There’s no question that crossovers are the hottest segment in the automotive industry today. There are plenty of good reasons: fuel economy is solid across the segment, practicality is a foregone conclusion, and bad-weather driving security is a checked box. For us guys, there’s even a modicum of toughness.

While that popularity means the field is downright dizzying, there are quite a few excellent options from all corners of the earth. That smorgasbord of choices means that you can find what you’re looking for regardless of your varied tastes and needs. Gear Patrol’s Octane crew drove five solid examples and came away with loads of insight on what the CUV market has to offer. Now all you have to do is figure which one suits you best and pull out your wallet.

Additional contribution by Amos Kwon

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