It’s hard to say why crossovers have become so popular in the past few years, well they’re fuel-efficient relatively well priced, have tons of space, and all-wheel drive. I guess when you put it that way it’s easy to see why, but which one is the best deal to find out we brought a couple of fan favorite and a couple of all-new models to see which one hits all the marks. Here some the best SUV 2018 in the market you should to know right now!
If you’re a crossover buyer and didn’t buy a CR-V chances are you bought one of these, this is the Nissan Rogue and it’s easy to see why people like this car and that can all be summed up with two words “Star Wars” and there’s a lot to like about this car other than the fact that it helped the rebels steal the Death Star plans during the Battle of scares!
For example, this interior is really spacious and quite comfortable, and for 2018 Nissan has made some excellent refinements and tweet to the interior of the car. There’s real stitching found on the steering wheel the armrest and on parts of the dash and this car feels upscale as a result.
You can hear the car is still reasonably quiet although, once you hammer your foot down it does get quite loud. That’s because this car uses a CVT and unlike the other vehicles in this comparison, it does not have a turbocharged engine. So the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine makes only 170 horsepower, and you can feel that it lacks a little bit of the grunt of the other cars here have on.
The other hand it is quite fuel efficient although not as fuel-efficient after CR-V. The ride quality is also really soft maybe as soft as a woofer, but I’ll have to test that, and I absolutely love the seats in this car, when we take this car off-roading, and we hit some potholes with it you barely notice and I think that’s really important for people who are typically going adventuring, camping, off-roading.
Another aspect of this car that is handy is the ability to maximize all the space that’s in here. The rear seats fold down 40/20/40 and in the trunk there’s a cool shelf that helps you organize your groceries or whatever else you have back there. This car also comes with all of the fancy driver assistance features, so it seems like it’s from a galaxy far far away.
And the way that the car kind of coddles you and keeps them in place well it feels like the Force is watching over you. Where does the rogue lacking well besides the engine that I mentioned earlier the interior, especially around the center console, seems a little dated, look at how small screen is but helping to get over those aspects this car is really affordable it costs just over $35,000, and it’s any bit more expensive than the CR-V.
Honda CR-V 2018
it’s the most affordable car of the group it’s only $35,000 and prevent you get a lot of features like forwarding emergency braking, lane keeps assist, all-wheel drive, all the good stuff that you need in a CUV.
Fuel economy is also excellent in turns 29 miles per gallon combined which is the best of all the cars here as well and that’s thanks to its 1.5 liters turbocharged engine which makes just enough power to stop you from complaining and to complete the trifecta it also has the most cargo space of any of the vehicles. You can fit four adults in this thing pretty quickly and all their stuff nobody’s going to be complaining about sitting in the back of this car with the legroom either.
The interior feels excellent, and it has a whole bunch of really lovely premium touches that maybe you wouldn’t expect like this wood trim that there’s a little bit, but it’s not too much to make it flashy. The infotainment screen is excellent. Except, I’m not a big fan of the touchscreen type it’s better to have the buttons for me especially if you’re wearing gloves in the wintertime but everything else works well.
It’s fast, something as simple as having the shifter up on the dashboard kind of instead of down on the console makes such a big difference leaves a lot more room down for phones tissues, chargers, and anything you’d need for a road trip or just daily life. Also having an armrest that slides up makes it easier for people who have maybe shorter arms or something allowing you to lounge around when you drive this car.
Brings us to driving basics which this thing nails. The engine and transmission are perfectly smooth which mean that there is no excitement when you leave the line and that’s good because you don’t want a quarter mile monster as a daily driver.
The steering is nice and light at low speeds allowing you to go around the neighborhood no problem, and at highway speeds, it tightens up so that you can make little adjustments in your lane. The suspension is also excellent allowing you to stop up bumps like they’re not even there.
So what’s it missing? Well, I will say it’s a little bit boring, and you might think well it’s a CUV! Of course, it’s boring, but Honda hasn’t gone above and beyond to make anything exciting here It’s very average, but there’s no fault in that it does exactly what it says on the box perfectly.
The 40/20/40 rear seating of the rogue actually opened our minds to what could be done in a CUV, but with the Honda you have so much space to play around with you really can’t complain. The rear foot-activated tailgate is also something that took us a little bit to figure out, but once we had, it figured out it was really easy. The CUV delivers on every one of its promises, and that’s going to be hard for the others to beat
This is the all-new Tiguan, and it rides on the MQB platform that pretty much every Volkswagen is using. VW had to deliver to make us forget about how they destroyed the planet for our children and our children’s! Sadly, Volkswagen dropped the ball here, and it is underwhelming.
The interior feels cheap, really the only redeeming factor here is the big infotainment screen and the digital dash which some people say is futuristic but, it’s just dials if you’re going to do a digital dash you should explain and give me the information in a way that’s interesting to look at instead of just like every other car.
The seats are aggressively bolstered which means it’s kind of hard to get in and out of this car, but once you’re in, they’re quite comfortable. Sitting in the back is also excellent because it has a lot of rear seat Headroom and once you fold those seats down, there’s a lot of space as well.
Taking this thing around rutted streets with lots of potholes is where it falls short, the ride is agricultural it throws you around a lot. Start stuff is a nice feature, but this one is particularly unrefined it fails to get up like a teenager on Sunday morning and then once it does get up it goes right to third gear like it doesn’t want you to drive it at all it just lugs along.
For a car that feels like it has a very small footprint, it has a larger environmental footprint. This has the worst fuel economy of all the cars in this comparison, and that’s just unacceptable. Adding insult to injury the Tiguan is also $3000 more expensive than the CR-V and the rogue, and honestly, I don’t know where all that money is going, it leaves you wanting more.
The final card we have here today is the Chevrolet Equinox which is also all-new for 2018 it leaves a positive first impression! Thanks to this gorgeous two-tone interior and the punchy engine, but after spending some more time with the car I began to fall out of love with it.
First, let’s start with this engine there’s a 2-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine under the hood that makes over 250 horsepower and that’s awesome for a crossover. Paired to that is a nine-speed automatic transmission which is surprisingly refined. However, this thing doesn’t achieve the same fuel economy numbers as the other two CVT equipped vehicles, but that should be expected because well it’s got a big turbocharged engine and it doesn’t use a CVT which is typically the most fuel-efficient way you’re going to motor around.
When you begin to examine the interior of the car you fall out of love with it. Some of the materials in here are a little bit harder, and they don’t seem very premium. I liked some of the aspects of the car like the infotainment system which is high resolution and responsive and there are handy buttons behind the steering wheel.
Other elements of the car don’t seem as well finished and could require a second look, I mean some things shake when you close the door a little too hard, and other things flex under the tiniest bit of stress. I don’t think this car will live up to the long-term stresses of living with a family.
And then let’s talk about the interior space. This car is down on cargo space, and there isn’t a ton of rear passenger space either, it is a shame about the lack of passenger space because this would be perfect for families because it has a ton of USB ports and even a three plug back here. For the rear passengers to use. So, you can charge all your gadgets, iPhones, tablets and it wouldn’t be a hassle. I also love the OnStar 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi connection is this car.
This card is also lacking in a few important driver assistance features. There is no adaptive cruise control or lame keep system, and that’s a bummer when you consider how much more expensive this car is compared to the rogue in the CR-V.