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Differences Between Traditional and Crossover SUVs

With so many SUVs on the market today, it’s easy to get confused about the differences between traditional SUVs and crossover SUVs. What exactly are the differences, and what do they mean to consumers?

Construction technology

Traditional SUVs use body-on-frame technology, meaning the body and frame are built separately. The frame, usually made of steel and borrowed from a truck’s design, supports the powertrain. The body consists of everything else, the parts that we can see. This design provides more protection in collisions than crossover SUVs. And the truck frame causes the vehicle to handle like a truck, which may be challenging for some drivers.

Crossover SUVs follow a unibody design: the vehicle is built with a car platform, which is lighter than a truck frame. One metal frame supports both the body and the powertrain. This creates a more unified object for the driver to control; the driver feels … Read the rest