What is the difference between a crossover and an SUV?

If you are looking for a vehicle that can haul the whole family or that offers versatile hauling areas in back, you are likely either considering a crossover or an SUV. But, what is the difference? Technically, crossovers are built more like a car with a unibody structure and SUVs are built more like a truck with a body on frame structure. However, in general, most people use the term crossover for a vehicle smaller vehicle with two rows of seating and the term SUV for a larger vehicle with three rows of seating. Which one is right for your family? Keep reading to learn more.

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Crossover vs SUV: Which One is Right For Me?

2018 Toyota RAV4 in red parked on a road in the woods

2018 Toyota Highlander in red parked on an empty street

Choosing between a crossover and an SUV for your next family vehicle is all about size. If you only need the seating space for five or less passengers and have average cargo space needs, we recommend sticking with a more practical crossover. In general, a crossover is going to offer a more affordable starting price tag and better fuel economy scores, so you can save money throughout the whole lifespan of the vehicle. If you do need seating for more than five passengers on a daily basis and/or have above average hauling needs, then an SUV may be a better fit.

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Toyota Crossover and SUV Lineup

No matter what size vehicle you need for your family, the Toyota crossover and SUV lineups are sure to have something that fits your needs. At Ackerman Toyota in St. Louis, car shoppers can find new and used Toyota RAV4, Toyota C-HR, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Highlander, and Toyota Sequoia models available for test drive and purchase. Bring the whole family down to the dealership and climb inside whichever models catch your eye to see if they offer the space you need. If you already know which Toyota model you are looking for, browse our online inventory to see which configurations are currently in stock.