The Difference Between a Crossover and an SUV | Greenville SC | Serving Spartanburg, Greer, Anderson & Easley

What's the difference between a crossover and an SUV?

If you’ve thought you need a vehicle a bit bigger than a sedan or hatchback, then you might have considered either an SUV (sport utility vehicle) or a crossover. Don’t be fooled by the similarities in body style, sportiness and engine size, or by the ways manufacturers have blurred the lines between the two over the years. These things have led to a common misconception that a crossover is only a type of SUV, but they are separate. We're here to help you distinguish between a crossover and an SUV.

It's All About The Platform

The most important difference between a crossover and an SUV is that they are built with different frames. If the vehicle is based on a truck's platform, it's an SUV, and if it's based on a car's platform, it's a crossover. An SUV is built using what’s called body-on-frame construction while a crossover is a unibody vehicle.

Body-On-Frame vs. Unibody

Body-on-frame construction dates back to the Model-T. This method saves money because it allows manufacturers to put different body styles on one frame. Today, few vehicles aside from commercial vehicles, trucks and off-road vehicles are made this way. Unibody construction means that a vehicle's frame and body are made together and are built to be part of one structure. Unibody vehicles are a bit more complicated to make, but they tend to be safer because they have crumple zones designed into the frame.

Which Is Right For You?

If you know you’ll need a vehicle capable of towing or off-roading, or you just prefer a larger one, then an SUV might be a good fit for you. Otherwise, a crossover may be the better option. If you’re still unsure of choosing between the two, feel free to consult our friendly and knowledgeable sales team, who can help you narrow down your options and make the best decision for your lifestyle.

If you'd like to learn more about your options regarding SUV or crossover models, feel free to contact us directly or stop by 2645 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607 for a test-drive. We look forward to serving customers from Spartanburg, Greer, Anderson and Easley.

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