Crossovers vs SUVs: What’s the Difference?

You have a standing invitation to visit our Honda dealership whenever you’re looking for new Honda cars. We maintain a generous selection of the latest Honda vehicles and our extensive inventory includes a nice array of Honda car models. When they visit our convenient location, many drivers ask us about the differences that exist between crossovers and SUVs. While they may look similar, there are distinct differences between these two kinds of vehicles.

What Is a Crossover?

 A crossover is made with a unibody design, which means one piece of material makes up the automobile’s foundation and body. When you visit our Honda dealership near Lexington, KY for a test drive, you’ll see that crossovers typically handle the road just like a sedan does. Like big SUVs, large crossovers can normally accommodate more passengers and cargo than hatchbacks and sedans.

Many crossovers are equipped with standard all-wheel drive or have it available as an option at least on some trims. Crossovers like the 2018 Honda CR-V can generally handle some light off-roading, but they’re often most comfortable on paved roadways.

What Is an SUV?

An SUV is built with body on frame construction, which means the vehicle’s body is manufactured separately from its frame. In general, SUVs are built on the same foundation that’s used to create a truck, which is why these automobiles feel more like a pickup when you’re behind the wheel.

While some SUVs have all-wheel drive as a standard or optional feature, SUVs are typically equipped with four-wheel drive as either a standard or available feature. Because they’re normally outfitted with four-wheel drive, SUVs ordinarily have greater off-road capabilities and greater towing and hauling abilities than crossovers do. As it is with crossovers, SUVS usually have two or three rows of seats and they can often accommodate up to eight passengers.

Comparing Honda Crossovers and SUVs

When it comes to Honda crossovers and SUVs like the 2018 Honda Pilot and the new Honda CR-V, you’ll find that you have a nice variety of vehicles to choose from. Whether a crossover or SUV is right for you depends on several factors, including the things you’ll use your automobile for most often and the conditions you drive in most frequently.

If you’re trying to decide between an SUV and a crossover, we can help you make the choice that’s right for you. Visit Gates Honda today.