Crossovers combine the comfort of sedans with the rugged looks and practicality of SUVs. And if you want a little more than the average driver, there are powerful, luxurious options as well. Here are some of the best.
This is the best compact luxury crossover on sale today. It offers a unique blend of Swedish minimalism, luxury that rivals the GLC, and style that beats the X3. XC60 owners get outstanding levels of comfort, a range of four-cylinder engines that include supercharged, turbocharged, and electrified options, a sleek touchscreen, and enough uniqueness to stand out in a crowd.
It shares its mechanicals with the Ford Escape. But that’s where the similarities end. The Corsair has a quiet and luxurious interior, handsome exterior, and an exclusive turbocharged 2.3L I-4 engine. It may not be the sportiest, but it is one of the most comfortable crossovers in its class, thanks to its cushy ride.
The updated Acura RDX gets an energetic turbocharged I-4 engine, Acura’s torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, along with an A-Spec package and the latest safety technology. Put together, it makes the RDX a sporty, fun-to-drive, and very stylish and expressive crossover.
There aren’t many manufacturers that can compare with the luxury of a Mercedes-Benz. But the GLC you want is the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 or the v8-powered GLC 63 that focuses on performance. The standard GLCs aren’t a bad choice either with their turbo-four engines and spacious and comfortable interiors, and typical classy design. And, of course, the unbeatable refinement that’s standard with all cars that wear the tri-star badge.
It may look loud and pointy, but the NX is actually rather quiet and refined. It also features standard active safety equipment, excellent build quality, and a very efficient hybrid option. It’s not exactly fast with its turbo I-4 engine or hybrid powertrain and is best for relaxed driving. But it does offer excellent value to its owners.
The X3 offers excellent engine options, balanced handling and ride characteristics, roomy interiors, and solid quality. There are performance options, too, with a sporty suspension and steering setup.