Crossovers are scalding hot right now because people want vehicles with sport utility size and practicality, but with driving dynamics of a car.
Fortunately, you don’t have to pay a lot of money to get into these jack-of-all-trade vehicles, especially with new sub-compact crossovers coming out like the Honda HR-V and the Mazda CX-3. Unfortunately, pricing information for the small Mazda crossover haven’t been announced, but when it does, you can expect it to be somewhere near the top of this list. Here’s our list that starts at under $23,000 including destination.
Hyundai starts us off with its in-between-sized Tucson. Coming in at $22,545, the Tucson is bigger than most subcompact crossovers, but smaller than most compact ones. It features a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that makes 164 HP and 151 lb-ft of torque. With its standard six-speed automatic transmission, the affordable front-wheel drive Tucson is rated to get 23 MPG combined, which puts it behind the competition. A new Tucson has been revealed, so if you want this deal you’ll have to get to your Hyundai dealership quickly.
With the exception of this XV Crosstrek, which is only available with all-wheel drive, all of the crossovers on this list are front-wheel drive. Not only that, but this isn’t your typical slip’n’grip system. Subaru setups are always sending power to all four wheels. Despite that, the XV is capable of getting 29 MPG combined. Not bad for under $23,000.
Don’t stop believin’ in the incredible value that the Dodge Journey offers. Starting at under $22,000 the base Journey features front-wheel drive and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. That engine makes 173 HP which is pretty solid for compact crossovers, but since its mated to a four-speed automatic, its only capable of getting 26 MPG on the highway.
The funky looking Nissan Juke starts at just over $21,000, but that’s a pretty basic example of the car. It features front-wheel drive, but still sports an energetic 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That motor makes 188 HP, and nets 28 MPG city and 32 MPG highway when paired to the standard CVT. Further enhancing the Juke’s appeal is the wide selection of vibrant color choices you can get for no additional cost, including a bright yellow shade called Solar Yellow, and a deep blue hue called Cosmic Blue.
No, you haven’t gone into a time machine, this is a very much the same Rogue you saw back in 2013. Nissan knows just how important the crossover market is right now and is still offering the last generation Rogue for people who can’t spare the extra cash for a new model. Under the hood is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 175-hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. That motor is mated to a CVT that helps the car get 28 on the highway and 23 MPG in the city.
Chevrolet’s city-sized crossover starts just under $21,000, making it a very affordable little crossover. Based on the Sonic subcompact, the Trax comes with a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that makes 138 hp, that’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This tiny front-wheel drive crossover gets 26 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway. Finally, despite its small size you get 48.4 total cubic feet of storage.
Hot on the heels of the Trax is the new Fiat 500X, which is about $100 less than the Chevy. Fiat’s entry has a lot in common with the Jeep Renegade, which is also on this list, meaning they both sport 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines that makes 160 horsepower with 184 lb-ft of torque. If you want your 500x to be as affordable as possible, you’ll have to row your own gears, a nine-speed automatic transmission is a $1,500 add-on and comes packaged with a different engine.
You haven’t forgotten about the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport have you? It starts at $20,445 and features a 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a five-speed manual transmission. That combination gives this front-wheel drive crossover a 26 MPG rating in combined driving situations.
The brand new Honda HR-V is the first crossover on this list to slip under the $20,000 mark. Placed below the CR-V in the Honda lineup this new vehicles borrows quite a bit from the Honda Fit. It uses a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. That’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Rated to get 25 MPG in the city and 34 MPG combined, this is sure to be a hot seller in this segment.
The new Jeep subcompact is the most affordable crossover on our list, coming in at under $19,000.The Renegade certainly looks cooler than the other Jeeps on here, and sports some more interesting hardware. Under the hood is a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that makes 160-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Pair that to a six speed manual transmission and the Renegade is capable of getting 27 MPG combined, including a pretty solid 31 MPG highway figure.
However, if you’re looking for a screaming deal on crossover, regardless of the vehicle, then stroll past the Renegade and right to two other Jeeps: the Jeep Compass is just $19,990, while you can get a Jeep Patriot for $17,790. Why didn’t we include these two cars on the full list? Easy: they’re on their way out and are about to be discontinued or completely redesigned.