5 Best Crossover Interiors
First impressions last, and that’s why car designers take great care to ensure their creations elicit the proper response when car buyers first lay their eyes on them. Of course, cars with jaw-dropping exteriors are great and all, but when you’re inside the cabin, you don’t really care much for what a vehicle looks like from the outside. Instead, your attention shifts to the comfort, convenience, and pleasure that you derive from the interior.
There’s no question that crossovers are very popular these days. In fact, they have overtaken sedans as the bestselling vehicle type in many global markets. So if you’re looking for the best crossover interior, CARMUDI gives you five of our top options, with a dark horse thrown in for good measure. See if you agree with our choices below.
1. Subaru Forester
Subaru really thought the interior of the Forester through, starting with the easy ingress and egress front and back. Inside, an expanded and spacious cabin welcomes everyone on board, and a rear ventilation system ensures rear passengers remain just as cool as those in front. The quietness of the cabin, even through road noise and vibrations, is impressive. Noteworthy interior features include a high-grade 4.2-inch multi-function display, multi-function steering wheel, power-adjustable driver and passenger seats (driver’s seat comes with memory function), reclining rear seats, Harman Kardon sound system, and a retractable cargo cover.
2. Toyota RAV 4
The word ‘spectacular’ seems to roll off your tongue once you find yourself seated in the RAV 4 cabin. A steady helping of chrome trimming adds modern sleekness to the overall interior package. The addition of a panoramic moon roof adds a feeling of spaciousness, while an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat comes with memory and lumbar support for added comfort. Noteworthy interior features include a seven-inch multi-info display, wireless smartphone charger (top trim only), automatic dual-zone air conditioning (top trim only), and a six-speaker audio system.
3. Hyundai Tucson
‘Refined fluidic design’ is what Hyundai is going for in the Tucson, and the bold, sophisticated sculpting is evident inside and out. As you can imagine, ‘fluidic’ here means ‘ergonomic,’ and in this regard, there’s very little to fault the Tucson cabin with its dynamic curves and lines. Though fabric is the only material available for the seats, it looks and feels nonetheless elegant. Noteworthy interior features include a six-speaker audio system, seven-inch floating radio-type audio display (top trim only), eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat (top trim only), and a manual air conditioning system with rear vents.
4. Mazda CX-5
Mazda’s ‘Kodo-Soul of Motion’ design philosophy is based around the “power and elegance of an animal pounced to leap,” and the litheness displayed by such an animal is perfectly mirrored in the way the CX-5 cabin looks. There appears to be no wasted space, with every part optimized for functionality, storage, and convenience. Noteworthy interior features include a power liftgate, active driving display, powered driver’s seat, reclining rear seats, rear AC vents, and a 10-speaker Bose Surround Sound system.
5. Honda CR-V
As the pioneer of the crossover SUV revolution, the Honda CR-V remains a leader, especially when it comes to backseat comfort. The rear seat reclines to allow for more comfort for passengers at the back, and there’s plenty of headroom and legroom to speak of, so no need to lift your knees up just so you can fit. Noteworthy interior features include a seven-inch touchscreen advanced display audio system with four speakers, dual-zone automatic AC system, and USB connectivity, and Bluetooth with hands-free telephone and audio streaming functions. And then there’s its push-button gear-shift!
Dark Horse: MG ZS
The MG ZS may be a late entry into the crossover segment, but it’s no rear-ender. In fact, the interior can compete with the best of them. There’s generous headroom and legroom front and back, with plenty of luggage space to boot. Noteworthy interior features include faux carbon fiber trimming (top trim only), stitched leather side door panels (top trim only), leather seat upholstery (top trim only), flat-bottom steering wheel, and electronic climate control (top trim only).