At Jay Hatfield Ford, you’ll find a wide range of crossovers and sport utility vehicles (SUV), all part of the diverse model family built by Ford Motor Company. With the popularity of these vehicles at an all-time high, it’s natural to question just what separates a crossover from an SUV. Let’s take a look.

The biggest difference is in how these vehicles are built. A traditional SUV is engineered with a body-on-frame approach, just like a truck. This means that the vehicle’s main structure (the body) is built separately and then attached to a steel underbody structure (the frame). A good example of a traditional Ford SUV is the Ford Expedition, whose spacious cabin, powerful engine, and ability to handle rugged terrain make it a terrific choice for families and outdoorsmen.

On the other hand, a crossover is engineered more like a car, using what’s called a unibody solution. As the name implies, a unibody vehicle is a complete structure that includes both the body and the frame. At our local Ford dealership, a Ford Explorer near Neosho, MO is representative of a crossover. Interestingly, the Ford Explorer was for its first two decades of existence a traditional SUV, until Ford Motor Company opted for a different approach and gave this living legend a more car-like feel.

Though crossovers lack the size, ruggedness, and raw power of an SUV, they are more agile, quicker, and highly customizable. Also, they come in a variety of sizes: subcompact, compact, and three-row. Plus, crossovers typically get better gas mileage than SUVs, and they offer a sleek, more sedan-like profile.

Bring your family to our Ford dealer serving Carthage, MO, test drive our best crossovers and SUVs, and decide which body style suits you best!