What is the difference between a crossover and SUV?
Today crossovers and SUVs continue to be two of the most popular vehicle segments on the U.S. market. These vehicles are versatile, comfortable and powerful. Depending on the model you choose, then there are likely to be a variety of great safety, entertainment and convenience options to choose from. Maybe most importantly, the crossover and SUV offer drivers a sleek alternative to the minivan and sedan. So what is the difference between these two types of vehicles?
Comparing the crossover vs. SUV
The most significant difference between a crossover and a SUV is the type of platform the vehicle is built on. Crossovers, also known as crossover SUVs, are built using unibody architecture while true SUVs use a body on frame design. To be considered unibody, the frame and body of the vehicle must all be one piece. In contrast, a body on frame design means the body of the vehicle is built separately from the frame and then the two are later put together.
How do you know if you’re looking at a crossover SUV or a SUV? The first rule of thumb is just because the marketing material says it’s a SUV doesn’t mean it is. Sometimes marketers use the terms to describe the styling or handling of the vehicle rather than what it really is. When it doubt, assume that you have a SUV on your hands. Almost any vehicle that is available with all-wheel drive and has a raised ground clearance most likely is an SUV.
Which do you prefer: crossover SUVs or SUVs? Let us know in the comments below!