5 Best Boxy Cars and SUVs
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Boxy cars and SUVs prove that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Love them or hate them, they’re often incredibly practical in terms of cargo space, and, for the taller folks among us, headroom.
They’ve also evolved from the vehicles of the 2000s including the Honda Element and Nissan’s Cube. Today, there are even a few boxy vehicles taking prominent places in the luxury market and a few boxy vehicles yet to come, including Toyota’s planned FT-4X. (Scion, we hardly knew you.)
Check out these 2019 cars and SUVs with a box-inspired build — our picks took into account ratings by Kelley Blue Book (KBB) experts, consumers on Edmunds, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Best boxy vehicles for the money
- 2019 Kia Soul
- 2019 Jeep Wrangler
- 2019 Ford Flex
Best boxy luxury vehicles
- 2019 Land Rover Range Rover
- 2019 Mercedes-Benz G 550
Best boxy cars & SUVs for the money
4.3 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.5 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (19 reviews)
5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick
The fun-loving Kia Soul has become a favorite among those looking for an alternative to your average SUV. The Soul features bright exterior colors and even fun interior options like speaker lighting that changes to the music if you’re willing to upgrade to an upper trim level. The base version comes with some nice features, especially for the price, including rearview camera and touchscreen, but if you want an automatic transmission, it’ll cost you. It’s worth looking at the Soul’s powertrain options, including an all-electric version. The Soul brings some major character and brings a lot of options for its price point.
4.4 out of 5 by KBB experts; 3.5 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (6 reviews)
Most Jeeps have an element of boxiness to them, including the Renegade, Jeep’s smallest (and least expensive) SUV, but the classic Wrangler has perhaps the most right angles of them all, especially when equipped with a hardtop. There are lots of options with this versatile vehicle though two doors and a soft top make for the least expensive Wrangler. Plus, it also features unparalleled off-road capabilities. The Renegade, while not yet rated this year by NHTSA, received 4 stars for the 2018 model. It also offers four doors on all trims and the option of four-wheel drive for not much more than its starting MSRP of $22,025.
3.7 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (1 review)
The Ford Flex is one of the larger boxy SUVs on this list, as it’s a full-sized SUV with seating space for up to seven. Perfect for growing families, it’s got enough space for picking up the kids’ friends and even packing them up for college — it offers a great amount of cargo space. Plus, if you’ve got a taste for the finer things, there are nice luxury options including heated front seats, three rows of skylights with a vista roof and more.
Best boxy luxury vehicles
3.8 by KBB experts; 3.7 by consumers on Edmunds
Though slightly rounder than in years past, Land Rover’s flagship luxury vehicle is one that certainly embodies the idea of the ultimate boxy SUV. The line’s other SUVs, including the Discovery and Evoque are curvier, but the Range Rover’s squared-off silhouette makes it distinct. It offers a quiet, comfortable ride that can also handle off-road situations with ease. The Range Rover also offers packages to make the back seats more luxurious, and a long wheelbase option that makes for more rear seat legroom. If you want something even boxier from the maker, watch out for the 2020 Defender.
2019 Mercedes-Benz G 550
Known as something of a status symbol, the SUV commonly known as the G Wagon is a favorite among certain circles. Largely unchanged since 2002, it received a long-awaited update in the 2019 model year with increased capability, including greater fording and climbing abilities. Though if you’re just looking to stay on the streets, it also offers a refined interior, far removed from the rugged looking exterior.
Financing the best boxy cars
Financing your next vehicle purchase is easy when you know where to turn. You’ll want to start by getting several different financing offers and getting preapproved, but that might involve filling out lots and lots of applications from lenders like banks, credit unions, and more. It certainly pays to shop around — why not do it the easy way with LendingTree’s auto loan center. There, you can fill out one form and compare up to five different offers from lenders based on your creditworthiness in one place. After all, it pays to think outside the box.
Vehicles included on this list are those that score at least a three out of five stars in ratings by consumers on Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book experts. They must be distinctive boxy builds with cargo space and other rugged features that set them apart from more traditional cars and SUVs. We’ve also considered safety scores by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) when available. All prices shown are for the base trim of each vehicle.