This article was last updated by Digital Trends contributor Kristen Hall-Geisler on March 30, 2020.
You’ve got gear to haul, large items to buy, and pets that need shuttling to play dates. No car will do for you, you need an SUV. The best crossover you can buy is the. It didn’t become Nissan’s best-selling model — and one of America’s best-sellers — by accident. When we drove it, we praised its bang-for-the-buck proposition, its comfortable and spacious interior, and the decent amount of performance it offers.
Standing out in this crowded segment of the market is easier said than done. If the Rogue doesn’t win you over, there are other great options on the market. Digital Trends has driven them all; we published nearly 90 car reviews in 2018. By drawing on this vast experience, we’ve selected the best luxury crossover and the best high-performance crossover, among other options.
The best crossover: Nissan Rogue
Why should you buy this: It’s all the crossover you need.
Who’s it for? Anyone with gear or people to carry.
How much will it cost? $25,300+
Why we picked the Nissan Rogue:
The Nissan Rogue is exactly what a car-derived crossover should be. It’s reasonably big so it can carry five adults and their gear with ease, and it offers a relatively generous amount of ground clearance so it’s not afraid of light off-roading.
And yet, it’s more efficient than its footprint suggests. It’s powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and helps the Rogue return 29 mpg in a combined cycle, while all-wheel drive is offered at an extra cost. These figures are impressive considering the Rogue’s size and weight, and they illustrate what often makes crossovers more attractive than traditional SUVs. However, the hybrid version of the Rogue has been discontinued for 2020.
Even the entry-level Rogue comes with features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, automatic emergency braking, and intelligent lane intervention. Leather upholstery and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist technology, which assists with braking, steering, and lane centering tasks, are offered on more expensive trim levels.
Read our full Nissan Rogue review
The best midsize crossover: Subaru Ascent
Why should you buy this: It’s a big vehicle that doesn’t feel big.
Who’s it for: Large families.
How much will it cost: $31,995+
Why we picked the Subaru Ascent:
The Ascent was designed primarily to keep Subaru owners who needed bigger vehicles from defecting to other brands, but it’s a solid choice even if your current ride isn’t a Forester or an Outback. In addition to plenty of space (including a headline-grabbing 19 cupholders), the seven- or eight-seat Ascent boasts a solid array of tech features and impressive driving dynamics.
Available tech features include built-in Wi-Fi that can support up to eight devices, and a rearview mirror that displays streaming video. Similar to versions offered on certain General Motors and Nissan vehicles, it displays a feed from