There aren't any significant changes for most of the 2018 crossover SUVs on the market. Rest assured, some minor changes mean drive and passenger safety are still top of mind. Fortunately, prices have not gone up considerably. One automaker made enough improvements to one of its CUVs to bring it up to the top spot. Several manufacturers are introducing brand new 2018 CUV models that are intriguing. They are tough little compact CUV's that promise to be fun to drive and easy on the wallet.
What are the top budget-friendly 2018 crossover SUVs?
In 2017, the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape were the top three CUVs. It appears that at least the CR-V and CX-5 will be in the same position for 2018. All three are designed to carry five people, including the driver.
The Honda CR-V won Car and Driver's 10 Best and Editor's Choice Awards in 2017. The 2018 CR-V is available in four different trim levels with your choice of either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The LX is the base trim. It comes with a 2.4-L I-4 engine and gets 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway if you get it with FWD. If you opt for AWD, you can expect to get 25/31 mpg. The EX, EX-L and Touring trim levels come with a 1.5-L turbocharged I-4 engine. The FWD models get 28/34 mpg while the AWD models get 27/33 mpg. They all have 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space. MSRP base price ranges from $24,985 to $34,735.
The Mazda CX-5 won Car and Driver's Editor's Choice award in 2017. Mazda won't begin production of the CX-5 until November. Prices and specs haven't been released, but there aren't any big changes expected for 2018. MSRP for the 2017 CX-5 was $24,045 to $29,395.
The Ford Escape is available in four different trim levels with either a 1.5-L EcoBoost, 2.0-L Twin Scroll EcoBoost or 2.5-L iVCT I-4 engine. They get 21-23 mpg in the city and 28-30 mpg on the highway. MSRP base price for the 2018 Escape ranges from $23,850 for the S trim to $32,045 for the Titanium.
What are the top luxury 2018 CUVs?
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace got an overall rating of four out of five stars from Motor Trend. The 2017 model took third place in U.S. News and World Report ranking with an overall score of 8.8 out of 10. The 2018 F-Pace will likely get the same rating. Thanks to the fact that the same manufacturer makes Jaguar and Land Rover, you can take this Jaguar off-road. It is fairly fuel efficient with 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. It is also quite roomy, with a total of 63.5 cubic feet of cargo space when you fold down the rear seats. Base MSRP for the 2018 F-Pace is $42,065.
Porsche's 2018 Macan took second place in U.S. News and World Report ranking with an overall score of 8.9 out of 10. Motor Trend likes the F-Pace just a little bit more, though. They gave the Macan three and one-half stars out of five. It is a beautiful luxury CUV, though, that has great handling. You can take this one off-road, too, if you are so inclined. It gets 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The base MSRP for the 2018 Macan is $47,800.
What is the number one 2018 crossover SUV?
The Audi Q5 is the top 2018 crossover SUV with an overall U.S. News and World Report Score of 9.4 out of 10. It got a score of 10 for safety. Motor Trend gave the 2018 Q5 four out of five stars. That is up from three and one-half stars in 2017. Audi upgraded the Q5's infotainment system, which comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and improved its overall ease of use. They added some advanced safety features, both standard and as available upgrades. The new Q5 is more fuel efficient, too, getting 19-23 mpg in the city and 24-27 mpg on the highway. It has room for five people to ride very comfortably in its high-quality leather-clad interior. Base MSRP for the 2018 Q5 ranges from $41,500 to $58,500, depending on which of the five available trim levels you prefer.
Are there any brand new CUVs coming out in 2018?
Yes, there are. Automakers are doing their best to compete in the fast-growing realm of B-segment or subcompact crossovers. Ford is throwing their hat in the ring with the brand new EcoSport. They are offering it in four trim levels with base MSRP ranging from $19,995 to $26,740. You can choose between the 1.0-L EcoBoost engine or the 2.0-L Ti-VCT I-4 engine. Official mileage figures have not been released; however, the Ford Focus gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with the 2.0-L Ti-VCT and 30/40 mpg with the 1.0-L EcoBoost engine. The EcoSport should get similar mileage.
Hyundai has a brand new 2018 crossover SUV in the works. The 2018 Kona is a small, subcompact CUV that will be available with your choice of a 1.0-L turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, 1.6-L turbo GDI engine, 2.0-L Atkinson engine, a 1.6-L diesel engine or an all-electric motor with a range of over 240 miles on a fully-charged battery. The base MSRP and mileage figures have not been released yet.
Kia is introducing the Stonic, which is their new B-segment addition. It became available in the UK in October. This subcompact CUV comes in two trim levels with your choice of three engines. The price for this new CUV in the UK is 16,295 to ??20,495, which converts to $21,506 to $27,049.