In the past decade or so, crossovers and SUVs have become the most popular vehicle segments in the Anderson, IN area and across the United States as a whole. FCA US LLC manufacturers vehicles that fit into both categorizations, but some drivers find that it’s difficult to tell the difference between crossovers and SUVs. Here at Goodwin Bros Auto, our friendly experts are happy to explain the differences between these two similar segments, as well as provide recommendations for vehicles that fit your specific needs. 

At first glance, FCA US LLC crossovers and SUVs are very similar. They are both terrific vehicles for busy families, they are packed with the latest in safety and tech features, and often provide an optimal fuel-economy to performance ratio. However, if you look closer, you’ll begin to notice differences, starting with the body platform that the vehicles ride on. A crossover is based on a car’s platform, while SUVs are built on the same platform as pickup trucks. As a result, crossovers use a unibody architecture, while SUVs utilize what’s known as a body on frame design. In this case, the body is built separately from the frame and placed together later.

In addition to the differences in body platforms, SUVs and crossovers tend to differ in size. Because they have more in common with cars, crossovers normally seat five and feature more nimble handling than SUVs. In contrast, SUVs like the Dodge Journey can seat up to seven in their well-appointed interiors and sometimes include amenities that aren’t found on crossovers. They also are better for off-road purposes thanks to their all-wheel-drive capabilities.

To get behind the wheel of a crossover or an SUV, head on over to Goodwin Bros Auto today.