The Difference Between a Crossover and an SUV in Vestal, NY

Over the past decade, crossovers and SUVs have taken the automotive world by storm. Drivers love the high seating position and ruggedness of these vehicle, combined with interior comfort. But what distinguishes a crossover from an SUV? Despite what you may think, there is actually a difference. Keep reading to learn more!

It's All About The Platform

The only major difference between the two is their frame. If your vehicle is built on a truck's platform, it's an SUV, and 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 use unibody construction.

Body-On-Frame vs. Unibody

Since the invention of the Model-T, the body-on-frame method of building cars has been practiced. It saved a lot of money by allowing manufacturers to put different body styles on the same frame. Today, hardly any vehicles aside from commercial vehicles, trucks and off-road vehicles are built 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 often 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 capable of towing or off-road performance, then an SUV might be your best choice. Otherwise, a crossover might be the better choice. If you're still unsure, be sure to consult 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 3101 Vestal Parkway E, Vestal, NY 13850 for a test-drive. We look forward to serving customers from Binghamton, Elmira and Ithaca.