When searching for a new car, you may have heard the term “crossover SUV” casually used to describe vehicles of a certain kind.

But what exactly is a crossover SUV? In this blog, we will help you understand the differences between traditional SUVs and CUVs.

The SUV: The sport utility vehicle, or SUV, is a large automobile that typically combines the towing strength of a pickup truck with the passenger capacity of a van. The SUV became popular in the mid-1990s as an “off-road” vehicle and slowly gained the mainstream popularity in the early 2000s as replacements for station wagons or minivans. Today, full-size SUVs are often developed with 4WD and off-road capabilities, as well as body-on-frame designs.

SUV Pros:

  • More room than most sedans or station wagons
  • Size offers safety advantages
  • Off-road capability
  • Towing  Potential

SUV Cons:

  • Low fuel economy
  • High emissions

The CUV: Designed as a more road-based offshoot of the SUV, the crossover SUV, or CUV, gained popularity in the late 2000s. CUVs are typically smaller than the traditional SUV, combining SUV features with those of a station wagon or hatchback. The CUV is also constructed with a unibody design and rarely features the off-road capabilities of a full-size SUV. Examples of 2013 Honda CUVs include the Crosstour, CR-V and Pilot.

CUV Pros:

  • Better gas mileage
  • Lower fuel emissions
  • More space than average sedan
  • Generally safe

CUV Cons:

  • Little to no off-road capability

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