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What’s The Difference Between a Crossover VS. An SUV? 

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If you’ve been car shopping lately, whether for a new car or a used car, you might’ve come across the term’s “crossover” and “SUV.” These terms often get used interchangeably, but are they the same? Let us delve deep into the differences. 

The Rise of Crossovers and SUV’s 

Before we drive straight into the nitty-gritty, it’s essential to understand why these vehicles have gained such popularity. Their larger sizes offer more passenger and cargo space, and they often come with better safety features. 

SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) 

Historically, the term SUV (or Sport Utility Vehicle) was reserved for vehicles that had truck-like construction. These vehicles are typically built on a “body-on-frame” platform, which means the body and frame are manufactured separately and then combined. This is the same foundational structure as many pickup trucks. 


  • Durability: Thanks to their body-on-frame construction, SUVs can handle rough terrains and heavy loads, making them great for off-roading or towing. 
  • Towing Capacity: If you are planning to pull a boat, camper, or any other heavy-duty trailer through California, an SUV might be your best bet. 
  • Space: Typically, SUVs can accommodate more passengers and cargo than crossovers. 


Crossovers, or CUVs (Crossover Utility Vehicles), are newer to the scene. They are built on a unibody construction. Instead of the body and frame being separate, they are one integrated unit. Most modern cars, like sedans and hatchbacks, use this construction. 


  • Fuel Efficiency: Crossovers tend to be lighter, translating to better fuel economy, especially when cruising around the Inland Empire. 
  • Handling and Ride Comfort: Being built like cars, crossovers often provide a smoother and more car-like driving experience. 
  • Safety: The unibody construction can offer better crash energy absorption, making some crossovers safer in certain collision scenarios. 

Key Differences at a Glance 

  • Foundation: SUVs have a body-on-frame construction (like trucks), while crossovers have a unibody design (like cars). 
  • Performance: SUVs are generally more rugged, suitable for off-roading and towing. Crossovers lean towards a more comfortable city and highway driving experience. 
  • Fuel Efficiency: Crossovers often win in the fuel efficiency department. 
  • Size and Space: While there’s considerable overlap, traditional SUVs can sometimes offer more cargo space and seating. 

Which One is Right for You?  

Now that you are armed with this knowledge, the next time you’re shopping in Ontario or anywhere else, you’ll be better equipped to make an informed decision. 

  • If you’re someone who frequently ventures into rough terrains, or you need a vehicle with substantial towing capacity for those weekend getaways, an SUV might be more your speed. 
  • However, if you prioritize fuel efficiency, comfort, and a car-like driving experience, then a crossover could be your ideal match. 

Whichever route you choose, both crossovers and SUVs offer fantastic advantages tailored to various needs. If you’re interested in exploring a vast selection of both SUVs and crossovers, visit us. 

If you are in California’s Inland Empire and your vehicle needs servicing, don’t hesitate to Schedule a service. 

In conclusion, while the lines between crossovers and SUVs continue to blur, especially with the introduction of compact SUVs and larger crossovers, understanding their core differences can significantly impact your car shopping experience. For more insights on the automotive world and choosing between a SUV and Crossover reference this JD power guide. 


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