8 top crossovers of 2013

If crossovers--stuck in the neither zone between truck and car--lack a clear definition, they don't want for popularity. By 2016, the odds are that nearly one in three Canadians will be driving some sort of crossover SUV. Here are eight of the best.

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2013 TOP PICK
: Hyundai Santa Fe

STARTING PRICE: $26,499

AVG. FUEL ECONOMY: 8.6L/100km

BUZZ: Hyundai Canada President Steve Kelleher calls the 2013 Santa Fe “the most important vehicle launch since the Elantra,” and you can tell the Korean manufacturer came to play. With two options available, our money is on the Santa Fe Sport - with its elegant interior and three different steering modes, it offers the most robust experience. Even with whispers of distracting wind noise, this could be the year the Santa Fe puts its stamp on the crossover market.

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2012 Sonata Hybrid | 2012 Santa Fe | 2012 Veracruz | 2011 Accent





2013 TOP PICK
: Chevrolet Equinox

STARTING PRICE: $26,935

AVG. FUEL ECONOMY: 9.2-6.1 L/100km

BUZZWith an all-new bruiser of a V-6 engine that produces 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque, the 2013 Equinox offers tantalizing power while retaining the same fuel efficiency as last year’s model. If you’re looking for a gutsy ride, the V-6 provides something few of its competitors can equal.

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2012 Chevrolet Colorado | 2012 2012 Chevrolet Traverse




2013 TOP PICK
: 2013 Volvo XC70

STARTING PRICE: $42,000

AVG. FUEL ECONOMY: 11.6-8.2 L/100km

BUZZLooking like the lovechild of a family station wagon and a adventurer’s SUV, the XC70 is the ideal vehicle for parents looking to attract attention at after-school soccer practice. Behind the rear bench you'll find 33.3 cubic feet of cargo space that expands to a generous 72.1 cubic when the seats are folded. It’s also packed with some of the market’s top safety tech, including a nifty feature that warns a driver when they’re nodding off.





2013 TOP PICK
: Mazda CX-5

STARTING PRICE: $24,690

AVG. FUEL ECONOMY: 8-6.4 L/100km

BUZZ: It might not be the fastest crossover out of the gate, but what it lacks in acceleration it makes up for with nimble handling and sporty aesthetic. Safety snobs might balk at the CX-5’s number of airbags (six when most crossovers feature 10), but full Skyactiv Technology that generates incredible fuel efficiency goes a long way in covering any blemishes.

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2012 CX-7 | 2012 MX-5 | 2012 CX-9 | 2012 Mazda 5





2013 TOP PICK
: 2013 GMC Acadia

STARTING PRICE: $34,050

AVG. FUEL ECONOMY: 13.84-9.8 L/100km

BUZZ: This functional crossover might lack the sex appeal of its competitors, but finds traction with its functional, workman-like attitude. It seats 8 comfortably, and provides a bit of flash with its GMC Colour Touch Radio, a whiz of a touchscreen infotainment system. Soft-touch materials and French stitching provide a touch of coziness that is much appreciated on longer commutes.

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GMC Canyon

2013 TOP PICK: 2013 Ford Escape

STARTING PRICE: $21,499

AVG. FUEL ECONOMY: 9.5-6.3 L/100km

BUZZ: The all-new Ford Escape gets a much-needed facelift, with an injection of sporty style that gives it an exciting new attitude. The slimmer and trimmer appearance doesn’t take away from the crossover’s storage, as you’ll find plenty of fun nooks and crannies to hide everything from luggage to picnic blankets. The Focus offers two turbocharged EcoBoost engines that provide a combination of power and fuel-efficiency. A clever hands-free tailgate option that opens the hatch with the swing of a foot shows that while the Escape has a new look, it still embraces its practical past.

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GMC Canyon




2013 TOP PICK
: Subaru XV Crosstrek

STARTING PRICE: $24,495

AVG. FUEL ECONOMY: 8.9-6.7L/100km

BUZZ: The Subaru XV Crosstrek offers quite a bit to the driver looking to venture off the beaten path. With its Subaru all-wheel drive and cushiony suspension, tackling potholes and rough terrain with aplomb. The XV Crosstrek’s wheezy 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine is underwhelming, but once off-road the XV shows its mettle.


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2013 TOP PICK
: Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

STARTING PRICE: $73,700

AVG. FUEL ECONOMY: 8-6.4 L/100km

BUZZ: The cream of the crop, the GL-Class provides drivers with everything they want: plenty of power, space, safety and luxury. The Mercedes design is most telling from the front, while the rest of the vehicle is a study in the sexiness of angular design. Not just a looker, the GL class offers three models with upwards of 429-horsepower. The V8 found in the GL550 in particular provides a satisfying growl when you decide to punch it. When it comes to interior, the GL Class is in a class of its own, with a sophisticated cockpit (heated steering wheel in Nappa Leather!) that looks years ahead of the competition.

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2008 Mercedes-Benz G Class

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