For the past several years, consumers who value off-road capability and interior space have largely turned to SUVs and crossovers for personal and family transportation. And while both types of vehicles are very popular, many consumers are unable to clearly explain the difference between them. Luckily, your friends here at Arrowhead Honda know the difference, and we've laid it out it for you below. Keep reading to learn more.
The only major difference between crossovers and SUVs is their frame. If a 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. This means that an SUV uses a body-on-frame construction while all crossovers are considered unibody vehicles.
The body-on-frame method of building cars has been used since Ford first manufactured the Model-T. This style of design saved a lot of money since manufacturers could put different body styles on the same frame. Today, hardly any vehicles aside from commercial vehicles, trucks and off-road vehicles are made this way. On the flip side, unitary body construction means that a vehicle's frame and body are made together and are part of the same structure. Although a bit more complicated to make, unibody vehicles tend to be safer because of their incorporated crumple zones.
If you prefer larger vehicles or know you'll need towing or off-road capacity, then an SUV might be a good fit for you. 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 8380 W Bell Road, Peoria, AZ 85382 for a test-drive. We look forward to serving customers from Phoenix, Glendale and Sun City.