The best crossovers you can buy in 2024

The best crossovers you can buy in 2024

Subaru Crosstrek off-road driving

Tyler Duffy

The intersection is the result of a simple formula. It used a unibody vehicle platform, keeping the vehicle lightweight and handling relatively good compared to a Jeep Wrangler, but adding the ride height and off-road ability that people love from traditional SUVs. Boom — sales success.

This fad began in the late 20th century with early predecessors like the Jeep Cherokee XJ and Subaru Outback, and quickly became a phenomenon, absorbing much of the rest of the automotive market. Crossovers accounted for nearly 48 percent of car sales in 2023; 14 of the top 20 non-selling trucks in America in 2023 were crossovers. Want more evidence of this category’s dominance? Here in 2024, Ford Motor Company — maker of iconic cars like the Taurus, Focus, Lincoln Town Car, Gran Torino and many more — sells only one non-crossover, non-SUV, non-truck vehicle in the United States — the Mustang.

And because crossovers are what people want and what the market sells for, when we give our best advice for buying a car in real life… it’s often the best advice for buying crossovers. To simplify things, we’ve compiled this list of the best crossovers you can buy in 2024.

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Best compact crossover: Subaru Crosstrek






  • Power generation: 2.0L flat four/2.5L flat four
  • Horsepower: 152 / 182
  • Torque: 145 lb-ft / 178 lb-ft
  • EPA fuel economy: 27 mpg city, 34 mpg highway / 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway
  • Seats: 5
  • Starting an MSRP: $25,195

Why we love it: Off-road capable, especially with the Wilderness Package. Huge benefit to a group of buyers. Affordable price point.

What to watch out for: The engine can feel anemic. No more proof.

Read our 2024 Subaru Crosstrek review

Best compact crossover: Honda CR-V






  • Power generation: Turbocharged 1.5L Inline-4/2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Horsepower: 190/204
  • Torque: 179 lb-ft / 247 lb-ft
  • EPA fuel economy: 34 mpg city, 40 mpg highway
  • Seats: 5
  • Starting an MSRP: $29,500

Why we love it: A well-tuned, if not sporty, driving experience. Spacious. Premium hybrid powertrain. The fully loaded model is still relatively affordable at $40,000.

What to watch out for: I had trouble matching EPA gas mileage in real-world driving with a hybrid system.

Read our review of the Honda CR-V Hybrid

Best midsize crossover: Jeep Grand Cherokee






  • Power generation: 3.6-liter V6/turbocharged 2.0-liter hybrid four-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 290 / 375
  • Torque: 257 lb-ft / 470 lb-ft
  • EPA fuel economy: Up to 56 mpg
  • Seats: 5-7
  • Starting an MSRP: $40,035

Why we love it: An off-road vehicle with up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance in Trailhawk specifications. The Summit Reserve model features one of the most beautiful interiors in a car. A 4xe PHEV powertrain is available.

What to watch out for: The powertrains are not super precise. They should be, for the amount they cost.

Read our Jeep Grand Cherokee review

Best three-row crossover: Toyota Grand Highlander






  • Power generation: Turbocharged 2.4L inline four / 2.5L inline four hybrid / Turbocharged 2.4L inline four hybrid
  • Horsepower: 265 / 245 / 362
  • Torque: 310 lb-ft / 175 lb-ft / 400 lb-ft
  • EPA fuel economy: Up to 37 mpg city, 34 mpg highway
  • Seats: Up to 8
  • Starting an MSRP: $43,030

Why we love it: Two attractive hybrid powertrain options (which can be twice as efficient as the Telluride) are paired with a solid-state gas engine. Comfortable yet controllable ride. Flexible family space with a legitimate third row. All the cup holders and USB ports you could need.

What to watch out for: Not exceptionally athletic. Not exceptionally exciting.

Read our Toyota Grand Highlander review

Best luxury compact crossover: Genesis GV70






  • Motors: Turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder/twin-turbo 3.5L V6
  • Horsepower: 300/375
  • Torque: 311 lb-ft / 391 lb-ft
  • EPA fuel economy: Up to 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway
  • Seats: 5
  • Starting an MSRP: $45,150

Why we love it: Great balance and handling on the road. Power galore, even from the base four-cylinder powertrain. A more upscale interior feel than competitors. Still relatively affordable.

What to watch out for: The second row seats can be suitable for adults.

Read our Genesis GV70 review

Best midsize luxury crossover: Genesis GV80






  • Motors: Turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder/twin-turbo 3.5L V6
  • Horsepower: 300/375
  • Torque: 311 lb-ft / 391 lb-ft
  • EPA fuel economy: Up to 21 mpg city, 25 mpg highway
  • Seats: 5/7
  • Starting an MSRP: $57,700

Why we love it: Smooth and quiet driving with great power from both engines. Luxurious interior. Luxurious, Bentley-like exterior – for almost a third of the price.

What to watch out for: Fuel economy isn’t amazing and there’s no hybrid option.

Read our Genesis GV80 review

Best three-row luxury crossover: BMW X7




  • Motors: Turbocharged 3.0L V6/twin-turbo 4.4L V8
  • Horsepower: 375 / 523
  • Torque: 398 / 553
  • EPA gas mileage: Up to 21 mpg city, 25 mpg highway
  • Seats: Up to 7
  • Starting an MSRP: $81,900

Why we love it: Lots of power from the inline six base. The interior has a luxurious feel despite being leather-free. More aggressive design after the facelift.

What to watch out for: There’s not a lot of luggage space compared to full-size body-on-frame alternatives like the Cadillac Escalade.

Read our BMW X7 review

Best electric crossover: Hyundai Ioniq 5






  • Motors: Single motor rear wheel drive / dual motor four wheel drive
  • Horsepower: 225 / 320
  • Torque: 258 lb-ft / 446 lb-ft
  • EPA Scope: Up to 303 miles
  • Seats: 5
  • Starting an MSRP: $41,650

Why we love it: A surprisingly smooth and comfortable ride. Distinctive style. A futuristic but still usable feel and a reasonably spacious interior. Real fast shipping.

What to watch out for: It’s not quite as sporty-tuned as the Kia EV6.

Read our Hyundai Ioniq 5 review

Best luxury electric crossover: BMW iX






  • Power generation: Dual drive four wheel drive
  • Horsepower: 516 / 610
  • Torque: 564 lb-ft / 749 lb-ft
  • EPA Scope: Up to 324 miles
  • Seats: 5
  • Starting an MSRP: $87,100

Why we love it: It looks like a traditional BMW (in a good way). Amazing driving dynamics and speed. Over 300 miles of range.

What to watch out for: Some of the interior materials don’t quite match the price.

Read our BMW iX review

Best Hybrid Crossover: Hyundai Tucson Hybrid






  • Power generation: Turbo 1.6L inline-four hybrid
  • Horsepower: 226
  • Torque: 258 lbs.ft
  • EPA gas mileage: 38 mpg city, 38 mpg highway
  • Seats: 5
  • Starting an MSRP: $32,325

Why we love it: Surprisingly sporty driving dynamics. Excellent fuel economy. Its 38.7 cubic feet of cargo space puts some larger SUVs to shame.

What to watch out for: The tactile buttons can be annoying to use.

Read our Hyundai Tucson Hybrid review

Best hybrid crossover: BMW X5 xDrive50e






  • Power generation: Turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder PHEV
  • Horsepower: 483
  • Torque: 516 ft. lbs
  • Electric car range: 39 miles
  • Seats: 5
  • Starting an MSRP: $72,500

Why we love it: Consistent throttle feel and response between gas, hybrid and electric modes. Faster and sportier than you’d expect. Range estimates of over 40 miles on a full charge.

What to watch out for: Cabin space is smaller than you’d expect. It can take a long time to ship.

Learn more about the BMX X5 xDrive50e

Best crossover for the driver: Porsche Cayenne






  • Motors: Turbo 3.0L V6 / Turbo 3.0L V6 Hybrid / Twin Turbo 4.0L V8 / Twin Turbo V8 Hybrid
  • Horsepower: 348 / 468 / 463 / 512 / 591
  • Torque: 368 ft. lbs / 442 lb-ft / 479 lb-ft / 553 lb-ft / 590 lb-ft
  • EPA gas mileage: Up to 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway
  • Seats: 5
  • Starting an MSRP: $79,200

Why we love it: It succeeded in transferring Porsche driving dynamics to the world of SUVs. The torque and powerful V8 engine are still available. Interior updated for 2024

What to watch out for: Porsche’s options tree can get expensive. The coupe’s body style remains a bit unconventional.

Read our Porsche Cayenne review

Best Affordable Driver’s Crossover: Mazda CX-30 Turbo






  • Power generation: Turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 250
  • Torque: 320 ft. lbs
  • EPA gas mileage: 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway
  • Seats: 5
  • Starting an MSRP: $32,790

Why we love it: It adds oomph that the standard CX-30 lacks. Excellent steering and handling. A luxurious interior feel on a non-luxury budget.

What to watch out for: The cabin can be cramped with car seats. It’s not quite as sporty as it looks on paper.

Read our Mazda CX-30 Turbo review

Best Driver’s Crossover: Bentley Bentayga EWB






  • Motors: Hybrid 3.0-liter V6/twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8
  • Horsepower: 455 / 542
  • Torque: 516 lb-ft / 568 lb-ft
  • EPA gas mileage: Up to 47 mpg
  • Seats: 4
  • Starting an MSRP: $229,625

Why we love it: Smooth, powerful and comfortable ride. Very comfortable ‘flight seats’ for temperature and position monitoring (may have a positive connotation if you’re in the Bentley’s price range). Tons of leg room. It doesn’t look like a stretched SUV.

What you should pay attention to: Options can get expensive. This is how the driver is kept on power of attorney.

Read our Bentley Bentayga EWB review

Best off-road crossover: Honda Pilot Trail Sport






  • Power generation: 3.5L V6
  • Horsepower: 285
  • Torque: 262 ft. lbs
  • EPA fuel economy: 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway
  • Seats: 7
  • Starting an MSRP: $48,800

Why we love it: Amazing off-road ability with legit steel skid plates. Comfortable driving on the road. Spacious interior space. Excellent torque vectoring all-wheel drive system.

What you should pay attention to: The V6 engine is disappointing and has poor fuel economy with only 18 mpg in city driving.

Read our Honda Pilot Trail Sport review

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