The Difference Between a Crossover and an SUV | Dry Ridge KY | Serving Florence, Cincinnati & Lexington

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

If you look in the inventory of any dealership website, you’ll find a list of crossover and SUV models. While they might have many of the same features and capabilities, generally, crossovers are smaller than their SUV model counterparts. But what else distinguishes a crossover from an SUV? Keep reading to find out more about the difference between these two popular types of vehicles..

It's All About The Platform

The frame of these vehicles is the only big difference between them. So if your vehicle is constructed on a truck's platform, it's an SUV, and if it's built on a car's platform, it's a crossover. 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 hit the market, the body-on-frame way of constructing vehicles has been used. This design saved a lot of money because manufacturers could put various body styles on the same frame. Today, barely any vehicles aside from commercial vehicles, trucks and off-road vehicles are made this way. Contrastingly, unitary body construction means that a vehicle's frame and body are built together and are part of the same structure. Although a bit more complex to make, unibody vehicles tend to be safer, due to integrated crumple zones.

Which Is Right For You?

If you favor large vehicles or you think you'll need a vehicle capable of towing or off-roading, then an SUV might be a good choice for you. Otherwise, a crossover might be the better option. If you're still not sure, be sure to consult our friendly and knowledgeable sales team, who can help you go over 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 9 Taft Highway, Dry Ridge, KY 41035. We look forward to serving customers from Florence, Cincinnati and Lexington.

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