At Acura by Executive, we’ve noticed that more drivers are looking for SUVs and crossovers lately. But did you know that there’s actually some big differences between SUVs and crossovers? Some drivers, and even dealerships, might use these terms interchangeably. We’re here to show you how they’re different.

The term SUV is generally just used as a broad term to cover all larger vehicles, but that’s not necessarily correct. If you’re looking for the difference between SUVs and a crossover like the 2019 Acura RDX, it all comes down to the platform. A crossover is built on the same platform as a car, with a unibody construction. These vehicles are lighter and tend to do better on safety tests, thanks to the crumple zones that this manufacturing method creates. On the other hand, they can be a bit more expensive to repair.

An SUV is built on a platform that a truck would be built on. It generally uses a “body on frame” construction method. The body and frame are built separately and joined together later. This makes for a heavier, durable model. Generally, they’re ideally suited to tougher jobs like towing or going off-road.

Some drivers just think that crossovers are small, and that three-row models must be SUVs. This is actually a common misconception. A model like the 2018 Acura MDX is actually considered a crossover due to how it’s manufactured. So don’t assume anything, and be sure to ask if you have any questions about these capable vehicles!

Whether you’re shopping for a crossover or an SUV, visit our Acura dealership near Wallingford today. Your favorite CT Acura dealers are standing by, ready to help you find the perfect vehicle. We look forward to meeting you!