Top 10 Sporty Crossovers

nissan jukeThere are a handful of sporty crossovers for the 2013 model year that can fit your fancy no matter the price range. Narrow down the list to the top 10 sporty crossover vehicles was no easy task. There are sporty crossovers that cost less than $20k and some that cost almost $100k. But no matter which sporty CUV you can afford, one fact remains: these crossover SUVs provide more room than a sports car and a better ride than a large SUV. Most of these sporty crossovers for 2013 pack turbo power and manual transmissions. Check out some of the top 10 sporty crossovers for 2013.

jeep patriot sport black 4x4 package

10) Jeep Patriot Sport – $15,995

The 2013 Jeep Patriot Sport has the word sport in its name but it is not the most powerful nor is it the best handling sporty crossover out there. It does however have a great 4×4 system that makes for some sporty journeys off-road. But what’s great about the Patriot Sport is the low starting price. At just under $16k the Patriot is the cheapest crossover on the market today. The 2013 Jeep Patriot Sport is powered by a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower and 141 lb-ft. of torque. There is a larger 2.4 liter engine as an option. This larger engine boosts power by 14 HP and 24 lb-ft of torque making a total of 172 HP. The downside of these engines is that they do not produce much power. The upside is the smaller 2.0 liter engine helps the Patriot Sport CUV to one of the best fuel economy ratings for a CUV. At 23 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway, the Patriot Sport is a real great choice for those looking to get great fuel economy. Opt for the 4WD edition and you can be tearing up the trails in this one of the cheapest sporty crossovers on the market. Another bonus is that the Patriot Sport can be had with a 5-speed manual transmission. Other bonus features are hill start assist, and electric roll mitigation. Pick the 2013 Jeep Patriot as your sporty crossover if you plan to go off-road!

mitsubishi outlander sport

9) Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – $18,795

The new Mitsubishi Outlander arrives on the market when times are good for recreational vehicles. Indeed, changing tastes and fashion to cars today is “different” and above all versatile. Besides the SUV, a new niche was created, taking the form of elevated wheel drive station wagons, like the Subaru Forester. The Outlander sport only has 148 horsepower but it is still a great all around sporty crossover for under $20k The Outlander is developing this concept, providing a welcome touch of sportiness.

nissan juke nismo

8 ) Nissan Juke – $19,770

The 2013 Nissan Juke looks like something out of a science fiction movie. Love or hate the look, one thing is certain, the Juke is a sporty crossover. The first time you sit in the cabin of this CUV it is evident. The steering wheel is taken from a Nissan 370Z. So you can only imaging what other types of parts and electronics made their way onto the Juke from Nissan’s other sports cars like the GTR and 370Z! With a base price of under $20k the Juke is a real value for the sporty CUV shopper. The 2013 Nissan Juke is powered by a 1.6 liter 4-cyliner engine that is not only direct injected but turbocharged. Power output is 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque. The 2013 Nissan Juke has a cool I-CON system that allows the CUV to operate in sport mode or ECO mode. While in ECO mode you can expect pretty good fuel economy at 27 MPG in the city and 32 MG on the highway with the CVT transmission. But the manual 6-speed offers a lot more sportiness. Finally opt for the Juke model with the AWD system so you can get the great technology that comes with torque vectoring.

vilkswagen tiguan sport

7) Volkswagen Tiguan – $22,840

With a style that everyone could agree is mediocre, the Tiguan offers a great deal of other benefits and road capability that make it so sporty. Based on the chassis of the Golf should not expect miracles in terms livability and trunk. However we must recognize that the Tiguan is one of the most interesting of the crossover SUV market right now with maybe the best all around engine. A 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that is found on the GTI. Power is 201 horsepower and 207 lb-ft. of torque. The Tiguan’s abilities in all fields are very honorable and will suit most needs the shifter is a slick DSG sequential automatic transmission and is a reference on the matter and ranks as one of the best transmission in the world. Road manners almost worthy of a sedan but in the corners this small sporty crossover can really shine.

mazda cx-7

6) Mazda CX-7 Turbo – $26,255

There are a couple of different Mazda CX-7 models but the only one we care about, the sporty one comes packing a turbo. I own a Mazda CX-7 and yes it does live up to the ZOOM ZOOM name. The Mazda CX-7 was the original sporty crossover and many of the newer models out there have taken a cue from the Mazda’s styling. The CX-7 has a very sporty exterior that is appealing to those looking for something that does not resemble your everyday SUV or wagon. The broad body lines and high arches give the CX-7 an athletic stance. The clean lines and sleek look help to reduce wind drag thus improving fuel economy a bit. The 2013 Mazda CX-7 Touring comes with a turbocharged 2.3 liter 4-cylinder direct injected engine that makes 244 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. The power is put down through a quick shifting 6-speed transmission. While less than 250 HP may not seem like a lot, the CX-7 is one of the more compact CUVs thus it can really get up and go. The suspension is properly tuned for a more sporty and aggressive ride. The Mazda drives great and looks even better with its sexy lines and huge 18-inch rims.

kia sportage sx turbo

5) Kia Sportage SX – $26,900

The new crossover of the Korean manufacturer will benefit from a strong version of 260 hp, for the time reserved for North America. With this brand new four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline direct injection, the 200 horses is largely accomplished, the 2.0 GDI claims power 260 hp and 269 lb-ft. of torque Note that it is coupled exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission and has a sport suspension. To strengthen the already swift pace and dynamics of classical Kia Sportage, the designers of manufacturer of the Empire of the Morning Calm have concocted a special body kit. The menu, a more aggressive grille, side skirts, a dual exhaust and alloy wheels of 18 inches. The interior is not left with door handles and various aluminum inserts in the cabin.

Subaru Forester XT

4) Subaru Forester XT – $27,095

The Forester 2.5 XT is a wonderfully sporty crossover SUV that no one knows about except enthusiasts. This AWD vehicle is powered by a powerful turbocharged 2.5 liter that makes 225 horsepower and 226 lb-ft. of torque. The Forester has not forgotten the genes of the Japanese bran that is known for its tough rally cars. The turbo version has the same engine as the Impreza WRX with a twist of extra versatility and functionality. There is really nothing to complain about with this little sporty crossover.

Volvo XC-60 R-Design

3) Volvo XC-60 R-Design – $44,650

Volvo wanted to give all of its model line up a sporty boost so they came up with the R Design range. Be as clear from the outset, the Scandinavian manufacturer can boast of having succeeded in his business! Refined elegance mixed with a touch of sportiness, the Swedish firm sees just on this one! The swooping roofline at the rear, before an aggressive offer an undeniable energy to the vehicle. The rear light clusters flanking the trunk adopt the style of the XC60. The XC60 is a sporty crossover based on the fact it is powered by a turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-6 that makes 325 horsepower and 354 lb-ft. of torque. Also this turbocharged crossover is AWD meaning there is a ton of traction.

The rims 18 inch “Diamond Cut” five-spoke, and the dual exhaust on the back confirms the general impression, this break does not lack personality! We are already conquered by its silhouette captivating. Design and R key, how to materialize it? The front wants to be more impressive with a glossy black grille. Its sporty look is enhanced by design elements painted body color, details in matte finish and a hexagonal pattern on the front and rear. Volvo passes the obstacle presentations without fear!

bmw x6m

2) BMW X6 M – $90,300

Impossible to deny that BMW has done it again this year with strong model BMW X6 M 2013. The German manufacturer has already managed to delight fans of all automobile models already out. Again this year, he showed he is still in the race of giants in the field of automotive engineering. The drivers are completely seduced by the BMW X6 M. Reason explains the increase in its sales. Indeed, the number of vehicles sold has exceeded sales projections by the manufacturer. What is the strength of this model? Why this car with only 4 places he fascinates drivers?

Like any newly launched test car, it is important to review the technical characteristics of this new model. As an SUV, this car 5 Door offers only four seats that are still extremely comfortable. All models in this range are equipped with powerful engines. That of the BMW X6M is a 4.4L V-8 engine twin-turbocharged DOHC 32-valve with an output of 555 horsepower. This powerful engine is the strength of the meteor. Comfortable and perfectly docile to drive, walk the first kilometer with BMW X6M gives a real friction and a moment of pure pleasure. Despite the high power of this car, it provides a sense of lightness.

porsche cayenne turbo

1) Porsche Cayenne Turbo – $127,200

What is Porsche’s most powerful vehicle on the market? To this question, each one is tempted to strongly evoke a GT3 or 911 Turbo. WRONG! Except for the untouchable exotic super car; the Carrera GT with its 612 horsepower, the Porsche Cayenne SUV is the answer. This imposing 4X4 has actually had a lot of worldwide success, claiming 520 horsepower version of Turbo S. Until recently, the 450 horsepower from the turbocharged V-8 was considered enough. Here in the U.S. though we get a stronger more powerful Turbo S version to compete with the likes of the Mercedes ML AMG with 510 horsepower. By increasing the boost pressure on the turbos and modifying some intake and exhaust components the Cayenne Turbo S now pumps out 540 horses. That is enough to silence the competition for a while.


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