The Difference between SUVs and Crossovers at Joe Machens Mazda

August 17th, 2018 by

Here at Joe Machens Mazda, we know everything about cars. The automobile industry is our speciality, and our staff is prepared to help you learn everything you need to know about the Mazda brand. Since our technicians and representatives are highly trained experts in their field, they are the perfect source for information about vehicles. They can help drivers determine the benefits between buying a new or used vehicle, the right time to get an oil change and more!

One of the most common questions our staff gets asked is, “What’s the difference between an SUV and a crossover?” Though this question is seemingly simple, the answer is a bit more complex; however, our staff can easily help answer this question.

The Main Difference: Nowadays, SUVs and crossovers have essentially become substitutes for one another. This means that SUVs are marketed as crossovers just as often as crossovers are marketed as SUVs. This is primarily because they are so similar to one another, as both vehicles are typically four-door vehicles with all-wheel-drive ability.

There is, however, one major difference between SUVs and crossovers: the platform. SUVs are designed “body on frame,” which means the frame and body are built separately and then joined. On the other hand, a crossover has a “unibody” design, which means the body and frame are built as one cohesive unit. As a result, the two vehicles differ slightly in their performance. SUVs tend to be a bit more durable or suited for off-roading and will handle similarly to a truck. Crossovers are not necessarily designed to go off-road and handle similarly to a sedan.

Buying an SUV or Crossover

Stop by your Missouri Mazda dealer to check out the latest new Mazda SUVs and crossovers for sale. Test drive the 2018 Mazda CX-3 Sport to see if an SUV or a crossover is right for you. Visit Joe Machens Mazda today!

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