The crossover is a vehicle that combines the features of a sports and passenger car while at the same time giving the looks of a higher station wagon. This type of vehicle uses a uni-body construction layout rather than body on frame construction implemented in light trucks and wagons. These cars were introduced by the automobile industry in 1987 for the first time and were initially considered as a blend of a hatchback and conventional passenger cars. Some of the previous versions of crossover cars include Willys – Overland Jeepster, AMC Eagle, Fiat Sedici, and Honda HR-V.
Over the years, several improvements have been made in crossover car design and the latest 2013 crossover vehicles include the Ford Escape, Mazda CX5 and VW Tiguan. Today we have a closer look at these 3 cars.
2013 Ford Escape
The 2013 version of the crossover Ford Escape has been completely redesigned and is a compact version of older models of the Ford brand. In Europe the car is released under the name Ford Kuga. The Escape is available in three different types of engines:
- 2.5 Littre, 4 Cylinder Engine (168 HP)
- 2.0 Littre, Turbocharged 4 Cylinder Engine (240 HP)
- 1.6 Littre, Turbo Charged 4 Cylinder Engine (178 HP)
The Ford Escape offers a great fuel economy and you can choose between a diesel and petrol, and you also have the choice between manual and automatic transmission. Some of the other features of the Ford Escape include:
- Advanced navigation system
- Power lift gate
- Stability control enhancements
- Anti-lock braking
- Automatic tire pressure monitoring
Moreover, the compact design, modern functional enhancements, advanced entertainment system and versatile aerodynamic shape differentiate the Ford Escape from other 2013 crossover vehicles.
This 2013 Mazda CX5 is referred to as a 2013 crossover car without comparison. It is one the finest outcomes of automobile engineering designs of this year. The comfortable drive, all-weather capability, spaciousness and advanced control features offered by this crossover make this vehicle modern and unique. The Mazda CX5 is equipped with the latest “Sky active” automobile technology that integrates the engine operations, transmission system, body and chassis attributes to enhance the vehicles stability manifold.
Some of the prominent features of the 2013 Mazda CX5:
- 2.0 Liter gas engine
- Higher engine compression ratio
- Improved Engine combustion delivering power up to 155 HP
- Electronically assisted steering system
- Reinforced suspension
The Mazda CX5 is unique in its interior design and handling capabilities as well. With smartly shaped wide opening doors, 34.1 cubic feet of luggage space, navigation touch screen, automatic HVAC controls and adjustable steering wheel are designed to provide ease and comfort while travelling over long distances. The Sky active technology further improves the vehicles handling and stability especially at high speeds and swift turns.
As far as 2013 crossover vehicles are concerned there is no better option than the 2013 VW Tiguan if you’re looking for a car with a simple design that focuses on practicality. Equipped with all the latest accessories known to modern vehicles, the 2013 Tiguan is no less good than any other crossover vehicles currently out there. Some of its features include:
- 2.0 liters, 4 cylinder engine
- Cruise control enhancements
- Telescoping steering vehicle
- Keyless entry
- Automatic transmission
- Antilock disc brakes with traction and stability control
The Tiguan also gives improved fuel economy as compared to its older versions. It is an artistic piece of automobile engineering. Its interior design is attractive and unique although most people will probably agree that the Mazda CX5, and especially the Ford Escape, look more stylish. The front seats are firmer, heated on SE models, and they provide extra grip and support. The rear seats can provide three way split adjustments allowing the passengers to enjoy a comfortable long ride. The vehicle can also provide cargo spaces up to 23.8 cubic feet once the rear seats are pushed down. Also, the vehicle’s exterior body strength keeps the crash impacts limited and adds to the safety of the vehicle.
Overall, the 3 2013 crossovers mentioned above are great rides, are great examples of modern mobile engineering, and are designed to serve the multiple purposes of cargo and passenger travelling.
Author: Albert Tang is an avid automotive enthusiast, writer, and blogger for Las Vegas Honda Dealers.