In 2021, the market is flooded with incredible crossovers, so it can be hard to sift through the crowd to find a vehicle that’s truly worth an investment. This list includes only the best models that 2021 has to offer, based on styling, interiors, technology, and safety. Best of all, they all come with competitive price points for both standard and upgraded trims.
2021 GMC Terrain
The 2021 GMC Terrain is an excellent crossover that offers superior cargo space, incredible highway mileage, premium styling, and tech-forward features, all at a great low price. The Terrain is an excellent bang for the buck, offering 63.3 cubic feet of space and an incredible 39 highway miles per gallon.
The interior also offers great value. It comes equipped with rear-folding leather seats and has Apple Play and Android music integration. It also has an available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi router that supports up to 7 devices, remoteless start, and keyless entry all from a mobile app. Its touchscreen display is easily customizable as well, rivaling customization levels of even luxury brands. With four-wheel drive options, driver-assisted braking sensors, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning, this GMC created the Terrain to be competitive.
Pricing starts at MSRP $25,000. For current GMC owners, the price comes down 17% below MSRP.
2021 Chevy Equinox
The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is a sporty car, much leaner and sleeker than previous years’ models despite offering up to nearly 64 cubic feet of cargo space with seats folded.
However, it’s the standard and optional safety and convenience features make this 2021 Chevy one to look out for. With an NHSTA perfect 5-star safety rating, the Equinox offers a hands-free liftgate, 360-degree surround-vision for parking, heated and ventilated seating options, and Teen Driver Technology. This latter system automatically turns down any music until the front seat belt is buckled and generates a report card of how the driver performed and how they can improve.
Pricing starts at MSRP $23,800. Current Chevrolet owners may trade in eligible models for an extra $5,000 off MSRP.
2021 Ford Escape
The all-new 2021 Ford Escape offers a host of standard and optional features to delight both Ford fans and critics alike.
Amazon Alexa integration, push-button ignition, a hands-free liftgate, a reverse sensing system, a panoramic vista roof, and bi-xenon HID headlamps are just a few of the unique features of the Escape. Other safety technologies include enhanced park assist, forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, and a cross-traffic alert system.
In terms of safety, especially, one of the standouts of this crossover is its roll stability protection. These are crafted by two sensors that measure yaw and roll rates at all times. As soon as wheel slippage, under / over rotation, ice, gravel, or rain is detected, the system will kick in and correct itself. This makes the Escape perfect for those wanting to tow safely and securely on a tighter budget. Another appealing safety feature of the 2021Escape is Curve Control: a technology that slows down the vehicle one it senses that it’s going too fast around a curve, all to help prevent a serious problem.
Pricing starts at MSRP $24,105.
2021 Honda CR-V
This car is the definition of “award winner.” Winner of the Kelley Blue Book “Best Family Car” award for its safety, reliability, and resale value, the 2021 CR-V by Honda is an excellent family daily driver with Apple Play and Android Audio built into all models. But that’s not all. U.S. News & World Report gave it the “Best SUV Brand” award, Edmunds gave it the “Best SUV award,” and IIHS identified the CR-V as a “Top Safety Pick.” For those wanting peace of mind, safety, and stability then the CR-V with its HondaCare and Limited Warranty packages is an excellent choice.
It boasts 34 miles per gallon on the highway and has a whopping 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space with seats folded. The 2021 model still has its larger distinct style, although this year its exterior design is noticeably edgier. Higher models have LED lights, road-departure mitigation, collision-mitigation sensing, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control as great safety options. Higher models also offer greater creature comforts, like available wood trim, a 330-watt speaker system, and a hands-free tailgate.
Pricing starts at MSRP $24,350.
2021 Hyundai Tucson
The sporty 2021 Hyundai Tucson proves that base models don’t have to be boring. The base model comes with Apple and Android Auto, a 7-inch touchscreen display, and forward-collision avoidance.
Passenger climate-control options, a built-in dedicated Qi-compatible wireless phone charger, smart cruise control, and driver attention warning all help to make the Tucson an appealing choice for prospective buyers looking at 2021 crossovers.
Some of the best features of the 2021 Tucson include 30 miles per gallon on the highway, a 5-star NHTSA Overall Safety Rating, and an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Other attractive features include a hands-free smart liftgate, an available surround-view mirror to help drivers see all angles and avoid collisions, and complimentary BlueLink for 3 years.
Pricing starts at MSRP $23,200.
2021 Kia Sportage
The 2021 Kia Sportage boasts a sporty exterior and offers 30 mile-per-gallon efficiency on the highway, Sirius-XM Radio, a 5-inch touchscreen display, and a rear-camera display. Considering the low base MSRP, prospective buyers would be hard-pressed to find a better bargain.
Some of the more advanced models offer a 7-inch display with Apple and Android Auto, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert for backing up, Harmon/Kardon speakers, a panoramic sunroof, heated leather seats, a SmartPower liftgate, emergency braking, and lane-departure detection.
One of the most unique features of the Sportage is its use of dedicated physical buttons on the dash. Though some may scoff at the idea in a digital world, it actually is a brilliant idea for drivers who don’t want to have to think about anything except maintaining control of their vehicle. When they know where things are and don’t have to think, then they can really avoid some serious problems that could arise from being distracted.
Winner of Kelley Blue Book’s “Best Global Brand” award and coming with their iconic 10-year warranty, the Kia Sportage a great option for those who value safety and technology without sacrificing design and comfort.
Pricing starts at MSRP $23,750.
2021 Toyota RAV4
With curves and edges in all the right places, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 looks phenomenal from the exterior to the interior cabin, all the while boasting great fuel economy.
Boasting a butter-smooth 8-speed automatic transmission, the RAV4’s two-tone interior features and geometric shapes provide a riding experience that’s hard to match in this class. Carrying on a legacy of fuel efficiency, the 2021 boasts up to 35 miles per gallon on the highway, but that’s not all: its dedicated ECO mode further helps save gas and reduce unnecessary power for maximum efficiency.
A multi-link rear suspension ensures a smooth ride while still having more horsepower and pound-feet of torque than other comparable models in its class, all of which gives it better handling capabilities.
Pricing starts at MSRP $25,650.
2021 Mazda CX-3
Great for commuting and road trips, the 2021 Mazda CX-3 offers a quality ride at an unbelievable price.
With an upgraded exterior look, this 2021 model feels fresh and looks great on the road and in the parking lot. The interior is equally as nice, offering larger front seats, optional leather seats, available leather for the steering wheel, and more room with the console.
But looks isn’t the only place where this crossover shines; safety features and performance make this Mazda a real competitor in its class. A more powerful engine is coupled with a vectoring-control program to improve both the driving and riding experiences. Better yet, drivers can expect better safety features on all trim levels, like automatic breaking up to 19 miles per hour and a backup camera. Front-wheel drive is standard, although all-wheel drive is optional.
Pricing starts at MSRP $20,390.
2021 Jeep Cherokee
One of the most awarded crossovers in its class, the Jeep Cherokee only continues to impress in its 2019-year model.
With an aggressive-yet-elegant exterior design, this 2021 crossover is sure to draw looks wherever it goes. The cabin is also first class, combining superior technology with quality finishes. The front touchscreen console can host a variety of applications, including navigation, Bluetooth, Sirius XM radio, and a digital cluster display.
The 2021 Jeep Cherokee offers 3 engine choices: a standard 3.2L V6 that generates 271 horsepower, an optional 2.4L that generates 180 horsepower, and an available 2.0L turbo that generates up to 270 horsepower. With optimal traction, this Jeep is perfect for tackling even the toughest jobs.
Pricing starts at MSRP $25,045.
2021 Nissan Rogue
Comfortable and stylish, this Nissan is able to provide a safe ride at a great price.
Occupants can feel safe when they step into this crossover, with standard and optional safety features backed by several high ratings. The base trim alone can include a rearview camera, rear cross-traffic alerts, auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist. A heated steering wheel, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, keyless entry, and a hands-free liftgate are all great amenities that come standard in higher trim levels.
Most models come with a standard. 2.5L engine that produces up to 170 horsepower and 175 pound-foot of torque, all paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. A hybrid option includes a 2.0L engine that can produce up to 176 horsepower.
Pricing starts at MSRP $25,020.