If you reside within the confines of the concrete jungle, opting for a crossover instead of a saloon doesn’t make much sense – unless you plan to go off-roading on a regular basis. In day-to-day driving, a crossover is more difficult to manoeuvre than a comparably sized notchback.
Crossovers, however, have certain advantages over regular cars. They offer more space and versatility, while their taller stance gives drivers a more commanding view of the road.
Promising to live up to its moniker is the CR-V, whose initials stand for Comfortable Runabout Vehicle. Honda claims that this fourth-generation model is not only roomier than before, but also more fuel-efficient thanks to its improved powertrain.
Still a newcomer to this segment, the Mazda CX-5 aims to impress with its potent engine and excellent equipment. The car’s SkyActiv technology, which includes a lightened chassis, should also appeal to sportier drivers.
Targeting buyers with active lifestyles is the all-new, fourth-generation RAV4, which is the only one here with all-wheel drive. Toyota says that its dynamic-looking crossover (which we tested in Premium guise) is not only more spacious now but has improved refinement, too.
Which of these contenders will please suburbanites seeking an outdoorsy yet versatile runabout? Read on to find out what we think.