13 Best Crossover SUVs of 2021: Photos and Details

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These Great Crossover SUVs Should Be on Your 2021 Shopping List

Crossover SUVs are easily the best-selling vehicles in the United States. As demand has grown, so too has the number of new SUV models coming to market. This creates a favorable environment for shoppers. 

Whether your priority is cargo space, ride quality, technology, or price, there are multiple models to choose from. If there’s a downside to this, it’s that finding the best vehicle to fit your needs requires considerable research.

Fortunately, U.S. News has done the hard work for you. We have compiled a list of the 13 best crossover SUVs as determined by the overall scores we assign them. Our overall scores take into account objective measurables such as fuel economy, crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and predicted reliability ratings. We also consider the consensus opinions of the automotive press. 

For shoppers on a tight budget, small SUVs are a great choice. There are a couple of subcompact and compact SUVs that make our list and start at under $21,000. People who regularly tow a small trailer but don’t require the muscle of a full-size truck will discover models with towing capacities of up to 5,000 pounds. That’s more than enough for towing a couple Jet Skis or a single-axle trailer. You’ll even find crossovers that can carve corners; maybe not as well as a sports car, but with enough grip and verve to satisfy drivers who genuinely enjoy the behind-the-wheel experience. Some even have mild off-road capability.

There are lots of people movers on this list, too, as well as models with truly cavernous cargo holds. Cabins range from comfortable to downright luxurious. Finally, tech lovers will find plenty of models here to embrace, as the standard list for infotainment and active safety features continues to grow on many models. 

These vehicles are ranked in ascending order, based on their U.S. News overall scores. In the event of a tie (there were a few here), the vehicle with the lower starting price will take the higher position.

As you review our list, keep in mind that U.S. News is constantly updating its scores as more information and data become available. It’s possible, therefore, that the scores here may not align with the current scores on the U.S. News site. 

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