Many people casually throw around the terms “SUV” and “crossover” interchangeably. Some even use the term “crossover SUV.” While SUVs and crossovers appear identical, their construction actually differs substantially.

Let’s begin with SUV, also known as a sports utility vehicle, which is the more widely used of the two terms. An SUV utilizes the same architecture as a pickup truck: body on frame. They’re quite adept at traversing uneven terrain, such as deep mud and snow, thanks to the common offering of four-wheel drive. They also have a towing prowess similar to that of a pickup. The 2018 Jeep® Wrangler and Dodge Durango are excellent examples of SUVs.

Crossovers, on the other hand, utilize the architecture of a sedan: unibody. They often boast smoother handling and etter fuel efficiency than SUVs. They also mostly have front-wheel drive as standard, with the option for all-wheel drive in select models. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Journey are both crossovers available at our Chrysler dealership near Sheboygan, WI.

So, which is better for you? It comes down to your individual needs. We recommend SUVs if you plan on doing off-roading or heavy towing on a regular basis. If you commute on a daily basis and need a larger vehicle for your family or occasional weekend getaways, a crossover will suffice. Both, however, will grant you increased interior room and power from a sedan.

Visit Van Horn Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Manitowoc to learn more about crossovers and SUVs; our car lineup includes an array of either option. Don’t forget about our 90-day test drive either, which allows you to get a feel for how a vehicle operates without committing to a lease or loan for three months! Our Wisconsin Jeep dealers look forward to helping you out soon!