My family had a station wagon when I was a kid – a lovely 1973 Ford Gran Torino Squire with fake wood siding, copper paint, sticky vinyl seats, and a gas-guzzling V8 engine. My father picked it, my mother drove it, and I had to ride in it. Our Chicago suburb was loaded with such monstrosities, which explains why people my age love crossovers.
Actually, people of all ages love crossovers. They are the modern equivalent to the family station wagons of yore, blending the driving dynamics of a car with the added cargo space of a station wagon and the taller driving position and available all-wheel-drive system of a traditional sport/utility vehicle. Thus, they “cross over” between three different types of vehicles. This recipe is a hit with Americans.
Given how popular crossovers are, this list of the safest used models you can buy for less than $20,000 is critical when conducting your research.
In order to determine that the seven vehicles listed below are the safest, we cross-referenced the crash-test ratings published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with those supplied by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Only those models earning a “Top Safety Pick” from the IIHS and either 4-star or 5-star ratings in NHTSA testing qualified for our final list.
Now, without further delay, these are the safest used crossovers that you can buy for less than $20,000.