While many automakers offer crossover vehicles, when it comes to the Best Crossover AWD SUVs, consumers have a few choices to make. You could select one that provides AWD standard, or opt to add it as an extra-cost feature. Either way, you’ll get the best of both worlds: car-like ride and superb handling.
Here are three solid contenders for Best Crossover AWD SUVs:
- Subaru Tribeca – As with all Subaru models, the 2010 Tribeca midsize crossover SUV features standard Symmetrical AWD and, new this year, standard seating for 7 with 3rd row. The single power plant is a 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Excellent safety scores, comfortable and high-quality and functional cabin, and sporty driving experience are all major plusses. Detracting a bit is its higher price than competitors and somewhat lower fuel economy (EPA-estimated 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway). Edmunds comments: “Taken on its own merits, the Tribeca is a perfectly competent vehicle. Seven-passenger seating is standard for 2010, and the now-familiar 3.6-liter flat-6 joins forces with the standard AWD system to deliver solid year-round performance. The Tribeca is also a bit smaller than the average midsize crossover, making it a boon for those who navigate crowded streets and parking lots on a regular basis. Moreover, the Tribeca’s ride is smooth and quiet – unusually so for a Subaru.”
- Acura ZDX – With its sporty driving experience, stunning styling, and luxurious interior that some reviewers call “sumptuous,” the 2010 midsize crossover SUV is now Acura’s flagship SUV. Based on the MDX platform, Acura describes the ZDX as a “four-door sports coupe.” Motor Trend, which named the ZDX as a contender for the 2010 Sport/Utility of the Year, says, “If you want an Acura for family road trips, buy an MDX. The ZDX is designed for couples – trendy youngsters or fifty-something empty nesters – who want a vehicle that not only stands out in the valet line at a hip hotel, but is a comfortable and capable ride for quick getaway trips, regardless of the weather or the road surface.”
- Volvo XC60 – Consumers should definitely check out the all-new 2010 Volvo XC60 compact luxury crossover SUV. AWD is standard with the 281-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, the T6 model, and is a $2,000 option on the base model. Reviewers are almost unanimously impressed with XC60’s nimble handling, and a major plus is that it features the highest ground clearance in its class. Consumer Guide says, “Refined and loaded to the brim with expected and innovative safety features, Volvo’s first compact SUV is a good one…With more and more manufacturers entering the compact-premium-SUV segment, standout products are more critical than ever. XC60’s balance of power, handling, and comfort make it a Recommended choice for those who desire something small, yet upscale.”
Other Best Crossover AWD SUVs to consider include the Honda CR-V, named U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 Best Compact Crossover for the Money.