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7 classy crossovers with comfort in mind

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7 crossovers to replace your SUV
7 crossovers to replace your SUV

Forget a fuel-chugging sport utility vehicle. Bankrate has lined up the seven best crossovers for 2014.

A crossover differs from an SUV because it's based on a car rather than a truck. A Chevrolet Tahoe is built like a truck; the Chevrolet Traverse, like a car. Most crossovers ride more comfortably and get somewhat better fuel economy than most SUVs. On the other hand, an SUV usually can tow and haul heavier loads. All-wheel-drive systems on crossovers are often engineered more for foul weather, while those on SUVs typically have a low gear for off-roading.

Each pick on this list delivers at least 19 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. Most do much better. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named each a top safety pick or top safety pick plus. Too new to be graded, the Buick Encore is the only pick on this list that is not a Consumer Reports-recommended vehicle.

Bankrate set a $34,999-before-delivery-charge price ceiling. Only two of our picks come close.

As priced here, every pick has an automatic transmission, at least six air bags, power windows, power door locks, power outboard mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity and a trip computer. All have available all-wheel drive, except the Subaru Forester, which has it as standard equipment.

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