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Difference Between SUVs vs Crossovers

SUVs vs crossovers: Chassis

What’s the difference between a Crossover and an SUV?

In most cases, the SUV vs Crossover debate is a worthy one because, to simplify the answer: it’s all about the platform. While consumers and automakers alike use the terms “SUV” and “Crossover” ever more interchangeably (which makes sense when you consider the styling similarities they share), key differences do exist. 

SUV vs Crossover

In a nutshell, Crossovers are built on a car platform and are, therefore, lighter as a unit. The SUV, by comparison, is heavier as it is built on a truck chassis. In reality, however and especially in the Subaru context — it’s a little more involved than that; there are additional things to help you differentiate between these two unique vehicle types.

What is an SUV?

SUVs are typically built for rougher terrains, so they are larger in size (classified as mid-sized or full-sized). When comparing the SUV vs Crossover structurally, the SUV frame and base are built separately and then joined together during the manufacturing process. They’re more rugged and are often the go-to choice when looking to tow heavier cargo. But that’s not to say that towing with a Crossover should be ruled out. 

What is a Crossover car?

Crossovers usually range from sub-compact to full-sized. That said, manufacturers will often refer to a crossover as a “small-sized SUV” or “compact SUV.” A crossover’s body and frame are built in a single piece which enhances the ride quality and because it is lighter also helps with fuel efficiency. 

Which is better, SUV or Crossover?

When it comes to the Subaru XV, be assured that it boasts all the perfect ingredients synonymous with our brand: a flat-four engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (SAWD) and its permanent heavy-split (the XV is a 60/40 front/rear bias — though this time it’s on a brand-new platform). 

Size-wise, it packs the punch of a large hatchback with impressive ground clearance to boot. 

It would be remiss of us to leave out the safety aspects that are standard with both SUVs and our Crossover. You get: 

  1. EyeSight Driver Assistance Systems
  2. Pre-Collision Braking System
  3. Adaptive Cruise Control
  4. Pre-Collision Throttle Management 
  5. Lane Departure Sway Warning 
  6. Ring-Shaped Reinforcement 
  7. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System
  8. Reverse Automatic Braking 
  9. Blind Spot Monitor with Lane Change Assist 
  10. Rear Cross Traffic Alert 
  11. Seven Airbags 

…and so much more

When people make the SUV vs Crossover comparison, they often think that the SUV trumps the Crossover when it comes to those who want to take their off-roading seriously. As formidable players in the SUV category, we’d happily back this statement (under other circumstances), and proudly ready the Subaru Outback or the Subaru Forester for your off-road challenges. 

But like having to choose a favourite child… know that the Subaru XV can manage much more than its competitors when it comes to off-road handling and safety (plus it’s slick and ready to do road trips, work trips, and take its spot front-and-centre in the school parking lot at the annual PTA meeting). 

If you’re looking for a vehicle with lots of space or towing and off-roading capability, then an SUV might be a good fit for you. If not, a crossover might be the better choice. Still unsure? Come and experience Confidence in Motion for yourself, book a test drive or find your local dealership and come in for a chat. 

And if you’d prefer to stay home and talk about anything Subaru with one of our helpful representatives, call our Customer Care Department on +27 11 608 0116. 

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