What Are the Best Crossover SUVs of 2020?

By Caryn AndersonLast Updated Jul 6, 2020 5:15:58 PM ET
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While traditional SUVs are built based on truck platforms, crossover SUVs are based on cars. This gives them wide appeal, since they sit higher than cars and often come equipped with all-wheel or four-wheel drive like trucks and traditional SUVs. At the same time, they offer a more car-like, comfortable ride and improved fuel efficiency to deliver the best of both worlds.

If you're in the market for a crossover SUV, you should consider the most important features, including the size, driver assistance technologies and whether the vehicle in question is two-wheel, four-wheel or all-wheel drive. To help you decide, we've put together this list of six of the best crossover SUVs of 2020.

Best Compact Crossover SUV: 2020 Honda CR-V

U.S. News & World Report hailed the 2020 Honda CR-V as the leader in compact crossover SUVs. Not only does it provide a comfortable ride for five with a well-appointed and surprisingly spacious cabin and cargo area, but it also boasts an efficient powertrain that makes it a good option for long-distance and daily driving alike. Even better, it comes standard with Honda Sensing technology as well as solid fuel economy and an exterior that's been redesigned for added style.

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Best Compact SUV Interior: 2020 Mazda CX-5

A beautifully appointed interior isn't the only benefit of the Mazda CX-5, but it is one of the most notable. Car and Driver points out that its cabin is easily on par with those of more upmarket brands, with standard extras like a 7-inch touchscreen, floor-mounted accelerator pedals and seating designed for comfort. The CX-5 also comes loaded with safety-minded driver assistance technology standard on every vehicle, including automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings and adaptive cruise control.

Best Midsize Crossover SUV: 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

In 2020, Hyundai added some excellent amenities to the Santa Fe, including standard rear-seat reminders and available blind view monitors. U.S. News & World Report ranks it first among midsize SUVs and third among all crossovers, noting that it offers a smooth, comfortable ride, quiet cabin and good gas mileage. It also has ample space for passengers and cargo alike and a robust infotainment system with a 7-inch display.

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Best Style: 2020 Toyota RAV4

Prior to a redesign unveiled in 2020, the RAV4 was slowly sliding into obscurity despite having maintained a reputation as a bestseller. Car and Driver points out that the 2020 RAV4's exterior would easily look at home with Toyota's more rugged models, like the 4Runner and Tacoma. It features an extended wheelbase, sharp creases and flared fenders that give this crossover a distinct look. The 2020 RAV4 also offers standard safety features like automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. The interior features a 7-inch touchscreen with the option to upgrade to an 8-inch with an integrated mobile hotspot. Plenty of interior storage and an ergonomic design rounds it out for a comfortable ride.

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Best Fuel Efficiency: 2020 Kia Niro PHEV

This plug-in hybrid delivers a comfortable ride, small footprint and car-like handling while offering an all-electric range of up to 26 miles on a fully charged battery pack. With both power sources combined, you get an estimated 46 miles per gallon. It also features a spacious interior with a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, 8-inch touch screen command center and more than 54 cubic feet of cargo space. Drivers enjoy up to 560 miles of driving using the two power sources together, which deliver 195 pound-feet of torque and 139 horsepower.

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Best Luxury Crossover: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Mercedes-Benz completely redesigned the GLE for 2020, and it makes the top of U.S. News & World Report's rankings for luxury crossover SUVs. Not only is the interior quiet and roomy, but it also features heat, power adjustments and massage in the front seats, with plenty of legroom in the second row. Luxe materials and stellar craftsmanship make the quality of the interior shine above the rest. It features a new and expanded infotainment system with voice controls and a responsive 12.3-inch touchscreen. The GLE's 255-horsepower, four-cylinder engine propels the SUV from zero to 60 miles per hour in under eight seconds. Needless to say, it also boasts better than average fuel efficiency.

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