A crossover vehicle, or CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle), is a combination between a car and an SUV. Because of their design, crossover vehicles generally get great gas mileage, while still providing generous passenger room and cargo space. While there has been a rise in the production and sales of crossover vehicles lately, many current SUV owners are wondering whether they should make the switch to a crossover vehicle or not and which crossover would be right for them. The following are the top 5 crossover vehicles that are ideal for mid-sized families and they are all under $30,000.
- Ford Escape Hybrid:
Built like an SUV/minivan combo, the Ford Escape Hybrid is a hybrid vehicle designed to offer the best fuel economy possible for a large vehicle. With an MSRP of $29,645 – $33,725, the Ford Escape Hybrid seats 5 passengers and gets 34 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. With onboard communication systems and advanced controls, the Ford Escape offers voice command options and a smooth transmission. However, the Ford Escape Hybrid is known to have little traction and the seats aren’t as versatile as other vehicles in its class.
- Chevrolet Equinox:
With an interior design that screams futuristic, the Chevrolet Equinox is available for $22,615 – $30,970 and seats up to 5 passengers. The Chevrolet Equinox has a fuel economy of 22 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway and is ideal for those who need a large vehicle, but want to ride around in style.
- Jeep Patriot:
For those looking for a cheaper alternative to the Chevrolet Equinox with more off-road capabilities, the Jeep Patriot resembles a HUMVEE and is available for $15,995 – $25,330. The Jeep Patriot seats 5 passengers, but the rear seats aren’t known for their leg room. With a fuel economy of 23 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway, the Jeep Patriot provides a great value for its price.
- Honda CR-V:
With an MSRP of $22,495 – $28,495, the Honda CR-V seats 5 passengers and gets a fuel economy of 23 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. Though the exterior of this crossover isn’t the most stylish, the interior makes up for it and features plenty of cargo space as well as comfortable seats. The Honda CR-V also features a roof rack that can hold two full-sized mountain bikes, but is known for its noisy engine.
- Hyundai Santa Fe:
For those looking for a different look, the Hyundai Santa Fe boasts an elegant interior with versatile seats and a powered sunroof. The Santa Fe seats up to 5 passengers and is the one of the most affordable vehicles in its class with an MSRP of $23,225 – $30,925. With a spacious interior and a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty, the Hyundai Santa Fe has a fuel economy of 20 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway.
Author Bio: Brandon is from Motorscore.com, the world’s leading car review aggregator.