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The Difference Between a Crossover and an SUV in Cumming, GA

If you’ve thought you need a vehicle a bit bigger than a sedan or hatchback, you may have considered an SUV (sport utility vehicle) or a crossover. They are similar in body style, are both relatively sporty and have comparably sized engines, but they are different. Many manufacturers have blurred the lines between the two, and it’s a common mistake to think that a crossover is just a type of SUV. But we’re here to help you understand the difference between a crossover and an SUV.

It's All About The Platform

The major difference between a crossover and an SUV is their frame. If the vehicle is based on a truck's platform, it's an SUV, and if it's based on a car's platform, it's a crossover. In other words, an SUV uses a body-on-frame construction while a crossover is a unibody vehicle.

Body-On-Frame vs. Unibody

The body-on-frame method of building cars dates back to the Model-T. It helps manufacturers save on construction costs since it allows different body styles to be built on one type of frame. Today, few vehicles aside from commercial vehicles, trucks and off-road vehicles are made this way. In comparison, the body and frame of a unibody vehicle are made together and are part of the same structure. Unibody vehicles are more complicated to make, but they tend to be safer because they are designed to incorporate crumple zones.

Which Is Right For You?

If you’ll need a vehicle capable of towing or off-roading, or just prefer a larger vehicle, an SUV could be a good fit for you. Otherwise, a crossover may be the better choice. If you need more information to make a sound decision, be sure to consult our friendly and knowledgeable sales team, who can help you narrow down your options and make the best choice 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 1105 Buford Rd, Cumming, GA 30041 for a test-drive. We look forward to serving customers from Alpharetta and Atlanta.