While many people use the terms interchangeably, SUV and crossover refer to two different vehicle styles. If you’re a first-time car shopper, it’s important to know the difference in order to better describe and understand which vehicle fits your needs. While crossovers might suit some drivers, others will want to confine their search to SUVs. Discover the unique advantages of these two vehicle styles, to inform your preliminary research and shopping.
SUV stands for “Sport Utility Vehicle.” Most of models in the SUV category have a body-on-frame platform. That means that the body and the frame are two separate components that are fitted together. Many SUVs are built on truck platforms, which gives them higher ratings for towing and hauling than crossovers.
Crossovers are much newer than SUVs, and they’re built with a unibody frame. That means that the frame and body are actually one piece. The advantage to this type of design is that it translates to a smoother ride for passengers. So, if you prefer comfort over towing capacity, a crossover might be best.
Gray Areas: SUV/Crossovers
While these might seem like clear-cut definitions, it’s not always easy to distinguish between the two. Additionally, many companies have started using the term SUV/crossover, which only adds to the confusion. Thus, it’s usually acceptable to refer to any model with a raised ground clearance and available all-wheel drive as an SUV.
Mitsubishi boasts several models that fall into the SUV/crossover segment, such as the Eclipse Cross, Outlander, and Outlander Sport. Evaluate your lifestyle and needs, then head to Schaumburg Mitsubishi to browse our current inventory. We’ll help you find the right model to match your budget and preferences, whether you’re shopping for a new commuter or a potent SUV for occasional towing jobs. We can also answer any other questions you have about SUVs and crossovers.