This term “crossover SUV” gets thrown around a lot. Mainly because the crossover SUV continues to reign as the most popular vehicle segment on the market today. But what is it exactly and how does it compare to the traditional SUV? Is the 2017 Toyota RAV4 an example of a true crossover SUV?
When is a vehicle a crossover SUV?
Yes, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is a a true crossover SUV. So what makes this vehicle segment so popular? Crossover SUVs are known for having great fuel economy ratings and plenty of cargo space. This is primarily because of the type of platform it’s built on. Compared to traditional SUVs, crossover SUVs use a unibody platform design. It’s actually the same type of platform that cars use. The body and frame of the vehicle is build together as a single structure. Thanks to modern technology, unibody vehicles are being built lighter than ever.
Read More: Is it cheaper to change your own oil?The traditional crossover SUV on the other hand uses a body-on-frame design. It’s the same type of design used for heavy-duty trucks. It’s heavier, but it’s also stronger. That’s why SUVs have more towing capacity, the option of all-wheel-drive and do well in off-road situations. In fact, some SUVs are built specifically for off-roading. Inside the cabin, there is plenty of cargo space and room for passengers.
Read More: What are the features of the 2017 Toyota RAV4?There you have it. SUVs use a truck platform and crossover SUVs use a car platform. Both have individual strengths and weaknesses. Which is right for you? Consider the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV, 4Runner SUV, Sequoia SUV or RAV4 crossover today, all of which are now available at Fox Toyota. Stop by and see us today!