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9001 Camp Bowie West Fort Worth, TX 76116
9001 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, TX 76116
Sales/Service/Parts: (817) 560-1500

What's the difference between a crossover and an SUV?

Looking for a vehicle that's larger than a sedan or hatchback? An SUV (sport utility vehicle) or crossover is a great option. While SUVs and Crossovers have similar body styles and engines, there are a few differences which we've highlighted below. Keep reading to learn more!

It's All About The Platform

The only major difference between an SUV and a crossover is the frame. If one is based on a truck's platform, it's an SUV, but if it's based on a car's platform, it's a crossover. This means that an SUV has a body-on-frame design while all crossovers are considered unibody vehicles.

Body-On-Frame vs. Unibody

Manufacturers have used the body-on-frame method of building cars since the Model-T. This style of design was cost-effective since different body styles could be put on the same frame. But today, few vehicles, aside from commercial vehicles, trucks and off-road vehicles, are designed this way. Unitary body construction means that a vehicle's frame and body are made together as part of the same structure. Although a bit more involved to make, unibody vehicles tend to be safer, thanks to incorporated crumple zones.

Which Is Right For You?

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? Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is happy to help you narrow down your options and make the best decision for your lifestyle.

Want to learn more about SUV or crossover models? Feel free to contact us directly or stop by 9001 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, TX 76116 for a test-drive. We look forward to serving customers from Arlington, Burleson, Weatherford and Keller.

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