The Best Crossovers Under $25,000Crossovers are the fastest growing segment of the auto industry. As gas prices have remained depressed over the last couple of years, small car sales have tanked and buyers have gone crossover crazy.
The competition is fierce among automakers, and the quality very high. That makes choosing tough when it comes time to sign up for a new vehicle.
Autoblog editors have picked some of the best crossovers priced below $25,000 to give you a head start when narrowing choices. Our criteria is as follows: utility, performance, features, safety, value. These choices represent the best overall values in the category when all those those factors are weighed.
2016 Mazda CX-5Historically the Mazda CX-5 is one crossover that has appealed to both enthusiasts and family types. It doesn't weigh two tons, offers a manual transmission (in poverty spec, but still...), and looks faster than its competitors. Most importantly, the CX-5 can round a corner without wobbling like a Slinky at the top of the stairs. For the 2016 update, Mazda upgraded the in-cabin experience along with the requisite nips and tucks to the exterior. These updates and its existing dynamic charms make the CX-5 one of the CUVs we at Autoblog recommend the most to potential shoppers.
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2017 Ford EscapeThe 2017 Ford Escape is a big improvement on what was an already remarkable crossover, and the customer-focused changes pay dividends to the Escape faithful. The Escape gathers a nicer interior, a quieter ride, more powerful engines and more engine options, and rewarding handling into a package that costs less than before. The redesign is also quite handsome. It's all enough to make the Escape compete with the class leaders on equal footing.
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2016 Honda HR-VHonda's HR-V is the right size for city dwellers who want some CUV practicality they can actually park. It's comfortable for long hauls, and the powertrain – which couldn't be described as sporty – is smooth and efficient. The HR-V also has a solid suite of safety tech, but you don't have to rely on the cameras and bells and whistles. The driver's side mirror has an extended-view distortion to the glass, and visibility is great.
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2017 Chevrolet TraxThe facelifted Trax is hitting dealerships in fall 2016, and
Chevy has brought it closer in style to the brand's stalwart sedans, the Cruze, Malibu and Impala. The CUV also gets Chevy's seven-inch MyLink infotainment system that buyers can option with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE support. Active safety tech like side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning are available on the 2017 model, too. It may be mechanically identical to the last Trax, but these updates will be welcome to buyers looking for a compact CUV with character.