What is the Difference Between a Crossover and SUV? Downers Grove

March 27th, 2020 by

What is the Difference Between a Crossover and SUV? Downers Grove

Often the terms crossover and SUV have been used interchangeably, however, there are some key differences between the two. One of the major differences is that a crossover is built using a unibody platform which is often used by most passenger cars; whereas an SUV is built using a body-on-frame platform, which is often used by off-road vehicles and light trucks. An SUV is short for sport utility vehicle. However, the issue arises as the acronym “SUV” is now being used to describe just about any vehicle that offers all-wheel-drive and decent ground clearance.

SUVs vs Crossovers Downers Grove

While back in the day SUVs were often limited to tradespeople and outdoor enthusiasts, things changed in the 90s when families started jumping on the SUV bandwagon. As things progressed, crossovers brought about more easygoing road manners as well as better fuel efficiency, making them more popular for families and singles alike. Today, SUVs and crossovers outsell conventional passenger cars, and could likely outnumber them in the new-vehicle market as automakers predict to offer as many as 150 separate models industry-wide by 2020.
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Why Crossovers Emerged?

Why Crossovers Emerged?

During a time when the economy was restless and fuel prices surged, consumers became more concerned with fuel efficiency. Large, heavy, and inefficient vehicles were negatively affected as consumers were looking for alternatives that were fuel efficient but still offered the space and utility of an SUV. Automakers shifted emphasis to vehicles that combined the usefulness of a truck and the economy of a car.

The Evolution of Crossovers vs SUVs

The key distinction between a crossover and SUV is the construction of the two. Traditional SUVs and crossovers are based on different platforms. So, if a vehicle is based on a truck’s platform it’s an SUV, but if it is based on a car’s platform, it’s a crossover. The official distinction is based on the vehicle’s construction. An SUV utilizes body-on-frame construction. A crossover is a unibody vehicle. Body-on-frame construction was the first method of vehicle building. It is defined as a body mounted to a separate frame. Today, very few vehicles (aside from heavy-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, off-road vehicles, and some large SUVs) still use body-on-frame construction. This method allows for greater torsional flexing, preferred in off-road vehicles, and it can be more easily repaired, which is helpful for fleets. Traditional SUVs with body-on-frame construction are also excellent for towing.

Nissan SUVs vs Crossovers Downers Grove

Nissan has an extensive range of SUVs as well as crossovers, and the 2020 models are jam packed with innovative features. Check out the 2020 Nissan Murano, Pathfinder, Kicks, Rogue, Rogue Sport, and Armada at Bill Kay Nissan in Downers Grove. We look forward to working with you!
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