Crossover Vehicles

Crossover vehicles have become popular due to the constant rise in fuel prices. Since obtaining better fuel efficiency, they have become more practical to numerous people. These crossovers are similar to the SUVs or sport utility vehicles. The difference however, lies with the engine and the frame of the car. Most crossovers tend to use an engine similar to those which are used for cars, in a car frame, whereas SUVs tend to use a truck engine and frame. In many ways, the crossovers look like station wagons and some have styling similar to the SUVs, hence, the name – crossover. The best crossover vehicles are Chevrolet Equinox, Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson, Ford Flex, GMC Terrain and Toyota RAV4. There are several others as well but these are the most popular. A good question to ask yourself when considering a new car is: will a crossover be the right choice? The answer however, depends on your needs. There are several things to reflect on, such as your driving preferences, your lifestyle, and your expectations of comfort.

You can ask yourself a few questions in order to decide whether a crossover would be useful to you. The first thought on anyone’s mind is fuel requirements. The fuel consumption offered by a crossover is quite reasonable. For example, a Toyota RAV4 will give a mileage rating of 22/28. This is similar to that of a Toyota Camry, which provides 22/33. However, it is not as good as a Corolla, at 28/35. In any event, be sure to think about how much you want to spend on fuel. A second criterion is the amount of space required. This is a significant question to ask oneself. If you have a lot of baggage to transport, or if you have a large family, you will need more space. Consider who will be driving the car and the nature of their work. A real estate agent may want to have a crossover for driving the clients around. Always consider the interior space available in the crossover vehicles when looking to purchase. Another important aspect to decide on is the insurance premium you wish to pay. Check the insurance options and prices to decide which suits your needs best. The insurance prices charged on crossovers are comparable with the SUVs. These prices depend on the make, year and model and, of course, your driving record.

The basic advantage is that when you are looking to get an SUV, which will handle like a car, a crossover will fit the bill perfectly. If you want an all terrain vehicle with a rugged truck-like appearance, you are better off with an SUV or a truck. It is always a good idea to test drive the crossover before deciding. Also, keep in mind to check out the maintenance costs involved in buying any crossover. Talk to several owners in this regard to discover how much they spend on replacement parts of their crossover vehicle. The prices of the vehicle parts can be easily found out on the internet by visiting any online parts store.

2011 GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia is one of the most highly praised crossover vehicles, according to U.S. reviewers. The main reason for this is the roomy interior, aggressive appearance, competent performance and a comfortable third row of seating. If you are looking for a vehicle having a third row seating at a lower price, there is no need to look any further. This is a fantastic crossover vehicle for your family as it provides plenty of space. Actually, the vehicle has more space than some SUVs. Its price is slightly more than other crossovers in the same segment but the vehicle is worth the money. The Acadia comes with a 6-speed auto transmission and this actually helps in getting better fuel economy, compared to other crossovers. It is equipped with a 288 hp V6 engine but its main attractions remain the massive cabin, capable of seating eight, and a smooth ride.

2012 Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

This crossover comes under the category of affordable medium sized SUVs and is one of the best crossover SUVs with third row seating. The vehicle performs decently for a family oriented crossover vehicle. Those buyers not expecting performance like a car are bound to be happy with the sufficient power supplied by its 6-cylinder engine. Highlander is for people looking to get high fuel economy, provided by its 4-cylinder engine. The third row access is easy and you will get a comfortable ride from this crossover. Families will appreciate this feature. The main drawback could be a lack of power in the 4-cylinder engine and an extremely small cargo space. However, it is also a reasonably priced crossover with the base model being available at around $28,000.