Until 20 years ago crossover SUV segment almost didn’t exist. We could find some vehicles whose characteristics were similar. However, these were big, heavy, slow, not so fuel-friendly, and finally expensive. Who needs such vehicle?
Nevertheless, since we stepped into the third millennium, a new segment in automotive industry started its raise. The growth doesn’t stop and now we have numerous classes in the crossover segment. Buyers can choose sizes, equipment, purpose, of their SUVs. Compared to its ancestors, everything is better. Compared to vehicles in other segments, crossovers are close to their main advantages, or even better.
First of all, SUVs are probably the safest vehicles on road. With this segment, you get a comfort of a sedan. Only high-performance cars can top the specs of crossovers. However, SUVs are keeping an excellent gas mileage. Some of them can take up to seven or eight passengers, which leads to discontinuation of minivan category. Finally, the price is not so high anymore, and for extra cash, buyers can get a lot more.
During this period we could see different models. Some are already legendary, while some are not in production anymore. Few crossovers are relatively new, but its popularity jumped immediately. Now, we will try to make a list of top ten crossovers for next season.
#10 2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid
Bentayga is a luxury crossover. Not too many vehicles can match its offer. Premium features and design in combination with high outputs are all a driver and owner of a crossover wants. However, its price is usually the stumbling block when it comes to purchasing. Limited numbers of buyers know what to expect from it. However, they probably couldn’t imagine 2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid. This is a surprise for the entire industry, and we will see how the carmaker is going to pull out this trick. Only a rumor about the hybrid deserves to rank this vehicle in our Top 10 list.
#9 2019 Lincoln Nautilus
Sorry Navigator, but a rookie will steal the cookie next year. The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is a replacement for MKX crossover. This company will rename all MK vehicles from its lineup. One of the first to see under the different nameplate is MKX, or from now on, Nautilus. Nevertheless, this wasn’t just a renaming. The 2019 Nautilus will borrow many things from its predecessor, but we will see brand-new styling and equipment. Refresh is worth #9 spot on our countdown.
#8 2019 Honda Pilot
Pilot is one of the most-favorite models in recent years. In 2016 the company launched a new generation. Since the evolution in this segment is very quick nowadays, it is time for the first facelift. The 2019 Honda Pilot is not going to bring too many changes, but its reputation is enough to rank it on #8.
A revisit could bring new lights and a modified grille. Updates of the interior are going to add few more accessories to the base model. Also, higher trim levels will offer more features. The drivetrain remains the same, with 3.5-liter V-6 supplying the 2019 Pilot with energy. Finally, the SUV could see a fresh hybrid version next season.
#7 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Modifications of the drive system will make 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid one of the most interesting models. The first thing coming on our mind when we speak about these kinds of drivetrains is better gas mileage. But, the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid is going to improve other specs too. For example, the conventional 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit is capable to create 175 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. With an electric motor, the same unit delivers 200 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque. Compared to its predecessor, it is a slight boost in both outputs. Mileage will jump for more than 10 mpg for city ride. That is why is Rav4 Hybrid worth of #7 for 2019 season.
#6 2019 Kia Sportage
When we were talking about fast growth and instant success, one of the vehicles we could mention is Sportage SUV. Although it exists for 25 years, this nameplate has never worth of mentioning when we speak about best crossovers. But now, since the company launched the third generation in 2015, the rise of Kia Sportage is incredible. It followed steps of its compatriots coming from Hyundai. However, now we can speak of Kia as the more important player on the market. Definitely, the 2019 Kia Sportage is a star of the upcoming year.
#5 2019 Mazda CX-5
The #5 on our list is 2019 Mazda CX-5. Another relatively new model, introduced in 2012, after initial success, headed into the second generation after only five years. However, the amount of innovations and the speed of evolution of this model is incredible. For next season the company prepares more updates. One of the highlights will be a new “Kodo” design language and colors. Small tuning will keep the model fresh and highly ranked on our list.
#4 2019 Ford Expedition
The new Bronco will definitely steal the show in 2019. However, it is just a premiere, while production of this model starts in 2020. Sorry Bronco, there is no room on our list for you this time. But, there is another Ford’s star here. Expedition, as a full-size vehicle is one of the most expensive models in our countdown. However, the popularity of the SUV is what brings it here. This is probably one of the crossovers that can compete in trucks’ segment with its specs. The longer wheelbase and towing capacity are making Expedition an excellent choice for longer family trips.
#3 2019 Subaru Forester
It is strange to see Subaru ranking so high. It is also weird because the crossover is offering only one engine and transmission. Subaru decided to cut a 2.0-liter engine due to poor sales. It leaves its 2.5-liter Boxer as the only solution to the CVT auto gearbox. Tuning will add 12 horses compared to the model for 2018. More updates are waiting in the cockpit. We are going to find new equipment and extra room in the cargo area. Safety is very important since the 2019 Subaru Forester is going to be used for an off-road drive. And its AWD system is another thing we should pay attention to.
#2 2019 Audi Q5
After VW’s scandal with CO2 emissions fake reports, all German carmakers are somehow quiet. However, fans know what to expect from BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. The next season will bring a redesign of the Q5 crossover. But, we are interested more in changes in the engine room. While buyers in the US are not expecting to see a diesel, 2019 Audi Q5 could surprise everyone with it. However, it is not likely to happen, and the SUV will stick to its 2.0-l TFSI petrol powertrain.
So, why is this vehicle in our #2 spot? Audi is always looking forward. Germans are leaders in innovations, and so it is with Audi Q5. In 2019 we will see the first e-tron edition of the SUV. It is not going to be a totally electric vehicle, but a hybrid that boosts overall output for 110 hp. Confirmation from Peter Mertens, head of development segment in Audi is making all fans wait for Q5 eagerly.
#1 2019 Dodge Durango
And our #1 at Top 10 New SUVs for 2019 is Dodge Durango! Everything is interesting on this model. Even the base trim will bring a lot of excitement. But, the company will offer more to their buyers. A special edition of the 2019 Dodge Durango will raise brows of enthusiasts. But, it is nothing compared to the SRT version. Top of the class model will be able to pump out 475 horses. A towing capacity if 8,500 pounds and the crossover still can sprint to 60 mph in just above 4 seconds? Incredible records worth #1 spot.