2018 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Compact SUV/Crossover

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Best Compact SUV/Crossover:
2018 Subaru Crosstrek

From the little things -- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard at every level -- to the big -- standard all-wheel drive -- everything about the Subaru Crosstrek lines up to make it our 5-Year Cost to Own Awards winner. It also doesn't hurt that the Crosstrek maintains its value over time. Starting at under $23,000 and pretty well equipped at that, Subaru's small 5-passenger SUV plays well both on- and off-road, gets good fuel economy, and holds on to its resale value like it was giving out bear hugs.

Powered by a decent-for-the-class 2.0-liter flat-4 engine with 152 horsepower and available with a 6-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission, the all-new-for-2018 Crosstrek knows its way around freeways and wants to be your best friend on ragged, rutted roads as well. Its exterior looks smart, and its interior looks even smarter and offers just about everybody comfortable room and a good view of the world outside. The new Crosstrek's 55.3-cubic-foot cargo capacity is especially usable thanks to its flat-folding second-row seats.

And is the new Crosstrek worth owning? No question about it, as we explained in our Expert Review: "If you want an all-wheel-drive compact SUV that's as adventurous as it is economical, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek hits the bull's-eye. It's an enticing automotive amalgamation, blending hatchback versatility, the higher ride height and enhanced visibility of an SUV, and sedan-like driving manners."

Add to that praise good looks inside and out, legit off-road/bad-road/snowed-road capabilities, knock-it-out-of-the-park resale value and, of course, a 5-year cost to own so low that it wins awards, and you've got an all-wheel-drive force to be reckoned with in the subcompact SUV market.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$34,724
as of December 31, 2017

2nd Place Finisher
2018 Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler has a go-everywhere, do-everything attitude that ensures the 2-door/4-door SUV's standing as a perennial KBB Best Resale Value Award winner and 5-year cost-to-own powerhouse.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$34,874
as of December 31, 2017

3rd Place Finisher
2018 Kia Sportage

2018 Kia Sportage

Long-admired in the compact SUV arena, the Kia Sportage offers a killer-good warranty and makes lots of tech and safety available at affordable prices.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$36,526
as of December 31, 2017

Other Category Winners


See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2017 | 2016 | 2015
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