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5 Best Pre-Owned Crossovers You Can Buy Now

Gently used vehicles that do just about everything

Amos Kwon, Editor-In-Chief

Everybody loves a new vehicle, and crossovers are selling like hotcakes. But not everyone wants to pay full sticker price, and there are some great options out there that are only a couple of years old. This means they're likely still in great shape with a current design that holds up well. We've selected five crossovers that are great as gently used vehicles coming off a lease program or just up for sale by dealerships or privately. Here are our five recommendations in this hot segment that should satisfy the savvy crossover shopper in spades.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

  • PROS: Great exterior design that still looks fresh thanks to revisions, great infotainment system, strong turbo engine in the 2.0T has ample grunt, great interior storage space, heated and cooled leather seats available along with second row heated seats.
  • CONS: Ride is on the firm side, gas mileage could be better.

We love the last generation Santa Fe Sport with its available potent turbocharged engine that now has 240 horsepower down from 265 (but with better off-the-line grunt and improved mpgs). Combine that with a roomy first and second row and a robust standard feature set that includes Bluetooth, sliding second row seats, a color infotainment system (4.3 inches with an optional vivid 8.0-inch version), and available panoramic moonroof. New for 2017 are available hands-free power liftgate and adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking.There's also a ton of rear cargo space, especially with the 2nd row folded flat. It's a great family crossover that you can get for less than $20,000.

2017 Toyota RAV4

  • PROS: Remarkably easy to drive, comfortable for long haul drives, ample room in front and back, Limited trim has tons of leather inside, good power for a non-turbo crossover, efficient hybrid available.
  • CONS: Somewhat nondescript styling, interior ergonomics could use improvement.

There are multiple reasons why the last RAV4 was such a hot seller. It's not polarizing in the least and appeals to a wide swath of car shoppers looking for a roomy crossover that's reliable, safe, and easy to drive. That's the RAV4 in a nutshell. For 2017, it also gets excellent safety measures including including a forward collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control. You can get your hands on a top-trim Limited for the low to mid $20Ks.

2017 Ford Edge

  • PROS: Aggressive styling is handsome and unique, car-like ride and handling, great interior space, one of the best infotainment systems around.
  • CONS: Hard plastic center stack is on the cheap side, non-turbo V6 is thirsty.

The Ford Edge is a crossover that stands out thanks to "edgy" styling that's not muted like so many of its competitors. But it's not all show, folks, because the Edge is spacious with room for three adults across the second row seats, not something all crossovers can pull off. There are also three engine options, including a powerful 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 in higher trims. Add the superb Ford SYNC3 system, a huge boot for great storage space, and great front buckets for those tough commutes. You can get a 2017 Edge Titanium that's pretty much loaded for around $20,000, a real value for a crossover this good.

2017 Honda Pilot

  • PROS: An impressive level of space for cargo and passengers, handsome interior is clean and unobtrusive, powerful standard V6 engine, car-like driving manners.
  • CONS: Looks like a minivan from some angles, touchscreen slider for the radio volume is frustrating.

If it's space you need, look no further than the Pilot. It's so big inside, you can lay sheets of drywall flat on its load floor. Plus, there's real room for seven passengers, the 360-visibility is remarkably good thanks to huge amounts of glass. The stock 280 horsepower V6 is powerful, and the Pilot happens to drive way smaller than it is, giving agility to the driver that's unexpected for the size of the vehicle. Good thing you can get a used 2017 Honda Pilot for the mid to high $20K mark, not bad for one of the best big crossovers out there.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • PROS: The American Range Rover has upscale looks for a Jeep, luxurious interior in top trim is truly excellent, available Trailhawk off-road version is even tougher off-road, great safety scores.
  • CONS: Can get thirsty with the V8 engine.

If there's one unibody Crossover/SUV that's actually shockingly good off-road, it's the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Not only does it get Trail-Rated in higher trim levels, even the base Grand Cherokee Sport is very capable while still remaining very civilized on-road. For 2017, the Grand Cherokee gets a rearview camera and rear parking sensors standard. Three available engines in 2017 will satisfy anyone: a non-turbo V6, a V6 diesel, and a booming HEMI V8 that'll blow the doors off almost any other crossover. You can get a 2017 model for around the mid-$20K mark, and you'll have one of the most capable off-road family vehicles around.

What does gently used mean?

  • The terms is generally used for vehicles coming off a lease program and they may qualify as certified pre-owned.
  • They can also be single-owner used cars with a good vehicle history and are only a two or three years old, where most of the depreciation hits.
  • They may also still have the factory warranty depending on mileage.

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