Best 2019 & 2020 Small SUVs & Crossovers

Keep these smaller and mid-size sport utilities on your shopping list

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If you’re in the market for a small, mid-size SUV or crossover, you’ve got a lot of choices right now. From long-running models like the Ford Explorer to brand new entries including the Cadillac XT4 and XT6, Nissan Kicks, Volvo XC40, or return of the Chevy Blazer. This year also brings us some new all-electric utilities void of a hybrid engine-motor setup. Here, we outline brand new entries either on sale now or arriving sometime in 2019; both 2019 and 2020 models featured. We’ve organized this guide as follows:

  1. Affordable compact and luxury
  2. Electric crossovers
  3. Mid-size and small

1. 2019 Affordable Compact & Luxury Crossovers

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2019 Nissan Kicks. Photo: Amee Reehal

2019 Nissan Kicks

The latest entry from Nissan is the all-new 2018 Kicks – a compact crossover aimed at urbanites in tight places looking for a nimble, stylish vehicle that offers decent cargo space to haul their weekend toys. Kicks also has some interesting “issues” that may or may not be a deal-breaker for some buyers: you cannot get it with all-wheel drive, at any price. The platform just won’t support a rear driveshaft. It’s one of, it seems, only a few vehicles remaining with rear drum brakes, and it has a CVT, or continuously variable transmission.

Key features:

  • 122-hp, 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine DOHC engine
  • CVT transmission
  • Horsepower – 122 hp @ 5,800 rpm
  • Torque – 114 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
  • Drivetrain – Front engine/front-wheel drive
  • 16″ Steel wheels with full wheel cover standard
  • 7.0″ colour touch-screen monitor standard

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2019 Volvo XC40. Photo: Volvo

2019 Volvo XC40

For a compact crossover, the new XC40 retains a fairly big footprint. Powered by a 2.0L turbo-four, you’ll have a PHEV option coming soon. For the gas options, there’s the 187-hp T4 or the burlier 248-hp T5. Visually, the Scandinavian utility is unmistakably Volvo and looks both clean and sleek.

Key features:

  • In-line 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine
  • Front Wheel Drive for lower trims
  • All-wheel Drive for top trims
  • 187 hp @ 4700 rpm
  • 221 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
  • 360° Surround View Camera standard
  • 9″ Center Display w/Touch Screen standard

2. Electric Crossovers New For 2020

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2021 Mustang Mach-E. Photo: Amee Reehal

2021 Mustang Mach-E

Key features:

  • 0-60 in the mid-3 seconds (top trim)
  • 459-hp and 600 lb.ft of torque
  • 15.5-inch screen with the next-generation Ford Sync3 system
  • 120-volt quick charger provides 3-mile range
  • 240-volt charger provides 22-mile range
  • Ford Connect charge station provides 32-mile range
  • Mustang Mach-E GT gets unique splitter with black look, 20-inch wheels, smooth top surface, seats in Alcantara
  • Interior uses no animal materials like leather
  • $7500 US federal tax credit

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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric. Photo: Hyundai

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

The new and distinctively-styled Kona crossover is already available, but now Hyundai adds a sustainable model to the mix with the Kona Electric. Output is listed at 201-hp and 291 lb-ft of torque. Charging time is estimated at 55 minutes to get 80% charge when using a Level 3 charging station, and close to 10 hours on a Level 2 station. The looks are polarizing but the fuel-savings may offset all that. Plus, notable standards like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking are all included.

Key features:

  • Interior permanent magnet synchronous electric motor
  • Electric motor power output 150 kW (201 hp)
  • Electric motor torque 290 lb-ft.
  • Battery type Lithium-ion polymer (LiPB)
  • Battery capacity 64.0 kWh
  • Battery power output 170 kW
  • Maximum EV operation speed 167 km/h
  • Front-wheel drive

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2019 Audi e-Tron Quattro. Photo: Audi

2019 Audi e-Tron Quattro

With looks more inline with a wagon than a crossover, the 2019 e-Tron Quattro is the German brand’s first full-production, long-range EV, so it’s a significant vehicle. Powered by 3 electric motors paired to a 95-kW-hr battery pack, expect towing capacity of close to 4,000 pounds and a top speed of an electronically-limited 124.3 MPH. Oh, and sprint 0-62 MPH in 5.7-seconds. Here’s what Audi’s electric E-Tron crossover looked like in concept form back in 2015.

Key features:

  • 0-60 mph in 5.5 sec.
  • 300 kW with boost engage technology
  • Towing Capacity – 4,000 lbs
  • Five modes, including off-road air suspension
  • Capable of fast charging – 150 kW DC
  • 95 kWh battery

3. Smaller, Mid-Size 2019 & 2020 SUVs

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2020 Cadillac XT6. Photo: Cadillac

Key features:

  • Engine type: 3.6L V6
  • Horsepower: 310 hp
  • Torque: 271 lb/ft
  • 3rd row seating
  • 9-speed automatic transmission

2020 Chevy Blazer RS
2020 Chevy Blazer RS. Photo: Amee Reehal

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Key features:

  • 5-passenger seating
  • FWD, 3.6L V6 engine
  • Horsepower – 305 @ 6600
  • Torque – 269 @ 5000
  • Transmission – 9-speed automatic, electronically-controlled with overdrive
  • 1,500 lbs maximum conventional trailering
  • 4.2″ diagonal color Driver Information Center standard
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot capable standard

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2020 Ford Explorer ST. Photo: Amee Reehal

2020 Ford Explorer

Key features:

  • 3.0L EcoBoost turbo engine
  • Projected 365-hp
  • Projected 380 lb.-ft. of torque
  • New 10-speed transmission
  • New Explorer Hybrid offered
  • New sportier Explorer ST offered with 400 horsepower
  • Tow up to 5,000 pounds when equipped with a Class III Trailer Tow Package
  • 8-inch digital touch screen with SYNC3 standard
  • 12.3-inch customizable cluster, standard on Platinum and ST

Key features:

  • Twin-Turbocharged 3.0L V6 Engine with Stop-Start Technology
  • Ten-Speed SelectShift Automatic Transmission
  • Hybrid powertrain optional
  • Adaptive Suspension (included with AWD) optional
  • 10″ LCD touch-screen in center-stack standard
  • Second-Row Captain’s Chairs with mini-floor console and PowerFold Easy Entry standard
  • Second-Row Bench Seat – 35/30/35 Power Tip-and-Slide Release optional

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