Crossovers explained

Have you ever wondered what a crossover is? Is it an SUV or a high-riding wagon – or a four-wheel drive? It is two – or possibly more – all in one.

Sports utility vehicles or SUVs originally brought the crossover category into the automotive industry – from the Subaru Outback and the Volvo Cross Country, the earliest SUVs were considered as crossing over from one category to another.

Today, a variety of vehicles fall into the crossover category – ranging between the SUV and the family sedan.

Crossovers have a variety of benefits that have seen this category grow quickly – these include:

Fuel economy

Crossovers provide a lighter frame, compared to SUVs, meaning better fuel economy.

Passenger capacity

Crossovers are starting to compete directly with SUVs when it comes to passenger capacity – with some varieties offering optional seven-passenger seating.

Cargo room

While each car will differ in their cargo space – and can even become confusing – crossovers normally offer the ability to fold down rear seats or change the interior configuration.

Crossovers do come with a few downsides – when compared to SUVs, they do not provide heavy duty towing and cargo capabilities. Rugged off-roading is one of the compromises you will be making when buying a crossover. 

Crossovers are right for you if you’d like a car that higher ground clearance than sedans, or if you’d like more cargo space. If you are looking for a perfect way to access those out of the way picnic or fishing spots – that a normal passenger car or sedan can't reach – then a crossover is for you.