The Difference Between a Crossover and SUV at Berkshire Mazda in Pittsfield, MA

At Berkshire Mazda, we don’t expect all of our potential car buyers to be automotive experts. Because modern automotive technology is evolving at such a rapid pace, it can be incredibly difficult to keep up with it all. As a result, our friendly Mazda dealers are more than happy to answer any questions you might have as you shop our new Mazda cars . One of the questions we receive relatively frequently is “What’s the difference between an SUV and a crossover?” There are several key differences to keep in mind.

What is a Crossover?

The defining characteristic of a crossover, or CUV, is that it has a unibody design. In other words, the frame and body of the vehicle form a single cohesive piece. CUVs are engineered like this to improve their handling, making the CUV driving experience very similar to that of a sedan. When we meet customers who currently drive sedans but are considering upgrading to something larger, we usually recommend they test drive a crossover. We have several crossover models at Berkshire Mazda, too. Check out the Mazda CX-3 if you want a compact crossover that’s easy to maneuver through urban environments. Or, if you’d prefer a crossover with more cargo space and passenger volume, we recommend the Mazda CX-9 . Both Mazda models also come standard with plenty of great safety features, so they’re ideal family vehicles.

What is an SUV?

Alternatively, sport utility vehicles, or SUVs, are closer to trucks. Their chassis structure was inspired by a typical pickup, and their frame is forged from two separate pieces, rather than one. All of this combines to create a vehicle that's exceptionally durable and rugged. This makes SUVs great for people who enjoy off-roading or exploring rural terrain. It’s also a good option for drivers who need to tow heavy loads but don’t particularly want a pickup.

Comparing Crossovers and SUVs

If you’d like to learn more about the differences between crossovers and SUVs, visit our Pittsfield, MA Mazda dealership . Our team of Mazda dealers have experience with everything on our lot, and we’d be happy to help you comparison shop. We’d also be thrilled to get you behind the wheel of one of our sporty Mazda crossovers if you’d like a test drive.

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