3 Crossovers You Need to See

The age of the crossover vehicle is upon us.

Coined sometime in 2008 as a hypothesized marketing ploy, the term “crossover,” or Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) is a vehicle constructed on a car platform that combines and utilizes features offered with both the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and the sedan—or, more commonly—the hatchback or station wagon.

Hatchback or station wagon features can be spotted in the crossover vehicle, including features such as increasingly spacious two-row seating options with interior trunk access, a liftgate which acts as either a third of a fifth door, and flexibility in features such as fold-down seats, or AWD/4WD capabilities.

The beauty of the crossover design is multifaceted. While certain design components of the crossover match that of the SUV—higher seating options, AWD/4WD capabilities, and just a general mechanical durability associated with the SUV—the similarities arguably end there.

The crossover platform is ingenious—the combination of SUV and compact car features allows modern drivers to utilize the best of both worlds.

The negative design features associated with the SUV are gone in the crossover. The heavy weight of an SUV, for example, bogs down the vehicle and strips it of any reputable fuel economy specs. Crossovers vehicles, however, are known for their paramount fuel economy specs.

Likewise, negative features associated with the sedan—the size, and lack of durability, just to name a couple of examples—are included as crucial components of the crossover design.

That being said, the crossover vehicle has evolved and adapted exponentially over the years since its hazy origination. Today, the crossover is a staple vehicle design, almost as well-known as a class as the sedan, truck, and SUV.

In 2016, automotive manufacturers released many excellent crossover models that were utilized and enjoyed by modern drivers worldwide.

However, three crossover models in 2016 were standout.

Three of them were a significant cut above the rest.

Let’s take a look at 2016’s top crossover SUVs:

1) The 2016 Honda CR-V

Honda has always had a deservedly large stake in the modern automotive industry, and it’s easy enough to understand why. Over the years since its origination, Honda has proven its worth, producing reliable vehicles such as the Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Honda Ridgeline, along with many more, including the 2016 Honda CR-V.

Let’s delve deeper, though, shall we?


The 2016 Honda CR-V crossover offers a lot to its drivers. Here are some of the 2016 Honda CR-V’s basic engine specs:

  • A 2.4-liter engine.
  • Front Wheel Drive, with All Wheel and Four Wheel Drive options readily available.
  • 3-gallon fuel tank.
  • 26 city MPG/33 highway MPG
  • 185-horsepower engine with 181-ft. lbs of torque.
  • Continuously variable-speed automatic transmission.

The MSRP of the Honda CR-V is first-rate in comparison with other models of the same size and class. The take away price for the 2016 Honda CR-V comes in at just under $25,000, which for a crossover vehicle is actually relatively low.

Interior Features

One of the famed strengths of the crossover vehicles has a lot to do with the interior features they offer. An SUV is big and bulky, known to be somewhat of a rough ride, and with few luxuries to be spared.

However, the Honda CR-V displays brilliant interior aesthetics. Modernized to taste of the modern driver who enjoys innovation, practicality, and durability, the interior of the CR-V is sure to please.

Some of the interior features of the CR-V include:

  • A/C with climate control.
  • Bluetooth (standard).
  • HD Radio (available on select styles).
  • Heated/Cooled Seats (available on select models).
  • Keyless Ignition (on select styles).
  • Power seats.
  • Satellite Radio.
  • Cloth Upholstery (leather or leatherette available on select models)

Exterior Features

The Honda CR-V is equipped with steel wheels, while most crossovers of the same size and class only offer alloy wheels. The CR-V also offers its drivers all-season performance tires, which are generally practical in the most diverse of weather conditions-sunny vs. snowing, for example.

Safety Features

In terms of safety features, the 2016 Honda CR-V doesn’t lack. Crossovers are known to be equipped with the majority of the pivotal safety features that come with SUVs.

The 2016 CR-V offers the following safety features:

  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS).
  • Anti-theft system (on select styles).
  • Child Seat Anchors.
  • Side/Curtain Airbags.
  • Stability Control.
  • Traction Control.
  • Basic 3yr./36,000 mile warranty/Drivetrain 5yr./60,000 warranty.

All in all, if you’re looking for a fantastic crossover vehicle that has received a 10.0 rating on KBB.com by consumers across the globe, look no further than the 2016 Honda CR-V.

2) The 2016 Nissan Murano

Known as a bit of a larger crossover vehicle, the Nissan Murano carries with it the steadfast and paramount reputation of the Nissan automobile brand. Ranked a 9.4/10 on KBB.com, the Nissan Murano is a standout crossover vehicle.

Here’s Why

To factually understand why the Nissan Murano ranks a cut above most other crossover SUVs in the same class and price range, let’s take a glance at some of the performance features that the Murano offers first.

Performance Features

What does the 2016 Nissan Murano offer? Let’s take a look:

  • A 3.5-liter engine (larger than most crossover vehicles in the same class and price range).
  • A V6 engine (again, most crossover vehicles carry a 4-cylinder engine, rather than a 6-cylinder engine).
  • Front Wheel Drive capabilities.
  • 0-gallon tank (larger than most crossover SUVs by around 3-4 gallons on average).
  • 21 city MPG/28 highway MPG.
  • 260-horsepower with 240ft.-lbs of torque.
  • A continuously variable-speed automatic transmission.

Interior Features

Nissan is known for their generally simple, yet pristine interior design. The Murano is no different. It offers:

  • A/C with climate control.
  • Bluetooth capabilities.
  • Destination Download (a standard feature with the Murano not available with most crossover vehicles).
  • Destination Guidance (again, a standard feature offered with the Murano not seen in other crossovers).
  • Keyless Ignition (standard).
  • Navigation (available on select styles).
  • Satellite Radio (standard).

Compared to the vast majority of crossover vehicles, the 2016 Nissan Murano hands down outdoes itself once again. Nothing can compare to the semi-luxurious interior features that it offers. Combine that interior with its spacious dimensions and its tall seating package, and you’ve got an unforgettable crossover design.


The 2016 Nissan Murano offers your basic crossover safety features, which are already semi-lavish. The difference here is that with the Murano is that all these safety features are standard, while with most crossover models you will need to upgrade to a more premium style of model to get these same features.

Truth be told, if you can stomach the $30k price tag, the 2016 Nissan Murano is arguably the best crossover vehicle out there.

3) The 2016 Mazda CX-3

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is hot. The exterior design of the Mazda CX-3 is loaded with sharp edges and luscious contours, and is extremely pleasing on the eye.

That being said, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is a lot more than just pretty. Here’s what it has to offer:


In terms of performance, the Mazda CX-3 is undeniably standout. It offers:

  • A 2.0-liter engine.
  • Inline 4 cylinders.
  • Front Wheel Drive capabilities.
  • A 12.7-gallon fuel tank.
  • 29 city MPG/35 highway MPG (excellent compared to most crossover models).
  • 146-horsepower with 146-ft. lbs of torque.
  • 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission.

Interior Features

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is gorgeous inside and out. It delivers the following interior features:

  • A/C with climate control.
  • Bluetooth capabilities.
  • HD Radio (on select styles).
  • Heated/Cooled Seats.
  • Navigation/Parking Assistance.
  • Premium Sound System (on select styles).
  • Satellite Radio (on select models).
  • Cloth Upholstery.

That’s not all, though. Check out the CX-3’s…

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS).
  • Anti-Theft System.
  • Child Seat Anchors.
  • Side/Curtain Airbags.
  • Stability/Traction Control.

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 boasts the lowest price tag, as well, by about $5,000. The takeaway price of the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is only around $20,000.

In closing, this fact remains: 2016’s top crossover SUVs are win, win, and-win.

The crossover platform is rapidly taking over. It’s easy to see why.

Join the revolution.