Crossovers represent one of the fastest growing segments in the automotive industry and all automakers, including luxury automakers, are jumping in to grab a piece of the pie. However, within the crossover segment, there is sub-segment that also seems to be booming and that includes the compact crossovers. Compact crossovers offer the utility of an SUV with a comfortable ride of a sedan on which they are usually based. Compact crossovers are becoming increasingly popular for smaller families with three to five individuals.
The compact crossover segment is currently dominated by three major players including the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and the Toyota RAV4. Nonetheless, there are some other automakers that offer equally strong competitors and with that in mind – we’ve decided to put together a list of our favorite top compact crossovers.
Let’s get it started!
1. Honda CR-V:
The Honda CR-V is the king of the compact crossover segment. The CR-V holds the crown as the king of the compact crossover segment and rightfully so since it is manufactured by one of the most reliable automakers in the world. The Honda CR-V offers seating for up to five passengers and a cargo capacity of 70.9 cubic feet (with the rear seats folded) this crossover is perfect for hauling your family, your luggage or both.
2. Toyota RAV4:
The Toyota RAV4 is another top-selling compact crossover and is also produced by a very reliable manufacturer. Powered by a 176 horsepower 2.5-liter engine, this compact crossover offers enough zip to get around town and if you’re concerned about saving money at the pump, Toyota also offers a RAV4 hybrid. The Toyota RAV4 offers seating for up five passengers and a cargo capacity of 73.4 cubic feet.
3. Ford Escape:
The Ford Escape is probably one of the most popular and most stylish compact crossovers on the market. The Ford Escape comes with a choice of three engines including a 168 horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, a 178 horsepower 1.6-liter EcoBoost, and a 240 horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost. The Ford Escape offers a cargo capacity of 67.8 cubic feet and seating for up to five passengers.
4. Hyundai Santa Fe Sport:
The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is one of the most outstanding new additions to the segment with a handsome yet rugged looking exterior. The Santa Fe Sport comes with two engine choices including a 190 horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 264 horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo. It offers an outstanding 71.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded and comfortable seating for up to five passengers.
5. Nissan Rogue:
With a redesigned exterior and interior and an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating, the Nissan Rogue is definitely one compact crossover to put on your shopping list. With a quick 170 horsepower engine, the Nissan Rogue offers seating for up to five passengers and a cargo capacity of 70 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
6. Jeep Cherokee:
Yes, Jeep makes a compact crossover and it is called the Cherokee. The Jeep Cherokee carries over its rugged design theme from its siblings and also offers a little extra with some light off-roading capabilities. The Jeep Cherokee is offered with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 3.2 liter V6 engine which is more capable for towing and light off-roading. Unlike the rest of the compact crossovers on our list, the Jeep Cherokee only offers 54.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seats folded.
7. Mazda CX-5:
The Mazda CX-5 is one of our favorite compact crossovers. With its sleek exterior design and high-quality built interior, the Mazda CX-5 is one of the most popular and up-and-coming compact crossovers on the market. It carries the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating and offers seating for up to five passengers with a cargo capacity of 65.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
Drive One Home
You can’t go wrong with any one of these sporty and convenient compact crossovers. Drop by your nearby AutoNation dealership to pile your family in one and test-drive it yourself.