The 4 Best 2011 Crossover Vehicles

Currently there is a trend in American society (and around the world) which is the disappearance of the middle class, as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. In a way, the selection of cars Americans have is following a similar trend; big cars and trucks keep getting bigger, while smaller vehicles keep getting more compact. And while the middle ground appears to be shrinking, it hasn’t disappeared completely — there are plenty of high-quality crossover SUVs to fill in the gap between monster SUVs and tiny compacts. Luckily, the selection of 2011 crossover vehicles is a particularly strong group, so you’re unlikely to walk away disappointed if you pick one of the options below.

Top 2011 Crossover Vehicles

Chevrolet Equinox

The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is a favorite of many shoppers because it’s a great value — the base price is just under $23,000. As with the price, the size of the 2011 Equinox is on the small side compared to other 2011 crossover vehicles, which can be beneficial in terms of maneuverability, although one drawback is the lack of a third row of seats. However, this drawback may be overcome depending on your preferences, as the Equinox rates highly for safety and reliability. The Equinox provides 246 horsepower but can get as much as 32 mpg (highway; 22 mpg city). Other benefits include the quiet cabin, sleek exterior design and technological tie-ins, such as OnStar service, Bluetooth, USB port and an E85 option. You can also opt for upgrades such as a V6 engine and all-wheel drive.

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

For a crossover with European flair and classic luxury, try the 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan. With an attractive and comfortable interior, powerful engine and superior handling, this is one of the best 2011 crossover vehicles available. The Tiguan also earned high marks for safety and the standard model is good for 26 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in the city.

Of course, there are downsides, such as the relatively limited storage space and upscale price. You may also find repairs more expensive because this isn’t an American car, but the brand is a reliable one. If you have particular preferences, the Tiguan can be a good choice, as there are three different models from which to choose. On the high end is the SEL, which offers top-tier features such as rearview camera, leather upholstery, keyless ignition, rain-sensing wipers and more. If nothing else, the Tiguan stands out for its classy appointments and luxury feel.

2011 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V has been a top choice since its inception, and the 2011 model does not break that trend of success. This crossover SUV is affordable and useful, with ample room for your family and your cargo. The CR-V is on the compact end of the class of 2011 crossover vehicles, but size isn’t everything in this category. One way in which the relatively small size helps the CR-V is in terms of handling; the CR-V provides enviable maneuverability and impressive fuel economy — 28 mpg highway and 21 mpg city. Despite its small size, the CR-V has earned accolades in terms of safety and reliability.

The 2011 Honda CR-V provides a smooth, somewhat luxurious ride, with features such as heated seats and optional sunroof, leather seats and voice navigation. As with other crossovers, the Honda CR-V isn’t flawless, but its drawbacks don’t offset its advantages. The CR-V cabin doesn’t block out as much noise as other models, and the engine isn’t as powerful as some of its peers. In a sense, the 2011 Honda CR-V is a jack of all trades, master of none, which can be a great fit if you have a variety of needs but no absolutely specific requirements.

2011 Toyota Rav4

Last but certainly not least is the 2011 Toyota Rav4, considered by some industry reviewers to be the best 2011 crossover vehicle available. As with the Honda CR-V, the Rav4 has been dominating this category for years, and the 2011 model continues the legacy. With ample cargo space and third-row seating, the Rav4 is a family-friendly vehicle, but it is far from the traditional “soccer mom” van thanks to a powerful engine and impressive handling. The 2011 Rav4 is loaded with safety features such as side-curtain airbags designed to sense rollovers, so you can be confident that your human cargo is secure. The Rav4 is also reliable and provides a smooth ride, but it can feel cramped if you have a lot of large passengers and the interior design is a strictly no-frills affair.

The class of 2011 crossover vehicles is a large one, but the choice of which to drive home doesn’t have to be difficult. Several crossovers stand out among the pack, with near-ideal combinations of features geared toward performance, luxury and utility. More research is always better than less, so be sure to check all of your options before making a commitment.

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Category: Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagon