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Top Differences Between SUVs and Crossovers

Written By, NowCar Team

In today’s automotive market, there are more segments and categories of vehicles than there ever has been in the past. A number of new terms, jargon, and body styles can be overwhelming for new car buyers.

Whether you are purchasing a car from a dealer or have decided to go the online car shopping route - it’s important to know what’s what when it comes to vehicle types.

Popular Crossover Segment

One of the most explosive segments in recent years has been the Crossover or CUV segment. Every automotive brand has at least one, and they are ever increasing in popularity. What exactly is a crossover utility vehicle, and what makes it different from a sports utility vehicle, or SUV?

Some of the differences are obvious while others exist in a gray area. Today, we have everything you need to know about what sets a crossover apart from an SUV, and which one may be the perfect choice for your family.

Crossover VS SUV: What You Need to Know

Crossovers and SUVs are the perfect family vehicle. They can haul more than the average sedan, and generally offer more space for passengers to stretch out. The two vehicles exist in different segments, so check out what makes each one unique.

  • Platform
    The most basic difference between a CUV and an SUV is a difference not seen by the naked eye. A crossover is based on the platform of a car while the SUV sits on the chassis of a truck.
    CUVs are built in one piece while an SUVs body is built separately from its frame. While this may not seem significant, the difference lies in the overall ride that each offers - the CUV generally being a smoother ride while the SUV feels more like a truck.

  • Fuel Efficiency
    The crossover segment was created by car manufacturers, to explain a vehicle that was a “crossover” between the size of an SUV, and the fuel efficiency of a car. By that definition, CUVs tend to have a higher fuel economy than larger SUVs.

  • Power & Capability
    Traditionally, SUVs are powerhouse vehicles. They perform better than CUVs when it comes to towing or hauling heavy loads, and are typically masters of off-road terrain.

  • Size
    Lastly, SUVs are known for being large in size. Some SUVs on the road today can seat up to eight passengers, along with their cargo. CUVs are smaller in size, accommodating more than the typical sedan, without all of the extra bulk of an SUV.

Which is Right for You?

If you have a larger family or need a little extra space without the towing capability, a crossover is likely a good choice.

For those with large families, who need a high towing capacity and enjoy off-roading, an SUV may be a better route to go.

The decision to choose an SUV or crossover, can be easily made by making a list of what you need your vehicle to accomplish, and finding which one is best to fit those needs.