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What's The Difference Between a Hyundai Crossover and SUV at O'Brien Hyundai of Normal?

At O'Brien Hyundai of Normal, our dealers are used to answering all sorts of questions about the automotive industry. As customers look through our inventory of new Hyundai models, it’s pretty common for them to ask us the difference between certain vehicles. For example, customers often ask us to explain the difference between our Hyundai SUVs and crossovers. These vehicle styles are very similar, so it’s easy to understand the confusion. There are a few key differences, however.


Hyundai Tucson

What is a Crossover?


Crossovers at a glance:

  • Unibody design
  • Based on a car platform
  • Example: Hyundai Tucson


If we had to narrow it down, we’d say that the one defining characteristic of a crossover is its unibody design. Structurally, the frame and body of the crossover form a single cohesive piece, which allows it to handle as smoothly and easily as most sedans. This means that our Hyundai crossovers are excellent options for folks who feel comfortable driving cars but prefer a bit more room and power. Because crossovers handle like cars, they’re also a good vehicle for people who spend most of their drive time on highways and city streets. One of the most popular crossover models at our Normal, IL dealership is the 2018 Hyundai Tucson. This sporty, fuel-efficient crossover comes with a plethora of safety and convenience features, so it’s perfect for growing families.


What is an SUV?

Hyundai Santa Fe

SUVs at a glance:

  • Body-on-frame design
  • Based on a truck chassis
  • Example: Hyundai Santa Fe

SUVs, on the other hand, are modeled after the chassis architecture of a truck. In other words, the body and frame are forged from two separate pieces, not one. This makes Hyundai SUVs incredibly rugged and durable. If you love exploring the great outdoors or traversing country roads, a sport utility vehicle might be your best bet. They’re also great for people who commute on rough terrain or wintry conditions, since SUVs typically comes with all-wheel or four-wheel drive. If you think an SUV would suit your lifestyle, come check out the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe. This vehicle growls with 290 horsepower and can tow 5,000 pounds of cargo.




Comparing Hyundai Crossovers and SUVs


Overall, both crossovers and SUVs are dependable and fun to drive. Of course, the best way to determine which one is right for you is to take them both for a spin! So swing by our Hyundai dealership, which is located at 600 Greenbriar Drive.