

Why it's a top pick: The Hyundai Venue is solid proof as to why buyers have become so smitten with stylized subcompacts, one of the fastest-growing crossover segments. This funky little runabout's boxy squared-off look resonates after years of crossovers with rounded-off styling. But we're more taken with the levels of technology and overall refinement that the Venue offers, all for less than $20,000.

Worth knowing: Active safety features like automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and forward collision warning are standard on every Venue.

Honorable mentions: Ford EcoSport, Kia Soul, Nissan Kicks

Best Small Crossover: Honda CR-V
2020 Honda CR-V

Why it's a top pick: As a perennial favorite, the Honda CR-V no longer needs much of an explanation as to why the world deems it a favorite. It has excellent fit and finish, a pleasing powertrain, ample space, and all-day comfort. With an affordable price and all the features one might want, the CR-V is one of the safest buys out there.

Worth knowing: New for 2020 is a hybrid CR-V model that's out to spar with the Ford Escape Hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Honda is expecting above 40 miles per gallon highway.

Honorable mentions: Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson

Best Three-Row Crossover: Kia Telluride
2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Why it's a top pick: Forget about the Kia Stinger and Kia K900, it's the Kia Telluride that's elevating the reputation of the marque. With its Tahoe-esque styling and surprisingly luxurious interior, the Telluride is a stylish crossover that looks the part of a muscular SUV. Affordable and chic, the Telluride is a hands-down winner.

Worth knowing: The range-topping SX trim isn't cheap at $42,535, but it's essentially a luxury crossover at that price point. It offers leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, dual sunroofs, ambient interior lighting, and more.

Honorable mentions: Subaru Ascent, Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9

Best Towing: Ford Explorer
2020 Ford Explorer

Why it's a top pick: Not every crossover is designed to endure the rigors of towing anything larger than a pair of jet skis, but the Ford Explorer is. Redesigned for 2020, the new Explorer is designed to haul up to 5,600 pounds. That's one of the best numbers in the segment; many other big crossovers cap out at 5,000 pounds.

Worth knowing: To get that 5,600-pound tow rating, you'll need to order the Class III Trailer Tow Package. It's available on the XLT and Limited trims for $795, and standard on the ST and Platinum.

Honorable mentions: Volkswagen Atlas, Kia Sorento, Toyota Highlander

, Automotive Editor

A lover of all things automotive, Anthony has been writing about cars in one way or another since high school. Besides his CarsDirect work, he also dabbles in fiction and travel writing. When he's not putting pen to paper, you can probably find him roaming a junkyard or driving his Mazda Miata.


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