The Difference Between a Crossover and an SUV | Lansing MI | Serving Williamston & DeWitt

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

Have you been searching for a vehicle with the capability and space to meet all of your needs? Well, then you’ve probably been looking at SUV (sport utility vehicle) and crossover vehicles. They may have a lot in common, but do you know their differences? Keep reading to learn more about the distinguishing features of SUV and crossover models.

It's All About The Platform

The big difference you have to remember between the two is their frame. If your vehicle is built on a truck's platform, it's an SUV, or if it's built on a car's platform, it's a crossover. This means that an SUV uses a body-on-frame construction while all crossovers are considered unibody vehicles.

Body-On-Frame vs. Unibody

Ever since the Model-T was introduced, the body-on-frame method of building cars has been popular. This design saved a lot of money because manufacturers could put different body styles on the same frame. Today, barely any vehicles besides commercial vehicles, trucks and off-road vehicles are made this way. On the other hand, unitary body construction means that a vehicle's frame and body are made together and are part of the same structure. Although a bit more complicated to make, unibody vehicles tend to be safer, due to incorporated crumple zones.

Which Is Right For You?

If you prefer large vehicles or you know you'll need a vehicle able to tow or go off-roading, then an SUV might be a good match for your lifestyle. Otherwise, a crossover might be the better choice. If you're still not sure, be sure to talk to 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 5701 S Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, MI 48911. We look forward to serving our customers from Lansing, MI, and throughout Williamston and DeWitt.