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2007 Saturn Outlook crossover
the 2009 Dodge Journey crossover

A crossover (CUV) is a marketing term for a vehicle that is built on a car platform. The term was first used in 1996 by Toyota for its new RAV4.[1] CUVs mix the some of the features of SUVs and station wagons or hatchbacks. They frequently use unibody construction typical of many cars.[2] A crossover usually uses light-duty all-wheel drive. Unlike SUVS (which are usually Four-wheel drive) crossovers are generally capable of only light off-road use. Examples of crossovers include Ford Explorer and Hyundai SantaFe.

Advantages[change | change source]

CUVs have three advantages over SUVs:

  • CUVs are often lighter than SUVs and offer better fuel efficiency.[2]
  • CUVs are lower to the ground than SUVs, are safer and have better road handling.
  • CUVs, many based on economy cars, cost less to make.

References[change | change source]

  1. Encyclopedia of Transportation: Social Science and Policy, ed. Mark Garrett (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2014), p. 1253
  2. 2.0 2.1 John Heitmann, The Automobile and American Life (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2009), p. 191

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