The Top 5 Best/Worst Crossover SUV's on the Market
A quick summary of the best and worst CSUVs I have test driven. Based on price and performance.
Number 5 of the Worst: Mercedes-Benz GLA250
The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 was a crossover SUV that I could not get along with. It is ugly both inside and out. The controls were all over the place as well and it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth when I think about it. It makes #5 because it mainly is made by Mercedes-Benz but it is cheaply made for it's high asking price of the time at $35,000ish.
Number 5 of the Best: Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue actually surprised me when I drove it. It wasn't boring and the ride was comfortable. The asking price was reasonable at almost $28,000. The reason why it made it to number 5 on the best list is that I wish it had better acceleration. Fuel economy was fair compared to others I have driven.
Number 4 of the Worst: Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Land Rover Discovery Sport was a remarkable ride. But for the hype around it I just could not get on-board with everyone else. Plus it had an asking price of around $50,000. I would rather get a couple Nissan Rogue's for that price. Plus the interior wasn't all that nice and "luxurious." All in all, the Discovery was a let down.
Number 4 of the Best: Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Don't get me wrong, the Stelvio is a beautiful and stylish SUV. Putting it at #4 was and is quite difficult, but considering the competition, I had to place it here. It has everything someone wants in a CSUV: space, some performance, and what not, but the price is where it falls short. $54,000 to be exact. I would rather get the Giulia instead with that money.
Number 3 of the Worst: Range Rover Evoque
Not only is the Evoque a member of the Land Rover family, it is also one of the worst. Even if this is a convertible. Plus, it is just as ugly as the convertible Nissan Murano, which is hard to do. Plus performance was not all that good. Ride comfort was alright and so was the interior design. The space and price of this Evoque killed it for me. I could barely fit a child in the back seats and the price of this model was a whopping $58,000. If you're thinking what could be worse than this, then continue on.
Number 3 of the Best: BMW X3 M40i
The BMW X3 M40i was one of the best crossover SUV's I have driven in the performance and looks categories. It packs a lot of horses under the hood and has an amazing 0-60 time. It falls short on the list not due to space of course, but its price. Almost $62,000. This is a great price considering everything else, but it is not ideally for everyone.
Number 2 of the Worst: FIAT 500X
Not only is the 500X the most ugliest CSUV on this list, it also by far one of the worst. It has horrible ride comfort, space, and performance. The only thing that saves it from being the worst is the price. This was had, used, for $17,000. A little more money if someone bought the AWD package.
Number 2 of the Best: Mazda CX-3
The CX-3 earns the number 2 place because it has decent performance and a reasonable price tag. It also has a decent amount of space for the family. Ride comfort is pleasurable but do not trust accelerating from 0-60 in less than 5 seconds. It has plenty of options to go along with the asking price of this model is around $26,500.
Number 1 of the Worst: Porsche Macan GTS
Sure, the Porsche Macan is pretty to look at. What Porsche isn't? But it has horrible space, which is next to nothing, and the asking price is way far out in left field. The performance of the GTS is also not as great as the BMW X3 M40i, which is almost $30,000 cheaper. The asking price of this Macan is almost $90,000. Where did I see the value of where my money would be in this vehicle? I ofund the answer very quickly: it's in the name, Porsche. Now I love Porsche, but this is extremely pricey for a CSUV that makes everyone feel like a sardine. Thaqt is why this is the worst one on the market.
Number 1 of the Best: Hyundai Kona
The Hyundai Kona wins it all in every category I can think of. It gets the best fuel economy, has decent performance (I suggest getting the Turbo model instead), it is the most reasonably priced, and it is the most stylish CSUV I have driven. The price tag of this Kona is just a hair over $22,000. Who can argue with me on that? No one I believe.
Thank you for reading this. For my reviews on these cars they are in the links below.