If you’re considering an SUV, but you want something that handles well and doesn’t guzzle gas, consider a Toyota crossover SUV. Toyota crossovers are essentially SUVs built on the platform of a car, rather than a truck, which offers better handling and fuel economy than a traditional SUV has to offer. Fortunately, Toyota makes three award-winning crossovers that offer a variety of features for a terrific value.
Compact: Toyota RAV4
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 is a great car if you’re looking for a fuel-sipping crossover that’s reliable for the long haul and versatile enough to seat up to seven passengers. You can get the Toyota RAV4 with either a 179-horsepower four-cylinder that earns 22/28 mpg city/highway or a 269-horsepower V6 that puts out 19/27 mpg city/highway and up to 3,500 pounds of towing capability. In any case, the RAV4’s relatively low load floor is large enough to fit 73 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded.
Mid-Size: Toyota Highlander
If you need a little bit more space in your family car, the seven-passenger Toyota Highlander is an easy-to-drive midsize crossover SUV with a practical, high-quality cabin. Parking the Highlander is surprisingly easy, thanks to a responsive steering system and a tight turning radius. On the inside, you’ll feel like you’re in a cabin that’s built to last: big buttons and knobs, high quality materials, and up to 95 cubic feet of cargo space. As far as power goes, equip your Highlander with a 270-horsepower for up to 5,000 pounds of towing capability, or a 280-horsepower hybrid engine that makes 28 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Hatchback: Toyota Venza
It’s hard to imagine, but the combination of style and practicality is possible in a crossover SUV—just look at the Toyota Venza. Able to fit up to five passengers, or up to 70 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded, the Venza is a sleek crossover with an elegant, elongated hatchback design. It’s also a joy to drive, as the electric assist power steering delivers responsive steering feedback as soon as you ask for it.
Come to Toyota of Greenfield to take a spin in Toyota’s wide range of crossover SUVs. Visit our website to see our entire lineup of Toyota crossover SUVs, and call (888) 923-8230 if you have any questions.