The crossover segment is not only popular—it’s crowded. There’s no mystery as to why the crossover has become the most popular segment. They work when a minivan or full-size SUV would be too bulky or inefficient and when a car would be too small. Because the crossover segment is so popular, it comes as no surprise that every year, Cars.com announces its Most Affordable Three-Row Crossover list, naming the best of the best in the segment. This year, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has come out on top.
The list is determined based on the characteristics consumers look for in a three-row crossover. These characteristics include an automatic transmission, power driver’s seat, rearview camera, USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity. Then, the crossover’s affordability is calculated by an equation involving the five-year fuel cost, price, and residual value.
Cars.com found that the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander met all of the requirements to be the year’s Most Affordable Three-Row Crossover. The estimated five-year fuel cost for the Outlander was $2,000 less than the next competitor on the list. Though its residual was not as strong as some, the fuel cost and a low starting price helped the Outlander to win.