Crossovers have literally grown stronger and more capable as manufacturers seek to recover from declining SUV sales. For example, the Chevy Traverse has a towing capacity of 5,200 pounds (2,359 kilograms), a leader in the class.
AWD is a common option on crossovers because they are designed with this feature in mind; in fact, the capability to power all four wheels is a defining feature of a crossover. However, many crossovers are still front-wheel-drive to maintain an attractive base price.
Crossovers also offer many minivan-like perks, without the dowdy breadbox styling and negative connotations (at least, "soccer mom" loses some of its bite). These popular and family-friendly features include fold-down seats, lots of high-end electronics and tech toys to sate both busy parents and media-savvy kids, and third row seating (which we'll discuss more later). Few of these options are truly innovative, but that doesn't mean they're any less valuable to the crossovers' target market.
And even though most crossovers come in at prices far below the luxury market, many of them offer a touch of class. According to Edmunds.com, upscale features such as high quality cabin materials and fittings (like those found in the VW Tiguan) are a prized quality amongst this set.
And the most compelling reason to buy a crossover? Well, we've already mentioned it. Keep reading to discover exactly why.