As families grow, the need for a multi-use vehicle, like the 2017 Mazda CX-5, becomes more apparent. Travel sports, extra friends and lots of junk require a car with plenty of space. Since minivans and station wagons are passé and SUVs can be expensive, many families are filling the gap with a crossover vehicle. Dealerships like Westowne Mazda offer plenty of crossover options.
The term “crossover” is relatively new. It came into fashion as a catchall description for compact SUVs and rounded minivans. For shoppers, crossovers offer plenty of benefits. Here are four.
- More Car than SUV
Before the crossover, families moved away from the minivan and toward the SUV, but were turned off by the SUV’s rough, truck-like ride. Crossovers provide the opposite experience. Because they are built on car frames, crossovers deliver a more comfortable experience for drivers and passengers.
- Better Fuel Efficiency Than SUVs
In general, because they are more compact, crossovers provide plenty of extra space for sports equipment, strollers and suitcases, and shun the higher gas mileage SUVs are known for. Some manufacturers even offer hybrid versions of their most popular models. Hybrid vehicles are a combination of gas engine and electric motor.
- Creature Comforts are Common
As the crossover becomes the family vehicle of choice, manufacturers are making sure to include all the creature comforts motorists expect. For many families, third-row seats are must, and many models are making sure to fit those in. Drivers can also expect plenty of tech innovations, such as Bluetooth-enabled dashboards and drop down television monitors.
- Pricing Fits Many Budgets
When manufacturers first introduced the SUV, the cost to own one could be a budget breaker. Even today, the retail price of a true SUV can reach upwards of $30,000 or more. Because of how they are manufactured, often borrowing features, so to speak, from a manufacturer’s midsize models, crossovers are more affordable. Base-model crossovers often start at $20,000. Some bare minimum models are even less expensive.