The Difference Between a Crossover and an SUV

August 12th, 2018 by

Whether you’re searching for a family car or an off-road warrior, you’re likely in the market for an SUV or a crossovers. Many drivers are familiar with these two terms; however, you may not know what separates the two exactly. At Glenbrook Dodge Chrysler Jeep®, we offer plenty of both, so we’re breaking down the differences to help you make the best decision.

The most significant differentiating factor between the two segments is the platform. The vehicle’s platform dictates whether it’s a crossover or an SUV. A crossover utilizes a car platform; meanwhile, an SUV rides on the same chassis as a truck. While there are always exceptions, a crossover uses a unibody architecture, with the body and frame as one piece, while SUVs use a bod-on-frame design, with the body built separately from the frame and then placed together.

Here at your Fort Wayne, IN area dealership, we sell an array of both. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is an example of an SUV, while the 2018 Dodge Journey fits in the crossover segment. 

For most drivers, the actual distinction isn’t all that important unless you have a preference on a vehicle’s platform. An excellent way to distinguish the two is to look at the overall size and passenger space. SUVs are usually larger and provide more passenger space.

At Glenbrook Dodge Chrysler Jeep, we believe it ultimately comes down to your lifestyle and preferences. If you’re looking for a utility vehicle that feels more like a car, opt for the crossover. If you’re looking for a more heavy-duty utility vehicle with more space, go for an SUV.

Stop by our Dodge dealership near Warsaw today to explore our new car inventory and feel free to ask our expert service staff about the differences between the two. We’ll be happy to go over what each model offers and what classifies them as one or the other.