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Our Picks For The Best And Worst Crossovers Under $25,000
Crossovers are the fastest growing segment of the auto industry. As people have opted out of the big traditional SUVs, like Ford Explorers and Dodge Durangos, for smaller, more car-like rides and better fuel economy, crossovers have given consumers the best of both worlds -- utility and pleasant ride.
The competition is fierce among automakers, and the quality very high. That makes choosing tough when it comes time to sign up for a new vehicle.
The AOL Autos editors ranked crossovers priced below $25,000 to give you a head start when narrowing choices. Our criteria is as follows: utility, performance, features, safety, value. These choices represent the best and worst overall in the category when all those those factors are weighed.
Sticker Price: $24,160 - $30,465No. 5 Best - Buick Encore
Invoice Price: $23,194 - $29,246
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway
The Buick Encore, which was introduced as an all-new crossover last year, is surprisingly good -- and surprisingly cheap. Starting at under $25,000, buyers are treated to an upscale interior, solid fuel economy and a wealth of tech and safety options. All in all, the Encore is a pretty great value and takes the number five spot on our list.
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Sticker Price: $22,945 - $28,945No. 4 Best - Honda CR-V
Invoice Price: $21,554 - $27,170
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
The Honda CR-V has been one of the best crossovers for years, impressing critics and consumers alike. With tons of cargo and passenger volume (it seems to defy conventional physics with how roomy it is), great reliability, a handsome exterior and a low starting price, the CR-V continues to be one of the best selling vehicles in the country and one of our top crossovers.
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Sticker Price: $24,950 - $32,400No. 3 Best - Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Invoice Price: $23,964 - $30,706
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway
Because the Escape, RAV4 and CR-V tend to dominate the crossover discussion, it's easy to forget that there are actually a couple of better options out there. One of these is the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, which boasts a great exterior design, two solid engine options, a superb interior and decent fuel economy. It's versatile, stylish, fun and our pick for the third-best affordable crossover out there.
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Sticker Price: $21,395 - $29,070No. 2 Best - Mazda CX-5
Invoice Price: $20,784 - $28,233
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg city, 35 mpg highway
The Mazda CX-5 is our pick for the best crossover under $25,000. This CUV is undoubtedly the most fun to drive, the best-looking and, with its SKYACTIV drivetrain, the most fuel efficient. We were also impressed with its interior and cargo space, as well as its very low starting sticker price. If you're crossover shopping, we think this should be at the top of your list.
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Sticker Price: $21,995 - $32,995No. 1 Best - Subaru Forester
Invoice Price: $20,811 - $30,836
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway
The 2014 Subaru Forester has been completely redesigned and continues a Subaru tradition of off-road capability, engaging driving dynamics and safety. The crossover tends to fly under the radar a bit with car shoppers, but its fantastic Symmetrical Full-Time All-Wheel Drive should put it on your list, especially if you live somewhere with a rainy and/or snowy climate.
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MSRP: $23,100 - $30,850No. 5 Worst - Ford Escape
Invoice: $21,772 - $28,769
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
The redesigned Ford Escape is handsome and decently fun to drive, but it has had a lot of quality issues, and we're not convinced those are over. The crossover also gets expensive very quickly if you add on some the options Ford boasts about, such as MyFord Touch (which is a buggy infotainment system) and the powered, sensor-activated rear liftgate.
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Sticker Price: $23,305 - $38,835
Invoice Price: $22,373 - $37,282
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway
Much like the Ford Escape, the Volkswagen Tiguan can get expensive in a hurry. It's one of the better crossovers to drive, with its peppy turbo engine and German handling, but it has a bland interior, poor reliability scores and its cargo/passenger space leaves a lot to be desired.
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Sticker Price: $19,995 - $30,795
Invoice Price: $19,730 - $29,266
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway
You might not be aware that this vehicle even exists. The Dodge Journey has been around since 2009, but never really caught on. This is likely due to its lackluster interior and poor driving dynamics. We're looking forward to the next small crossover from Dodge, which will be designed with the help of Fiat, the brand's new Italian owner.
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Sticker Price: $22,100 - $34,950
Invoice Price: $20,330 - $32,155
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg city, 35 mpg highway
The Mini Countryman is a hoot to drive, but its lack of versatility and higher sticker price really hurts its overall value as a crossover. The fact that it only seats four and has minimal trunk space makes it an impractical choice for a family or active single person -- the type of people crossovers are supposed to appeal to most.
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Sticker Price: $22,995 - $27,795
Invoice Price: $22,024 - $26,621
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a dog of a crossover. It's not pretty to look at, has a cheap interior and handles poorly. The one good thing it has going for it is decent fuel economy. Mitsubishi has been really struggling to survive here in the U.S. With vehicles like the Outlander, that will continue to be the case.
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