suv vs crossover

What’s The Difference between a Honda Crossover and SUV?

At Keyes Honda, we recognize that not every customer is an automotive expert. Let’s face it, automotive technology and mechanics evolves incredibly quickly, and sometimes it can be hard to keep up with it all. So we expect that people might have a question or two for us when they’re exploring our inventory of new Honda vehicles for sale. One questions we get all the time is this: “What’s the difference between a crossover and an SUV?” We’re more than happy to explain.

What is a Crossover?

Crossovers at a glance:

  • Unibody design
  • Based on a car platform
  • Example: Honda HR-V

There are a handful of differences between these two types of vehicles, but the primary one is that crossovers have a unibody design. This means that the frame and body of the vehicle form a single cohesive piece.

Crossovers are engineered this way to allow them to handle smoothly and easily, much like a sedan. So if you’re used to driving a midsize car but are looking for something different, a crossover might just be right for you. Our sales team recommends you check out the 2018 Honda HR-V. It’s perfect for drivers who spend a lot of time commuting in the city or on the interstate, but it also comes with a lot of great safety features that makes it ideal for families.

What is an SUV?

Alternatively, sport utility vehicles are modeled after the chassis structure of a truck. The frame of an SUV is forged from two separate pieces, not one like the crossover. This two-piece architecture makes the vehicle especially durable and rugged.

SUVs at a glance:

  • Body-on-frame design
  • Based on a truck chassis
  • Example: Honda Pilot

As a result, SUVs are very popular with drivers who enjoy off-roading, as well as folks who need to drive on rough terrain. So if you find yourself exploring rural country roads and other less-traveled destinations, you might consider getting an SUV. We are fans of the 2018 Honda Pilot. This SUV fits large families comfortably, and it has plenty of cargo room, too.

Comparing Honda Crossovers and SUVs

No matter whether you choose a Honda crossover or SUV, one thing is for certain: it will be a thrill to drive. The best way to decide which vehicle is right for you is to take it for a test drive, however. So come to Keyes Honda today. We’re located at 5355 Van Nuys Boulevard just outside of San Fernando, CA.