Here at Hopkins Acura, we know that many drivers are searching for larger vehicles lately. SUVs and crossovers are rather popular right now, but did you know that there are actually some big differences between these types of vehicles? Knowing more about each can help you make a better decision about what you want to drive.

Some people think that the difference between crossovers and SUVs are the size. They see a two-row model like the 2019 Acura RDX and correctly say it’s a crossover, but larger crossovers have made their way to the market in recent years. The three-row 2019 Acura MDX, for example, is actually considered a crossover if you want to get technical.

It’s all about how a vehicle is built. A crossover is built on a platform that can also be used by a car. An SUV is built on a similar platform to that of a truck. The crossover is manufactured with a “unibody” construction, where the body and frame are made as one distinct entity. A typical sport utility vehicle is manufactured using a “body on frame” construction method. The body is built, the frame is built, and then they’re joined together later.

As a result, the crossover tends to be lighter while the SUV is more rugged. A crossover is fuel-efficient and has “crumple zones” that keep you safer in an accident. An SUV is easier and less expensive to repair, while being more suited to tough tasks like towing. Four-wheel drive might be available for some off-road adventuring in an SUV as well. While the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, you can see just how different a crossover and SUV can be.

So if you’re searching for the perfect family car, visit our Acura dealership near San Francisco. Our expert Acura dealers will make it easy to find the luxury vehicle of your dreams. We hope to see you soon for a test drive!