8 Best-Value SUVs and Crossovers for 2013

Each year, Vincentric selects what it believes to be the best-valued cars for specific segments and awards them with the Vincentric Best Value Award. The initiative covers an expansive range of vehicles in both the consumer and fleet markets, and includes everything from the smallest micro-car to the largest pickups on the market.

According to its website, “Vincentric provides data, knowledge, and insight to the automotive industry by identifying and applying the many aspects of automotive ownership costs.” Vincentric says its Dynamic Cost to Own database “is used by organizations such as AOL, Yahoo Autos!, Cars.com, General Motors, Toyota, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Business Fleet Magazine, Mercedes-Benz USA, BMW of North America, and Fleet-Central.com as a means of providing automotive insight.”

From the 15 vehicles categorized under the award-winning crossovers and SUVs segment, we’ve chosen eight standouts to highlight in this homage to all things cargo. The following entries are not ranked by any particular metric; you can check out all the awards here.

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1. Entry-level compact crossover: Subaru XV Crosstrek

“Hats off to the Subaru XV Crosstrek for combining its debut in the automotive market with the 2013 Vincentric Best Value in America award,” Vincentric said. The site commended the Subaru’s low depreciation, insurance, and fuel costs, while adding that the Crosstrek narrowly beat out last year’s winner, the Hyundai Tucson.

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2. Premium compact crossover: Buick Encore

The Buick (NYSE:GM) Encore was able to beat out its luxury-oriented competition by boasting ownership costs that fell almost 4 percent lower than expected, taking the top spot in six of Vincentric‘s eight cost categories.

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3. Midsize crossover: Toyota Highlander

“With ownership costs almost 6 percent lower than expected, the Toyota (NYSE:TM) Highlander outperformed top-notch competitors including the Volkswagen Touareg Diesel and its Toyota colleague, the Venza,” Vincentric notes. Time will tell if its ownership cost credentials carry over into the redesigned 2014, but it’s a safe bet that they will.

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4. Large crossover: GMC Acadia

Low insurance and repair costs helped seal the award for the GMC Acadia, “so if you’re looking for a crossover that provides excellent value, can transport parents and kids, and still have room for both your toys and theirs — look no further than this value driven winner,” Vincentric says.

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5. Midsize SUV: Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota’s Land Cruiser has carved out a reputation for itself by being incredibly capable and rugged while boasting a lavish and comfortable interior. The Land Cruiser scored 11 percent better than expected thanks to lower-than-average insurance, maintenance, fuel, and total operating costs.

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6. Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevrolet Tahoe has taken the best value award for the Large SUV category for the fifth consecutive year, with low operating costs and low depreciation working in its favor. Whether it will retain the designation with its 2015 redesign is still unforeseen, but like the Highlander, it’s more than likely.

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7. Compact SUV: Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler was hailed as the 2013 Vincentric Best Value in America award winner, and although it was almost beat out by Toyota’s FJ Cruiser, the Wrangler’s best-in-class insurance and strong depreciation worked to its advantage.

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8. Midsize premium crossover: BMW X5 Diesel

The BMW beat out 14 other contestants to rank as the best value for a midsize premium crossover, as it yielded ownership costs that fell 3 percent lower than expected. Its diesel nature helped the X5 clinch the award, as it bested the segment average for fuel costs; as for insurance, it fell about on par with average figures.

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