What's The Difference Between SUV & Crossover?

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What's The Difference Between SUV & Crossover?

Like everything else around us, the domain of cars has undergone a major evolution. Even the car vocabulary is not the same now, and we may find ourselves struggling with terms at times.

SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) and cross over, for instance, are the popular terms and are often confused. Well, the most apparent difference between the two is that of the structure. However, they also differ in a lot of aspects like fuel capacity, ability to carry the load, repair time, and even safety measures in case of an accident. 

Here is a list of how the two are different:-

#1. Convenient or Challenging

If off-roading is your thing, you should never go for a crossover. Since SUVs are designed to go through challenging terrains, if you love exploring difficult areas, this should be your ideal choice!

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#2. Handling Effort

SUV and Crossover vehicles also differ in the effort that is required to handle them. Considering its weight and architecture, SUVs require more effort while driving as compared to a crossover.

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#3. Architecture

The architecture of a sports utility vehicle or SUV is similar to that of a truck. It does not have a single piece structure. Crossover, on the other hand, has unibody architecture and their structure is akin to that of a car.

#4. Weight

With a heavy platform and truck like structure, SUVs weigh more as compared to a crossover car. While it gives us perks like safety and ability to carry the load, it also brings in the disadvantage of requiring more power while driving.

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#5. Repair

Maintenance and repair is an important factor to consider before you actually buy a new car. On comparing the sports utility vehicle with a cross over, surprisingly, SUVs are easier to repair than the crossovers.

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#6. Safety

SUV and crossover also differ in the aspect of safety measures. In the event of an accident, SUVs can resist the collision more efficiently as compared to a crossover.

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#7. Load

With a stronger and heavier architecture, SUVs are capable of carrying off more weight as compared to the crossover vehicles. It comes in handy while towing.

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#8. Performance

An important feature of any vehicle is its performance and factors like pick up and mileage. The crossover has a better pick up, mobility and mileage as compared to an SUV.

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#9. Low Center Of Gravity

The center of gravity of a vehicle determines the risk of its rolling over. SUV has a higher gravity than the crossovers. Ergo, they are less likely to topple over.

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#10. Fuel Efficiency

The two vehicles differ on the point of fuel efficiency as well. As compared to SUV, crossovers are more fuel efficient. With a heavy built, SUVs require more power while driving, thereby reducing the fuel efficiency.

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#11. People’s Choice

When it comes to SUV, they are usually a favorite among the large families as road trips with family become more fun when you can all fit in together. Crossovers, on the other hand, come in handy when you know you won’t be having many passengers.

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We would love to hear from you. Tell us which one do you prefer more- SUV or crossover? Kindly use the comment box to share your thoughts and opinions with us.


I believe crossover has a better mileage and is comparatively easy to handle. 

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