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The Advantages Of A Crossover Utility Vehicle And Why You Should Buy One Now.

Crossover utility vehicles are becoming increasingly popular with the combination of sport utility vehicle features on a traditional passenger car platform. At the Chicago Auto Show in 2013, crossover utility vehicles were described as “the norm for buyers looking to add more utility to the common family sedan. Indeed, dozens of crossover utility vehicles were on display at the show. They were popular because they have significant room for cargo but have light-duty all-wheel-drive drivetrains that add traction in rain and snow but have much better fuel economy than typical SUVs.

Crossover popularity growth

Crossover utility vehicles are now so popular that used car dealers are seeing older models plummet in price because so many people are trying to unload CUVs they already own for newer models. The popularity of crossover utility vehicles is increasing because they continue to become more and more fuel efficient while offering better technology features for entertainment and information.

The crossover utility vehicle has become such a competitive class that manufacturers continue to try to make inroads on the market. Both BMW and Daimler (the maker of Mercedes) are expanding their premium crossover vehicle lines. Most other luxury automakers are taking a similar look at the crossover market.

A crossover from Kia

The Kia Sorento is one model that garnered significant excitement in 2013. The Kia Sorento is in its third year on the crossover utility vehicle market and it is offered in four different trim levels. A leather interior is standard and the Sorento’s interior can accommodate five or seven passengers. It provides141.5 cubic feet of cargo room with the middle and third-row seats folded down.


Interior Kia Sorento Seats.

Kia Sorento performance

The Sorento is the South Korean automaker’s best-selling model in the United States. It provides excellent maneuverability and decent fuel economy, achieving 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The Sorento received good ratings for safety from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2014 model year Kia Sorento has received even higher safety ratings.

Kia Sorento Price


2017 Kia Sorento, which is a nice looking vehicle.

Still, the Kia Sorento remains a popular option for car buyers considering crossover utility vehicles. The newly announced 2014 model year Sorento received a 9.6 (out of 10) user rating, according to MSN Autos, while the site’s editors gave the Sorento a 8.9. Those experts cited the Sorento’s good value (the 2014 model ranges between $24,000 and $40,000, depending on option packages), quiet and thought-out styling as selling points. Other reviewers say they’re “surprised” by the Sorento.

Crossover utility vehicles like the Kia Sorento will continue to grow in popularity as long as consumers keep demanding a balance between spacious cars with good performance and relatively high fuel efficiency considering these needs. Add to the mix features like adaptable seating arrangements, high quality interior features and high tech entertainment packages and crossover utility vehicles will remain hot ticket items on dealer lots across the country.

Alex Gabriel

Alex Gabriel

Alex Gabriel is a writer at Reply! with several years of digital marketing and copywriting experience. A native of Portland and graduate of the University of Oregon, Alex has a passion for writing about new cars. To learn more about cars with the best tech features, see his price guide for new vehicles.

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