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What does crossover SUV mean?

Today, there are more options than ever for shoppers in search of the perfect vehicle. And if you have your eye on a crossover SUV then you have even more options to choose from. But what exactly is a crossover SUV and how is it different from a SUV?

At the most basic level, a crossover SUV is a vehicle that has been built using the same platform cars use. The benefit is strong fuel economy, car-like handling and a spacious cabin with generous cargo space. Crossover SUV essentially means that a vehicle has the look and many of the benefits of an SUV, but with some of the advantages of a sedan.2019 Toyota RAV4 by the ocean

Which is better: Crossover vs. SUV?

It all really depends on which is right for you. SUVs are built using a truck platform and have more towing and off-road capability. So if you’re looking for a vehicle that you can take off-roading or can tow large loads, an SUV might be right for you. Most SUVs on the market today have V6 engines and the option of all-wheel drive.

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A crossover SUV is also very capable and many are available with all-wheel drive, power engine options, great fuel economy ratings and spacious cabins. Because the crossover and the SUV have two very different platforms, the two handle differently on the road. The SUV might have a stiffer handling overall because of the truck platform – but this can be an advantage, especially when tackling rough off roads. The crossover, on the other hand, might have a more nimble, athletic handling that makes navigating busy roadways easy.

With that said, every vehicle is different. We invite you to compare and contrast all the vehicle options we have available with a test drive today!  Stop by and see us or shop online 24/7.

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