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  • Crossover SUVs

    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you probably been exposed to SUV hate. That’s where someone in some smaller, more insignificant and less cooler car pulls alongside, honks (because otherwise you’d never see the little guy) and when you look over (or down, as the case may be) flips you off. Then speeds away, in case you crush him and his Prius under your mighty wheels.
    Sad, all the haters in the world, isn’t it?

    This is why the crossover was invented, to help those who want to drive an SUV, but don’t want to look like they’re driving an SUV. This way, they probably won’t get the hate usually reserved for the Hummer or the Escalade.

    It’s true, a crossover is basically a small SUV, or a slightly larger car, depending on the make/model. This makes them an up and coming trend in the not only the SUV market, but the entirety of the whole car world. Models like the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Volkswagen Tiguan, Toyota rav4, Mazda CX-9, Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CR-V, the Ford Flex, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and the Acura MDX are proving everyday the popularity and strength of this market.

    But what really IS a crossover? A January 2008 Wall Street Journal blog article called crossovers "wagons that look like sport utility vehicles but ride like cars”. That’s pretty close, but we’d go more towards SUV and not really wagons. One staff member thinks they look like SUVs that Dr. Shrinker got mad at, but you have to be of a certain age to understand that one. Most people point to the AMC Eagle as the first SUV, but no matter which was the first, the crossover has expanded to be a significant part of the SUV market.

    What are the advantages of the crossover? It’s small and usually (though not always) has better gas mileage than the full SUV. It has a lower profile and is usually easier to park. It also, like we said above, seems to draw a bit less hate from the haters of the world. Less key scratches too.

    SUV Global News Recommended Crossovers – Our Top Picks

  • 2011 Chevrolet Equinox

    New Attitudes About The Chevrolet Equinox

    MSRP: $22,745 - $30,070
    Invoice: $21,608 - $28,567
    MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy

    A nice car at a decent price point. This one had the room excited, and it didn’t disappoint.
    The good? Nice, quite cabin, sliding rear seats, sleek design. The not so good: Ho Hum driver, scrimping on some of the interior, and no third row seats.

  • 2011 GMC Terrain

    New Attitudes About The Chevrolet Equinox

    Avg. Paid: $24,487 - $31,579
    MSRP: $24,250 - $31,400
    Invoice: $23,038 - $29,830
    MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy

    Better on price than our first two picks, and a good deal all around.

    The Good: Smooth, sporty handling, turbocharged engine with nice power, great snazzy cabin with flexible rear seats.
    The Not so Good: Less expensive than some, but still a bit pricy. Look and try o bargain. Low fuel economy, and uses premium gas.

  • 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

    New Attitudes About The Chevrolet Equinox

    Avg. Paid: $23,480 - $36,708
    MSRP: $23,720 - $37,390
    Invoice: $22,771 - $35,895
    MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy

    Another selection we like around the office. On our test drive, an editor almost bought one, but they didn’t have the color her wanted.

    The Good: Nice fuel economy. No small thing with the gas prices rising. Rearview camera, Multi-Flex sliding rear seats. Nice
    The Not so Good: Very bold design, some really like it, some don’t. We were split. A bit expensive for the class, not terrible, but a bit high. Shop around and look for deals.

  • Toyota rav4

    New Attitudes About The Chevrolet Equinox

    MSRP: $22,025 - $28,335
    Invoice: $20,592 - $26,491
    Avg. Paid: $21,734 - $27,753
    MPG: 22 City / 28 Hwy

    A good and above average car for the SUV Crossover market. This SUV is affordable, get mid-range mileage (low mid range) and is practical for today family.

    The Good:Nice performance, good looking exterior, seats up to seven with the third row in lace, tons of cargo room.
    The Not so Good:Weird cargo door. Opens awkwardly. Other SUVs have nicer interior. We’d hope that they fixed this over last years model.

  • Mazda CX-9

    New Attitudes About The Chevrolet Equinox

    Avg. Paid: $27,995 - $33,147
    MSRP: $29,135 - $34,535
    Invoice: $26,983 - $31,981
    MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy

    A seven-seater that actually fun to drive! No kidding, try one yourself.

    The Good: Large seating and nice cargo capacity, sporty and sleek design, great performance.
    The Not So Good: A bit of a stiff ride, Zoom-Zoom handling or not, and priced a bit high in comparison to the other SUVs.

  • Acura MDX

    New Attitudes About The Chevrolet Equinox

    Avg. Paid: $40,830 - $51,623
    MSRP: $42,580 - $54,105
    Invoice: $39,094 - $49,544
    MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy

    A Seven-seater luxury model, with nice current styling and features.

    The Good: Great cargo space, with folding rear seats, stylish design and cabin, space for three car seats in the second row.
    The Not So Good: Dashboard layout is odd and confusing, cramped third row, some thing the ‘edgy’ interior is a bit odd.

  • Chevrolet Traverse

    New Attitudes About The Chevrolet Equinox

    Avg. Paid: $29,050 - $39,697
    MSRP: $29,224 - $40,105
    Invoice: $27,763 - $38,100
    MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy

    This one can haul at least eight of your best buddies in style, but keep this SUV on the road, as it really isn’t designed to hit the back roads.

    The Good: Good cargo space, and the third row seats are nice, drives smooth and good fuel economy for a vehicle its size.
    The Not So Good: A Few braking problems (it’s a big SUV) and the interior seems a little plastic.

  • Honda CR-V

    New Attitudes About The Chevrolet Equinox

    Avg. Paid: $21,218 - $29,067
    MSRP: $21,695 - $29,895
    Invoice: $20,195 - $27,800
    MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy

    The Honda CR-V (not the Mazda CR-V, there is not such thing, sorry) is one of the most practical SUVS on the market today, and one of the most popular.

    The Good: Great family car, no storage or space issues here, room for everything! Lot so safety features, and nice, high quality cabin for your comfort.
    The Not So Good: No third row seating, no V6 option, slow engine.

  • Ford Flex

    New Attitudes About The Chevrolet Equinox

    Avg. Paid: $28,280 - $43,731
    MSRP: $29,200 - $45,310
    Invoice: $27,674 - $42,042
    MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy

    You want a minivan, but don’t want to be seen driving a minivan? The Ford Flex is for you.

    The Good: Nice and family friendly interior options, EcoBoost engine, cool retro style exterior, kick back and sleep third row.
    The Not So Good: Expensive, esp if you add options and EcoBoost, could get rid of some of the stiff plastic in the cabin, not as much space as a minivan.

  • Audi Q5

    New Attitudes About The Chevrolet Equinox

    Avg. Paid: $35,346 - $
    42,359 MSRP: $35,200 - $42,500
    Invoice: $32,736 - $39,526
    MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy

    A luxury model, the kind that will get you a few admiring looks and peeks in the window.

    The Good: Super luxury throughout the cabin area. It’s what you’re paying for and you get it. Drives more like the Audi sedan, and that’s a good thing! A new for 2011 2.0-liter engine, and sleek, sweet exterior.
    The Not So Good: Small cargo capacity. No sofa carrying for you! High price, even for a luxury model. Rear seating cramped.

  • Volvo XC60

    New Attitudes About The Chevrolet Equinox

    Avg. Paid: $28,280 - $43,731
    MSRP: $29,200 - $45,310
    Invoice: $27,674 - $42,042
    MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy

    Sorry all you Volvo fans, the ones who think every Volvo doesn’t look like a box on wheels, this is not your vehicle. This is a super-sleek, sporty Volvo, definitely not your daddy’s Volvo.

    The Good: Lots of cargo space and a cozy cabin. Up to date and beyond safety features. Nice.
    The Not So Good:The standard engine is underpowered, an upgrade is suggested, and the fuel economy is poor for its class.

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