2019 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Compact SUV/Crossover

2019 Subaru Crosstrek

Best Compact SUV/Crossover: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

Fully revamped just last year, this second-generation Subaru Crosstrek packs more of the rugged utility that made it a hit in the first place, while bolstering its roster of amenities and safety features. Equally alluring is this compact SUV's class-leading long-term value, earning it another Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award.

As with its larger Outback sibling, the Subaru Crosstrek is more akin to a lifted and toughened-up wagon than a traditional boxy SUV. But don't let its form fool you. With standard all-wheel drive and an ample 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the 2019 Crosstrek has the chops for off-pavement adventures. In our tests, we were impressed with the new Crosstrek's ability to clamber up and down steep dirt hills and blast across country trails.

Even if your Crosstrek never ventures off asphalt, there's plenty to appreciate. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are standard in every model, and Subaru's smallest SUV still offers a roster of active safety and driver-assist features like front and rear automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist.

The Crosstrek also earns kudos for its practicality. It has more cargo room than some dedicated SUVs, and its rear seats fold nearly flat to accommodate the kind of gear you'll want for your adventures. Then there's the bottom line. With a starting price under $22,000 and low long-term ownership costs, the Crosstrek is proof that an adventurous vehicle doesn't have to cost a fortune.

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as of January 1, 2019

2nd Place Finisher: 2019 Hyundai Tucson

2019 Hyundai Tucson
5-Year Cost to Own: $35,864
as of January 1, 2019

In addition to remarkably low ownership costs, the Hyundai Tucson stands out with stylish looks, an exceptional warranty, and a choice of powertrains.

3rd Place Finisher: 2019 Kia Sportage

2019 Kia Sportage
5-Year Cost to Own: $38,154
as of January 1, 2019

Way more than just a value story, the Kia Sportage touts class-above design, amenities, and even an optional 240-horsepower turbo engine.

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2018 | 2017 | 2016
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