7 Crossover SUVs Fueling the Auto Industry in 2014

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Crossovers, the segment defined as small and midsize sport utility vehicles (SUVs), have assumed a primary place in the U.S. auto industry. Seven of the top-selling thirty vehicles in the U.S. come from this category in 2014. The idea of an automobile with the form and space typical of an SUV combined with the efficiency and handling of a sedan has clear appeal to American auto consumers.

At this point in time, every automaker wanting to make its presence felt in the U.S. must have a viable crossover in dealerships. Between the segment’s top sellers and its top gainers, crossover vehicles have fueled the industry’s full rebound in 2013 and its continued strength in 2014. Here are seven vehicles from the standard and luxury markets that are leading the way.

2014 Escape

1. Ford Escape ($22,610)

It’s impossible to overlook the Ford Escape, which has paced the segment with 71,305 units sold through March 2014. It managed to break the top ten of all vehicles sold on the year without posting improvements over its performance in the first quarter of 2013. Standard models come outfitted with the 2.5-liter I-4 engine capable of 31 highway mpg, while the 1.6-liter EcoBoost model ($25,060) can push the efficiency to 32 mpg on the highway.

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