In recent years, the crossover has become one of the most popular vehicle models on the market, which is no surprise since they are one of the more versatile vehicle types. They have the passenger and cargo space typically associated with larger vehicles. Depending on its size and configuration, a crossover can comfortably fit 5 adults and still have plenty of cargo room. Crossovers also have many of the best features of small vehicles as well, like easy handling and fuel efficiency – most get in the low 20’s MPG (miles per gallon) city and around 30 MPG highway.
Another reason that crossovers are quite popular is they are durable. They are built on a unibody platform like a car, but with some of the performance features of an SUV (sport utility vehicle). As a result, crossovers can handle tougher driving conditions, like Great Lakes winters and rural roads. Durablilty also means that they tend to hold their value and stay in good driving condition for longer, making them a great choice for a used vehicle.
Since they are so popular, a number of vehicle manufacturers offer some type of crossover. As with most vehicles there are some that retain their value better than others. Let’s take a look at 4 crossovers on the market to buy used:
# 1 Kia Sportage
Best years for used models: 2010 – 2015
Models from this time period have 2 main improvements over previous years; they have a revised suspension and improved insulation to reduce cabin noise, making for a smoother and quieter ride.
While the Sportage might look like an unassuming family vehicle, looks can be deceiving. The Sportage has some zip to its engine.The EX and SX models have a 181-horsepower, 2.4-liter automatic engine and the SX Turbo offers a 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo engine. The Sportage may be fast but it also has high safety scores.
#2 Ford Escape
Best years for used models: 2012 – 2014
Ford Escape models from this time period have two different four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine options, a 1.6-liter and a 2.0-liter. Ecoboost engines offer a performance increase without sacrificing fuel efficiency. All models have front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is optional on turbos.
The sporty Ford Escape can seat five passengers with plenty of leg room and a properly equipped model can tow 3500 pounds; providing both comfort and function.
#3 Hyundai Tuscon
Best years for used models: 2009 – 2014
The Tucson features easy-to-use electronics (navigation, Bluetooth and satellite radio) and leather seats on some specific trim packages. Not only does the Tuscon look good, it also has some power behind the engine. Choose from either a 164-horsepower 2.0-liter and a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter, making its engine one of the more powerful ones on this list.
The Tucson is known for being very easy to maneuver, thanks to its small size and tight turning radius. It also has a smooth ride and is quite agile around turns.
#4 Chevy Equinox
Best years for used models: 2010 – 2014
Models in this particular time period are known for their smooth ride with handling that’s more comfortable than sporty and their spacious spacious seating. The Chevy Equinox features a sliding second row that can move back to increase rear legroom, or forward to provide more cargo space.
All models have a base four-cylinder engine is fuel-efficient and powerful enough for most situations. Most models come standard with front-wheel drive, but all wheel drive is available on some modes and trim packages.
As for technology, all later models come standard with satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker stereo with auxiliary and USB ports.