Want the Best Deal On a Compact SUV? Check Out These 8 Crossovers to Lease in 2019 With No Money Down
Are you looking for a great deal on a brand-new 2019 compact SUV?
It’s a strong year for crossovers, with exciting redesigns from many leading brands.
Check out these top new models from Chevy, Mazda, Jeep, and other trusted names in SUV’s. Whether your priority is power, safety, off-road capabilities or style you’ll find here a vehicle to suit your needs. They all offer premium quality for affordable prices.
Here at Capital Motor Cars, our goal is to streamline car leasing. So here we’re providing a breakdown of the top crossover SUV’s of this year, to see how they stack up against each other and help you choose the best one for you.
1. 2019 Chevrolet Equinox
After a complete redesign in 2018, the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is largely unchanged, save for a few new perks and upgrades. Just as much as last year, it’s a good-looking, good-handling compact SUV.
The Equinox’s powertrain options include a 170hp 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, a 252hp 2.0-liter turbo-four and a 137hp 1.6-liter turbodiesel. With either choice, it’s got plenty of power under the hood and a surprising bite to its suspension that comes in handy when cornering around hilly roads. This combination gives it strong passing torque on the highway and an impressive 39mpg highway fuel economy, the best for any non-hybrid in its class. It should be able to tow up to 3,500lbs.
For all this, it’s surprisingly quiet on the inside, making for an enjoyable ride.
Finally, it really is an attractive vehicle. The interior is tastefully designed with a soft finish. The exterior is bold and classy with sharp, clean lines and spot-on proportions.
Value: Prices start at $23,580 to buy, or lease it at Capital Motor Cars starting from $234/month with no down payment. You’d have to go way up in price to get a similar vehicle with the same level of features.
Safety: The 2019 Equinox earned top safety ratings from the NHTSA, with an overall 5/5 stars.
Parents will appreciate Chevrolet’s Teen Driver feature, allowing them to monitor their kids’ driving habits.
Technology: The 2018 Equinox comes loaded with features including remote keyless entry, Bluetooth and voice control, an optional seven-speaker Bose sound system and a 4G WiFi hotspot.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on a 7.0” touchscreen, which can be upgraded to an 8” that also adds SiriusXM satellite radio and a navigation system.
It also comes with OnStar Emergency Services, a system that helps you out in case of an accident, severe weather, or if you run out of gas.
Cargo room: 29.9 cubic feet behind the second row of seats, or 63.9 cubic feet with seats folded down.
Space: Seats five. 40” front headroom, 38.5” second headroom, 40.9” front leg room, 39.9” second leg room.
Choose the Equinox if you’re looking for: A strong, affordable compact SUV that gets the job done, with tons of features and a quality interior.
2. 2019 Nissan Rogue
The Rogue, Nissan’s best-selling model, is a practical and efficient crossover, and one of the safest in its class.
The Rogue is a useful vehicle with plenty of space for passengers and cargo. Its comfy, upscale interior and soft suspension together make for a smooth and pleasant ride.
This compact SUV already gets great gas mileage, but the Eco Mode on the Rogue SV allows the computer to manage the engine for maximum fuel efficiency. (There’s a switch for it by the transmission shifter, or choose Eco Mode on the car navigation screen).
Value: Starts at around $24,800, a little higher than average but considering what it has to offer that’s good value. It’s probably the most versatility per price of any vehicle in its class.
Safety: Overall 4-star rating from the NHTSA. Chosen as Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, when equipped with optional LED headlights.
The Rogue comes with generous standard safety features. On the Rogue SV, these include:
- Automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane departure warning and assist
- Blind spot monitoring
- Parking sensors and rear-view camera
Nissan’s Intelligent Safety Shield (also standard) is a comprehensive system to monitor driving conditions, respond to the situation and protect passengers in case of a collision.
The optional ProPilot Assist system keeps the vehicle centered in its lane for highway driving, reducing driver fatigue.
Technology: Safety tech, as we’ve already covered, is top of its class. The base model starts with all the gadgets you’d expect, and as you go up the trim levels, you find more nice features.
Cargo room: 39.3 cubic feet up to the second row, a generous 70 cubic feet with the seats folded.
Space: Seats five comfortably. Front headroom 41.6”, second headroom 38.5”. Front legroom 43”, second leg room 37.9.
Choose the Rogue if you’re looking for: A comfortable SUV with stellar safety features and high fuel economy.
3. 2019 Jeep Compass Latitude
If you want to get off the roads without your budget going off the rails, check out the 2019 Jeep Compass Latitude. This compact SUV combines a user-friendly interior with all the rugged functionality you expect from a Jeep. On paved roads, it’s nothing special, but get it out into the wild and it will shine.
The Jeep Compass excels on dirt and gritty conditions, with two available four-wheel-drive systems and four traction control settings: Auto, Snow, Sand, and Mud. Its suspension is soft over rough terrain and it has a tight turning radius.
The Latitude has larger wheels and an upgraded interior, along with keyless ignition and some other neat features.
Value (Updated 9/5/2019): Starts at $27,835 for sale, or lease from Capital Motor Cars starting from $244/month with $1,754 taxes & fees due at signing. Think of it as a budget version of the Grand Cherokee (in a good way).
Technology: Not a tech-heavy vehicle but what it has worked well. Intuitive interface, great smartphone integration and easy access to functions such as drive mode and traction control.
Cargo room: 27.2 cubic feet to the second row or 59.8 with seats folded.
Space: Seats four with plenty of space, or four if you want to get cozy. 39.2” front headroom, 38.5” second headroom, 41.8” front leg room, and 38.3” second leg room.
Choose the Jeep Compass if you’re looking for: A low-budget off-roader with a high-quality interior.
4. 2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport
Many reviewers have picked out the Mazda CX-5 Sport as one of the best small SUV’s of this year. With its precise handling and great response, it offers the ride quality of a vehicle twice its price. Its electrically assisted steering comes alive especially on curvy roads, thanks to is G-Vectoring Control that subtly reduces engine torque around corners.
The aesthetics of the Mazda CX-5 also seem to belong to a much more expensive car. The design team clearly put a lot of attention into every detail. Its fabulous layout and first-rate materials make it feel like you’re inside a luxury vehicle. It’s also remarkably quiet inside, even when cruising on the highway.
Overall, it’s one of the most fun SUV’s to drive. Others might have more cargo space and extra “smart” features, but the CX-5 is really a winner when it comes to performance, especially with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine on the top trim levels.
Value (Updated 9/5/2019): Starts at $26,745. The Touring model offers the best value at $29,060, with more features than the base trim but several thousand dollars below the top levels. Our current lease deal for the Sport trim is $261/month with $1,937 taxes & fees due at signing.
Safety: Highly rated all around, with 5/5 stars from the NHTSA and chosen as Top Safety Pick+ (their highest rating) by the IIHS. It comes standard with several active safety features: blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, front automated emergency braking, rear cross-traffic monitoring.
Technology: This year’s model has standard smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also new is a surround-view parking camera. The interior dotted with USB ports and the 7.0” touchscreen is easy and intuitive.
The voice recognition system is unusually naturalistic, with no prompts needed.
Cargo room: 30.9 cubic feet with seats up or 59.6 with rear seats folded.
Space: Seats five. Front headroom 39.7”, second headroom 39.0”. Front 41.0”, second leg room 39.6”.
Choose the Mazda CX-5 if you’re looking for: Fantastic handling and driving dynamics matched with a gorgeous, upscale design.
5. 2019 Hyundai Tucson
The 2019 Hyundai Tucson should be your SUV of choice if safety and reliability are priorities for you. It got the highest possible ratings on government crash tests and comes with a great set of safety features.
New for the Tucson this year is updated styling (check out the cascading grille in the front, Hyundai’s new signature feature), some new tech and safety features.
The interior is reminiscent of the Kona, with a lower dash and 7.0” touchscreen rising out of it. It also comes with a new engine option: a non-turbo 2.4-liter inline-4, delivering 181hp. (The base trim still has a 164-horsepower 4-cylinder). Either choice still gives plenty of pep on the road, and an all-wheel drive is an option.
Lively to drive without compromising on ride quality, the Tucson handles well around corners and over bumpy roads. In fact, it flows over rough surfaces with much more ease than most small crossovers.
It’s definitely on the small end, even for compact SUV’s. So while it may not fit as much cargo as some of its rivals, it makes up for it when you’re trying to park or maneuver in tight spaces.
The interior is simple but functional with comfortable seats. Actually, this is the impression given overall by the Tucson. It’s not a big, flashy SUV but appealing, enjoyable and versatile.
Value: Great value even at base trims. Loads of features, top safety scores, and a sweet interior make it an attractive option, starting at $23,200. The aptly-named Value trim is probably your best pick when it comes to tech for the price.
Technology: Even the entry-level Tucson includes many active safety features, such as lane keeping assist, driver attention warning and forward collision avoidance. Above the base, the touchscreen goes HD and includes SiriusXM.
Cargo room: 31.0 cubic feet with rear seats up, 61.9 with them down. Above average small-item storage within the cabin.
Space: Should fit five adults comfortably, though the three in the back may feel tight. 39.6” front headroom, 39.2” rear. 41.5” front leg room, 38.2 rear.
Choose the Tucson if you’re looking for: A safe, solid vehicle that delivers good performance in a no-nonsense package.
6. 2019 Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 kicked off the compact-crossover SUV segment back in 1994 and it’s been top choice since then.
Practicality and reliability are the names of the game with the 2019 RAV4. It gets the job done, and it’s quiet and comfortable to boot. This year’s model has received a bit of a makeover for a more angular, aggressive look.
The RAV4 offers more cargo room than many of its competitors,
It gets great fuel economy and its soft, smooth ride belies the power under its hood: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine delivers 203 horsepower and a nice throaty growl. The Hybrid version, which combines gasoline-electric power with an electric motor and nickel-hydride battery, gives better acceleration and highway passing power.
Value: Starts at $25,500. The RAV4 is solid at any level, but I’d recommend the XLE. Just one level up from the base, it adds more upscale features such as fog lamps, 17-inch wheels, a power sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate controls.
Safety: Not crash-tested by the NHTSA or IIHS in 2019, but the 2018 model was an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Advanced safety features include automatic high beams, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control, among others.
Technology: Tons of options over the diverse trim levels. Get the “Power Plus” package to upgrade any level with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a power liftgate, roof rails, proximity key and a backup camera with gridlines.
Cargo room: 37.6 cubic feet behind the second row, 69.8 with second seats folded.
Space: The interior plays a few tricks to make more space (the back row of seats is quite low to the ground to allow for more headroom), but it works. It feels spacious and roomy inside the straightforwardly designed cabin. Headroom 37.7” in front, 39.5” in the back with moonroof. Front legroom 41”, rear 37.8”.
Choose the Toyota RAV4 if you’re looking for: A pragmatic and reliable vehicle with plentiful options.
7. 2019 Honda CR-V
With its high-tech equipment, impressive gas mileage, ample cargo space, and high-powered performance, the 2019 Honda CR-V is a force to be reckoned with.
Engaging and compliant to drive, its 184-horsepower engine gets you moving and a very responsive brake keeps you safe. It’s a small SUV but it doesn’t compromise on performance or driving experience.
Add to this that the CR-V is one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers, averaging 33mp on the highway. For such an athletic vehicle, it sips gas like a pro.
Its modern, roomy interior is thoughtfully designed, with unmatched ease of entry and visibility, plus some nice touches like venting all four windows by holding the unlock button. The CR-V provides more rear seating space than any other compact SUV.
Popularity doesn’t always equal quality, but in this case, there’s a reason the CR-V is one of the best-selling crossovers on the market. It’s a winner overall, combining practicality, versatility, and style.
Value (Updated 9/5/2019): Starting at $26,745, the CR-V offers superlative value. The EX model offers a more powerful and efficient engine plus a bunch of extra features for a relatively small price increase. Our current lease deal for the EX trim is $288/month with $1,975 taxes & fees due at signing.
Technology: Generous driver safety aids and seamless smartphone integration. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available on all but the base trim level.
Cargo room: 39.2 cubic feet to the second row and 75.8 (yes) with the back seats folded. You’ll find plentiful storage spaces for small items within the cabin.
Space: Front headroom 40.1”, front leg room 41.3”. Rear headroom 39.2”, rear leg room 40.4”.
Choose the Honda CR-V if you’re looking for: Top performance, tons of space and the latest tech for excellent value.
8. 2019 Ford Escape
The Ford Escape is an SUV for people who love to drive. Its quick steering, tight suspension and lively turbo 4-cylinder engine give it power and agility on the road.
It’s smooth around turns and its snappy acceleration makes highway passing a breeze. Its handling makes it feel more like a sedan than an SUV, while providing the space and utility of a much larger vehicle.
Agility notwithstanding, it has some muscle, with a maximum towing capacity of 2,000lb.
On the inside, it features supportive, power-adjustable seats and a quality interior, contributing to a pleasant riding experience.
Value: Starts at $24,105. Higher trim levels get expensive, so if you want the advanced safety features without blowing your budget, get the Smart and Safe package. This adds automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and late departure warning.
The SEL trim is a good compromise, offering premium features at a modest price.
Technology: The 2019 Escape comes with excellent smartphone integration and voice control, as well as high-tech safety features as you go up the levels.
Some new tech comes standard this year on lower trims, such as Sync 3 infotainment, keyless entry, and push-button ignition.
Cargo room: 34 cubic feet to the second row or 68 with the back row down.
Space: Front headroom 40” and rear headroom 39”. Legroom 43.1” in the front and 37.3” in the back.
Choose the Ford Escape if you’re looking for: An SUV that’s fun to drive and comes supported with user-friendly technology, with plenty of space for things and people.
Each of these vehicles is a strong choice with something unique to offer. Depending on your needs and budget, any one of them could be your dream SUV for this year.
For safety, the Nissan Rogue would be my top choice, with its abundant safety features.
If Value is your priority, definitely go for the Honda CR-V.
Capital Motor Cars are offering great lease deals on all of these crossovers and more. Get in touch with us when you’re ready to get behind the wheel.