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When it comes to transporting the family, tending to various lifestyle wants and needs, not every household can make do with a sedan as an all-purpose vehicle, especially if it’s a family consisting of five or more members.
Looking at the number of alternate transportation choices available in the market, a crossover SUV may be a viable solution. But a compact may be too small or not have the towing or storage capacity needed. In this case, a mid-size crossover could very well fill the bill.
Still, family budgets being stretched to the max, consumers are looking for affordable family vehicles to allow them to maximize their dollars while meeting all or most of their transportation needs.
Here we list six 2012 mid-size crossovers under $30,000. We’ve taken the base price plus destination charge into account to arrive at a net price of less than $30,000. This, of course, does not take into consideration any available discounts which can further reduce the price. And taxes, fees and registration, along with options, are extra.
2012 Dodge Durango SXT RWD- $28,995 base price, $850 destination charge, $29,845 net price
2012 Ford Edge SE FWD - $27,750 base price, $825 destination charge, $28,575 net price
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2012 Toyota Highlander FWD - $28,090 base price, $810 destination charge, $28,900 net price
2012 Ford Explorer FWD - $28,280 base price, $825 destination charge, $29,105 net price
2012 Hyundai Veracruz GLS FWD - $28,345 base price, $810 destination charge, $29,155 net price
2012 Honda Pilot LX FWD- $28,470 base price, $810 destination charge, $29,280 net price
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Of the six, all are front-wheel drive (FWD) except for the rear-wheel drive (RWD) 2012 Dodge Durango SXT. Four are seven-seater crossovers, while the Honda Pilot carries eight passengers, and the Ford Edge has a maximum five-passenger capacity.
Note also that five of the six, with the exception of the Hyundai Veracruz, are Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
In the coming days, we’ll take a closer look at some of these crossovers, detailing what’s unique about each that may help in making a decision about which one is right for your family’s wants and needs.
For two less-expensive choices for mid-size crossovers, take a look at Eleven 2012 Crossovers Under $25,000.