In part one of Captivating 2011 Crossovers, we covered two from Honda (CR-V and Accord Crosstour), and one each from Ford (the Edge) and MINI (the all-new Countryman, arriving in January 2011). Here, again in no particular order, are a few more too-cute-and-more 2011 crossovers to check out. Note that they’re all 2011 Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Hyundai Tucson – Automaker Hyundai markets the compact Tucson as the “un-boxy” crossover, the first from Hyundai to be designed in Europe. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine on GL is more fuel-efficient (EPA-estimated 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway with automatic transmission and front-wheel drive) than the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, Hyundai claims. And the 2.4-liter engine on GLS and Limited get 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway in front-drive and 21/28 mpg in all-wheel drive (AWD). Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRPs) range from $18,745 to $24,695.
Kia Sorento – You’ve seen the ads with the kids’ toy characters cavorting in and about the 2011 Kia Sorento – certainly a “departure from the unexpected,” in Kia’s terminology. Somewhere between compact and mid-size, the all-new 2011 Sorento is no longer a truck-based ‘ute. Now, it’s pure crossover – and more fun than ever. With two powerful engines, and lots of standard features for the price (MSRPs start at $22,595), Sorento may be just captivating enough to win over some consumers.
Kia Sportage – Yup, here’s another cute crossover from Kia, this time the compact 2011 Sportage, which the automaker bills as “designed for the next level.” Starting at an MSRP of $18,295, Sportage certainly is priced right. Lots of standard high-tech features, impressive warranty, and roomy interior are other stand-outs. Though it’s closely related to the Hyundai Tucson, the Kia Sportage has style all its own.
2010 Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Tiguan – Longer, lower, and wider than before, the all-new 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan compact crossover is ready to do challenge with its car-like competition. VW says it’s the “only compact SUV with a [200-hp 2.0-liter] turbo engine standard.” Well, they call Tiguan an SUV. We say it’s Das Crossover. Three models range in starting MSRP from $23,200 (S) to $31,550 (SEL).
Missed the first part of this article? See Captivating 2011 Crossovers, Part One.