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The Best New Crossovers of 2015 and 2016

Written By, NowCar Team

2016 Mazda CX-3

When you're ready to buy a car online and have it delivered, you'll want to first check out some of the stunners from the current crossover segment, an increasingly popular choice. These five are among the best in the crossover class and with good reason. 

Take a look and see which crossover is right for you…

2015 Jeep Renegade: Ready for Action

2015 Jeep Renegade

The newest in the Jeep line up, the 2015 Jeep Renegade is stylish and loaded with fun features. Despite its small stature, measuring 15.4 inches shorter than Cherokee, the Renegade sits an inch wider, which means three passengers can sit comfortably in the back, and the cargo space is significant. 

Available in four trims, Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk, the Renegade comes equipped with a standard four-cylinder 1.4-liter engine that generates 160 horsepower with 184 lb.-ft. of torque, operated by six-speed manual or available nine-speed automatic transmission.

Higher trim levels, like the Limited and Trailhawk, come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, able to produce 180 horsepower with 177 lb.-ft. of torque. With the exception of the four-wheel drive Trailhawk, all other Renegade models are available as front-wheel or four-wheel drive. Automotive reviewers prefer the 1.4-liter engine for its smooth ride.

The Renegade comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, four-speaker sound system, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, and dual sunroofs. This sunroof design, "My Sky" can be ordered so that they are removable. Once removed, the panels store beneath the cargo hold. The "My Sky" panels make you feel as though you're in a Wrangler with all the wind in your hair and the sky above you.

With the rear seats upright, the cargo space measures 18.5 cubic feet, but extends to 50.8 cubic feet when the seats are folded down. 

This is a cute and capable crossover, the ideal car to help you "Go Anywhere, Do Anything." 

2015 Chevy Trax: Tiny and Tech-Savvy

2015 Chevy Trax

The Chevy Trax comes in three trim levels, the LS, LT, and LTZ, and also seats five. Engine options include a turbocharged four-cylinder 1.4-liter engine, operated by a six-speed automatic transmission, producing 138 horsepower with 148 lb.-ft. of torque.

Fuel economy for the Chevy Trax is EPA-estimated at 29 miles per gallon with front-wheel drive and 27 miles per gallon with all-wheel drive.

Excellent safety ratings resulted from government crash tests, for which the Trax received five out of five stars and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, rated the Trax "Good," the highest available rating.

The top line LTZ adds comfort features like heated seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leatherette vinyl interior, along with safety and convenience details like rear parking sensors and automatically-dimming rearview mirror.

Any of the three trims can be customized with one of two available packages: the Plus package or the Sun and Sound package. The Plus package offers a cloth and leatherette interior, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power driver seat, and rear parking sensors, while the Sun and Sound package comes with a Bose audio system and a sunroof.

The affordability of the Chevy Trax, starting at $20,120, is surprising given all the available technology, including the Chevy-exclusive MyLink system, with built-in WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, Siri Eyes Free voice control, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary inputs, and a seven-inch touchscreen.

The Chevy Trax is the ideal crossover to help you "Find New Roads." 

2016 Mazda CX-3: Impressive Interior Design

2016 Mazda CX-3

When it comes to crossover vehicles with a delightfully designed interior, you have to check out the 2016 Mazda CX-3. More in line with the interior found in an Audi, the CX-3 features stitched, plush synthetic leather surfaces complemented by real leather and suede upholstery.

The three trim levels are Sport, Touring, with the Grand Touring at the top of the line.

Basic equipment in the Sport includes cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split rear seat, 16-inch wheels, and tech features like Bluetooth, rearview camera and 7-inch color touchscreen for the infotainment system. Extra bells and whistles, like larger wheels, LED headlights, heated seats, paddle shifters and a sunroof are found on the Touring and Grand Touring models. 

Safety is outstanding, and provided by Mazda's "i-Activesense," which offers automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, lane departure and rear-cross traffic alerts.

The CX-3 is a serious competitor in this segment. After all, Mazda knows that "Driving Matters."

2015 Lexus NX 300h: Luxurious Fuel-Efficiency

2015 Lexus NX

This is the crossover that combines the luxury of a Lexus with outstanding fuel economy. 

Outfitted with a four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine partnered with several electric motors and nickel-metal hydride battery, the 2015 Lexus NX gets an EPA-estimated 32 miles per gallon combined from its all-wheel drive, 33 from the front-wheel drive. 

Best in class fuel economy comes with moderate speed and strength. The NX has 194 horsepower and its performance returned a time of 8.4 seconds in the zero to sixty miles per hour test. Stopping power was better than most other crossovers, with the NX able to make a complete stop from sixty miles per hour in 118 feet.

Earning top safety ratings, the single-trim, five-passenger NX is highly customizable with details from the Premium and Navigation packages, as well as other individual options.

The new NX is the latest representative of the brand's "Passionate Pursuit of Perfection."

2016 Honda HR-V: A Fit Crossover

2016 Honda HR-V

For the 2016 model year, the Honda HR-V will be built on the chassis of Honda's subcompact car, the Honda Fit. 

Powering the 2016 Honda HR-V, however, is it's very own four-cylinder 1.8-liter engine, generating 138 horsepower with 127 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine can be operated by either six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). 

Offered in a trio of trims, the LX, EX, and EX-L, the HR-V comes standard with power accessories, Bluetooth, Pandora, alloy wheels, and a rearview camera.

Available features will include a sunroof, leather seats, navigation system, satellite radio, and heated front seats. 

Starting at $20,000, the HRV trim level might expand to include both a turbocharged and a hybrid option, depending upon sales.

With these future creations already rumored, it's clear that Honda believes in "The Power of Dreams."


The crossover segment continues to grow, delivering unique cars that are fun, affordable, and efficient. Let us help you find and buy your crossover online so that you can get in on the action.