How is a crossover different from an SUV?
Crossovers and SUVs have quickly become some of the most popular vehicles on the roads today. Many times these two terms can be used interchangeably to describe similar vehicles, but there are some distinct differences. So how is a crossover different from an SUV?
Benefits of a crossover or SUV
If a vehicle is referred to as a “crossover,” it is typically smaller than a conventional SUV. This newer term is used to differentiate between the larger, truck-based vehicles and the smaller versions based on car platforms.
Crossovers will tend to be physically smaller than conventional SUVs. This can lead to certain benefits. Crossovers can be equipped with smaller four-cylinder engine instead of the conventional V-6 and V-8 engine options powering their larger siblings. This leads to improved fuel economy ratings that are competitive with many sedans. However, sedan models are not able to offer the storage capacity offered by a crossover vehicle.
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The larger size of a conventional SUV does offer several benefits that are unavailable on the smaller crossovers. Because SUV models tend to offer larger engine options, the detriments in fuel economy many times will be offset by increased power and performance numbers. This leads to higher maximum towing and payload ratings. The larger size also allows these vehicles to offer increased storage space and offer additional rows of seating.
Crossover models and SUV models each offer a different set of benefits. Drivers considering one of these vehicles should determine which one best fits their needs as an owner.
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