With gas prices at an affordable level, crossovers and SUVs are becoming more popular than ever. Crossover themselves have become a huge segment with every automaker jumping in to grab a piece of the pie, and it’s difficult to pick out the best crossovers under $30,000.
With that in mind, our team of editors decided to compile a list of crossovers that you can buy in 2016 that won’t break the bank and will offer you all the comfort and utility you’re looking for. Our list contains a large variety of makes and models so you shouldn’t have any issue finding the one that fits your wants and needs for under $30,000*.
1. Ford Escape:
The Ford Escape is one of the top-selling vehicles in the United States and rightfully so. Recently redesigned and upgraded for the 2017 model year, the new Ford Escape offers better connectivity, two new EcoBoost engines and Auto Start-Stop Technology that helps saves fuel. The new Ford Escape is also the first Ford vehicle with the new SYNC Connect system that allows customers to unlock and lock their doors, start the engine, and even locate vehicle through a Smartphone app.
2. Mazda CX-5:
The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is known for offering a little bit of sportiness to the rather conservative world of crossovers. With agile handling and the option of a 155 horsepower or 184 horsepower engine, the Mazda CX-5 is one of the most exciting crossovers on our list.
3. Honda CR-V:
Otherwise known as the king of the crossover segment, the Honda CR-V is now better than ever. Recently redesigned and upgraded, the 2016 Honda CR-V offers the perfect balance of reliability and affordability in this rather competitive segment. Also, the new top-of-the-line Honda CR-V Touring model offers all the bells-and-whistles including Honda Sensing safety features, navigation, power tailgate, heated seats, heated side mirrors, leather seats, dual-zone climate control and much more.
4. Nissan Rogue:
The stylish new Nissan Rogue has been attracting a lot of new buyers to the brand. With a sleek and sexy design, the 2016 Nissan Rogue is powered by a 170 horsepower engine and offers outstanding fuel economy thanks the use of a continuously variable transmission.
5. Toyota RAV4:
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is another crossover on our list that enjoys the combination of reliability and affordability. With a bold new front end and a sleek rear-end, the Toyota RAV4 is better than ever. Not to mention the new interior which has been completely redesigned and upgraded with new features like heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, Toyota Entune infotainment system with Navigation and much more.
6. Buick Encore:
Looking for a subcompact crossover that won’t break the bank? Then the 2016 Buick Encore is definitely a crossover you should check out. The stylish exterior is complimented by a luxurious interior that features leather, wood, and other soft-touch materials. The new Buick IntelliLink infotainment is also a huge plus here with access to apps like Pandora, Stitcher, and social media channels.
7. Jeep Cherokee:
With strong on-road dynamics and the “Jeep” name behind it, the new 2016 Cherokee is a huge winner on our list. Available with an 184 horsepower or a 271 horsepower engine, the Jeep Cherokee can be hand with a front-wheel-drive setup or an all-wheel-drive setup. Either way, the new Jeep Cherokee offers a fun and comfortable ride.
8. Honda HR-V:
The Honda HR-V is another subcompact crossover on our list. The new offering from Honda mixes a sleek and angular design from Honda to offer a sporty look for budget-conscious shoppers. Powered by a 141 horsepower engine, the new 2016 Honda HR-V is available with a CVT or an exciting 6-speed manual transmission. You can also load it up with extras like a 7-inch touchscreen display or lane-departure warning.
9. Hyundai Santa Fe Sport:
The five-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe Sport was recently upgraded for the 2017 model year and comes standard with an 185 horsepower 4-cylinder engine that makes this five-passenger crossover very fun to drive. With a max cargo capacity of 71.5 cubic feet and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is one crossover that our group of editors strongly recommend.
10. Subaru Forester:
You can’t go wrong when it comes to Subaru. Available with standard all-wheel-drive, the new Subaru Forester is offered with a 170 horsepower or a 250 horsepower engine. The comfortable suspension and all-wheel-drive system will let you tackle any type of terrain your adventurous heart desires.
Take One for a Spin
Drop in to your nearest AutoNation dealership to test-drive one of these vehicles. You can’t go wrong in your choice, as all of these cars offer not only fun but also efficiency. Give your wallet a break with one of these all-star cars for under $30,000*.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.