A crossover SUV— also called crossover or CUV— is a type of sports utility vehicle (SUV) with unibody construction. 1 Crossovers are often based on a platform shared with a passenger car; as a result they typically have better interior comfort, a more compliant ride, and superior fuel economy, but less off-road capability than truck-based SUVs. 2 3 4 The latter is compounded by many crossovers being sold without all-wheel drive, which challenges their definition as “sports utility vehicles”.
Nissan has long been rumored to be working on a bigger version of the Leaf to produce an all-electric SUV or crossover. The Niro is the most affordable way into a hybrid SUV, although calling it an SUV, as Kia marketers do, is generous. The Niro’s size and low ground clearance make it more of a tall hatchback, but it still makes for an intriguing addition to the hybrid class with its impressive cargo utility and range of premium touches. Standard features include a hybrid-electric 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, dual climate control and Apple CarPlay, while heated seats and advanced driving aids are optional on upper trims.
The best compact crossover is the Volvo XC40. We’ve driven the Swedish firm’s smallest soft-roader, and we walked away impressed with its human-centric, driver-friendly interior. It makes time spent traveling in the XC40 less of a chore. Clever touches like a grocery bag hook integrated into the glove box door and an in-car trash bin make a big difference when you’re on the road.
And yet, it’s more efficient than its footprint suggests. It’s powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and helps the Rogue return 29 mpg in a combined cycle, while all-wheel drive is offered at an extra cost. Alternatively, a hybrid powertrain bumps fuel economy to 34 mpg combined. These figures are impressive considering the Rogue’s size and weight, and they illustrate what often makes crossovers more attractive than traditional SUVs.
That 176 hp might not seem all that impressive compared to the 170 hp of the standard Rogue, especially given the Rogue Hybrid’s heavier weight (roughly 70 pounds, 32 kg), but much of that power output is available from a standstill thanks to the Hybrid model’s electric motor. This gives the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid a slightly sportier feel when compared to its gasoline-only brethren. This doesn’t translate to any real-world measurements we can make, such as 0-60 mph times or higher speeds, but it does translate to a better feel when driving around town and in stop-and-go traffic, which is where the Rogue Hybrid is most comfortable.
The Japanese carmaker didn’t release any updates on this vehicle. We know that Honda is planning to make 20 electric vehicles and even more hybrid cars in the next few years. Besides, it is housing with 5202 led bulb that emitting enough lighting. By 2025, most of its nameplates will get either plug-in or EV variant. One of the first will be the Honda Everus EV Crossover concept. Also, chiefs announced one more electric car for the 2019 season, so we will monitor next car shows and wait for the unveiling.