Two of the most popular vehicle types on the market right now are the SUV and the crossover. At Dan Hemm Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM, we know our customers have some questions about the similarities and differences between these two types of body styles, so we’re here to tell you everything you need to know.

The largest difference between a crossover and an SUV is the platform its built upon. An SUV is built on a truck chassis with a body-on-frame construction, meaning it’s two separate attached pieces. Because of this design, the body is more stiff and more suited for towing, hauling, and off-road driving.

You’ll also note that SUVs are often larger (sometimes with third row seating), and come with more powerful engine options like V6 or V8. Some examples of SUVs we carry include the 2019 Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Dodge Durango.

Crossovers, on the other hand, have a unibody chassis platform, which is all one piece – like a sedan, but taller. Since they are more compact than SUVs, they typically feature a smaller engine and get better fuel efficiency. However, they are the same height as an SUV, and arguably just as safe.

Crossovers are great for easy driving in traffic and parking in small spaces thanks to their compact size and great visibility. Some examples of crossovers we carry include the 2018 Dodge Journey, Jeep Renegade, and Jeep Compass.

At our dealership, we’d be more than happy to show you some crossover and SUV models to let you observe these differences in person. We hope to find the model that suits your needs, whether you’re shopping as an individual, couple, or as a large family.