SUV and crossover sales are climbing – or more accurately, skyrocketing. In the past few years, we’ve seen sedans and wagons booted from entire lineups (i.e. Ford) in place of SUVs. And thus far in 2018, we’ve driven a lot of them.
Almost 50 SUVs and crossovers have crossed our path since January 1st. Most of them do respectable jobs carrying passengers and cargo, as well as returning reasonable gas mileage and being decent to drive. Ten of them, however, made more of an impact with us based on their rating.
Every vehicle we drive undergoes the same testing process and gets ranked. They are scored in seven different categories, which are weighted based on each segment. Towing, for instance, is weighted more for crossovers and SUVs than for sedans, where it doesn't factor at all. The full list of categories we score are as follows:
- Design & Exterior
- Interior & Comfort
- Technology & Connectivity
- Performance & Handling
- Safety Features
- Running Costs & Fuel Economy
Lastly, we don't break down our vehicle segments into separate categories based on size or price. This means that all crossovers and SUVs are judged against all other crossovers and SUVs, no matter their size and price. Somewhere in there is the ideal vehicle, which we think the following 10 come pretty close to achieving.