If you’re considering buying a new or used vehicle that offers tons of space and comfort, you might be looking for an SUV or a crossover! These vehicles make great family cars and offer versatile use for anyone, but you’ve probably already wondered: what’s the difference between SUVs and crossovers?

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The big difference starts at the base: crossovers and SUVs are built on different platforms. An SUV is technically built on the platform of a truck, making it hardier and able to tow and haul a larger payload thanks to its truck heritage. A crossover, on the other hand, shares a platform design with big cars, known as a “unibody” platform. As a result, it’s pretty hard to tell the difference between a crossover and an SUV just by looking at them! These different designs offer different feel and function while you’re driving, so it’s good to know which is which when you’re shopping for the perfect vehicle.

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Most SUVs ride on a body-on-frame structure, which gives you the durability and rugged practicality that you’d expect from an SUV like the Jeep Wrangler. SUVs tend to have higher clearance and heftier 4×4 drivetrains, often with low-range options to let you tackle rough terrain or even plow out of deep mud or snow. You’re also more likely to find highly rated towing abilities on a true SUV, although many modern crossovers have the ability as well. Although these rigs tend to ride rougher than their crossover counterparts, they’re tough enough to take on any adventure or job you need.

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The unibody platform that defines a crossover is the same kind of platform that a car drives on, but they still offer the functionality and practicality of an SUV. Crossovers have a lower ride height than SUVs, which makes it easier to enter and exit, plus it’s easier to load up groceries or packages into the back. Their construction also means they generally have more nimble handling and a smoother ride compared to SUVs and trucks. If you’re looking for a practical vehicle to take around town, and primarily won’t need the all-terrain access of a true SUV, then a crossover might be the perfect solution!

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If you have more questions about what kind of SUV or crossover is best for you, come by and check them out for yourself here in Forest Lake, MN! You can take both of these options for a test drive if you want to really see the differences for yourself. You can chat with a member of our sales team to make sure you get all your questions answered, so that you can go home with the perfect SUV or crossover that meets all of your needs! Almost any crossover or SUV you buy here includes a Lifetime Powertrain Warranty as well, so you’ll be covered for as long as you own the vehicle. Come and see us today near North BranchRoseville, and White Bear Lake.

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