Crossovers vs. SUVs: Choosing the Right Vehicle

September 25th, 2017 by

2018 Ford Edge

Have you been thinking about buying a crossover or SUV in Georgia or South Carolina but are having a hard time understanding exactly what the difference is between these two types of vehicles? At Butler Auto Group, we have a variety of these models to choose from, including a full array of popular compact crossovers and full-size crossovers and SUVs. Learn about some common distinctions that separate these two vehicles types here, and then make your way to see us!

What Is the Difference Between a Crossover and an SUV?

Use this guide to help navigate the more subtle differences between a crossover and an SUV:

  • Design – A traditional SUV is built on a truck-based platform, which means it has a body-on-frame design. These types of chassis are designed to handle rugged conditions and difficult demands. Crossovers, on the other hand, have the look of an SUV but are built on a unibody, car-based platform. However, with a crossover vs. compact SUV, you might not notice any difference in size.
  • Drivetrains – In general, SUVs are offered with four-wheel drive (4WD) systems, while crossovers are offered with all-wheel drive (AWD) systems. A 4WD system can send power between the front and rear axles, as well as between the left and right wheels. An AWD system only sends power between the front and rear axles.
  • Efficiency – Due to the larger size, heavier weight, and more heavy-duty performance-based design of SUVs, they are generally less fuel-efficient than crossovers.

Crossover vs. SUV: Which is Best for Me?

These days, most families in the market for a vehicle with added space, along with a blend of performance capabilities and fuel efficiency, have a tendency to buy crossovers. For those in search of uncompromising performance and the ability to tackle off-road terrain and tow heavier equipment, a traditional SUV can be an excellent choice. There are also sedans and hatchbacks if you don’t need as much interior space.

Find Your Next Crossover or SUV at Butler Auto Group

Drivers all throughout Middle Georgia and Southern Georgia count on Butler Auto Group when they’re in the market for a new or used crossover or SUV. We have thousands of vehicles for you to choose from, many featuring a sunroof or moonroof, and you can easily finance your crossover or SUV through any one of our dealerships. Make sure you know what to bring to finance your vehicle, then contact us today to schedule a test drive of your favorite models near you!

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