Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. – My wife always loves to drive a large SUV. She uses it to haul gardening equipment, furniture from Ikea, and bags and bags of rocks and river stones for landscaping. Her trusty Toyota 4Runner was the only car she felt “safe” to drive. I, on the other hand, always had my Chevy Camaro, Volvo 264, Pontiac 6000STE, Acura Legend, and most recently, Honda Accord.
When we retired a few years ago, we decided to become a one-car family. Ever tried to compromise in car purchasing? She wanted to sit high above the road, a large cargo space, with an indestructible feel. I wanted the driving ability, the comfort, and all the safeties and conveniences of a sedan. As such, we ended up with an Acura RDX. We primarily use the car for city driving, but it has to be narrow in width to aid in getting out in tight parking spaces. It must have the ability to make small turning circles or making U-turns in narrow streets. In other words, a shorter wheelbase is required.
As if it was listening to our thoughts, the 2017 Washington Auto Show – which displayed more than 650 vehicles on display representing 37 domestic and import manufacturers – highlighted 35 crossovers as the ideal vehicles for city dwellers. According to Motor Intelligence, nearly five million crossovers were sold last year, representing an 8.5 percent increase over 2015. For light-duty trucks, it was a 7.2 percent increase while sales of cars for all sizes declined by 8.1 percent. We agree with the people’s choice, as evidenced by the statistics below from edmunds.com.
|Base Price Range (000)|
|BMW X1 xDrive 28i||72||105||**|
|Chevrolet Trax LS||70||101||36.7|
|Honda HR-V LX||70||103||37.4|
|Jeep Wrangler Sport||74||95||34.6|
|Kia Soul LX||71||101||34.8|
|Land Rover Evoque||78||105||37.1|
|Lexus NX 200t||74||105||39.8|
|Nissan JUKE SV||70||100||36.4|
|Porsche Macan S||76||111||38.7|
|Data from www.edmunds.com|
|** no information|
Photos: 2017 Washington Auto Show – Crossover SUVs
all photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine