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What’s the Difference Between a Crossover vs Sport Utility Vehicle? SUV vs CUV Explained



( ) What’s the Difference Between a Crossover vs Sport Utility Vehicle? SUV vs CUV Explained

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  1. So what would you classify a Jeep Cherokee XJ as? SUV? CUV? It had solid axles, but a unibody. The Wrangler of same years had essentially the same drivetrain & suspension, but was BOF. So if the Cherokee is an SUV, is the current Grand Cherokee an SUV or CUV? It can tow over 7k lbs, but has a unibody, independent suspension, and full time 4WD (RWD bias with xfer case)… The lines are way more blurred than the video presents it as 😉

  2. I am going to try to help everyone out here. This is solely based on memory of what vehicles are currently being sold in the USA. Also, I am leaving Range Rover and Mercedes (like the g-wagen) out because I don't know their construction as I don't care for those companies. I am purposely leaving out variants of the same vehicle (like Tahoe to suburban because it's the same thing just the suburban is a stretched model and also leaving out the Tahoe to Yukon because it's the same thing with different badge) so please don't say I forgot the "luxury" versions of certain brands from Nissan, GM, ford, etc. I'm hoping you all at least can figure out the expedition and navigator are of the same construction. Here we go:
    Chevrolet Tahoe (and variants) solid rear
    Ford Expedition (and variants) independent
    Nissan Armada (and variant) independent
    Toyota Sequoia (and variant) solid rear
    Toyota 4Runner (and variant) solid rear except Lexus version
    Jeep Wrangler – solid rear

    That's all that memory serves but I will edit if I think of others. If the vehicle wasn't mentioned (not referring to LR or Mercedes) then it's technically a CUV.

  3. AWD vs 4WD vs 4×4. If none of them have lockers on, anyone of them can be superior. Should start implementing Diagonal tests on all of them to show if the AWD/4WD/4×4 systems can compensate for the open differentials. My friends 2008 Toyota Highlander 4WD for some reason always gives power to the front driver side tire and the passenger rear tire and neglects to give power to the other tires for some weird situation. Including a flat surfaces.

    I find that the subarus symmetrical AWD and audis Quattro is the best in the AWD spectrum. As for the 4WD if I had to guess it probably would be the Nissan Xterra and Toyota 4 runner. If I had to rank the 4x4s I'd but the wranglers rubicon on the top of the list.

  4. Here are all the body-on-frame SUVs available in the US:

    Cadillac Escalade (& Escalade ESV), Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, GMC Yukon (& Yukon XL), Infiniti QX80, Jeep Wrangler (& Wrangler Unlimited), Land Rover LR4, Lexus GX, Lexus LX, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Nissan Armada, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Land Cruiser, and Toyota Sequoia.

  5. so what about something like a jeep zj? its unibody, only tows 5000 lbs, but is a jeep so 4wd, solid front and rear axles, it'd not as big as most suv's. however chrysler calls it an suv, progressive cals it an suv, most people call it an suv, but with your definition you just put one of the most common most loved and hated suv's in the intermountain west in that gray area. now lets shy away from the Grand Cherokee. what about the wranglers? there considered to be suv's by some right? fix your in generalized nonsense and than make a video defining the two

  6. AWD is not sometimes a four wheel drive as was suggested.
    Because a lot of people are car ignorant.. you will have problems with both types of vehicles been treated as if they were grandma's church sedan.
    Costly transmission problems and tire failures will happen if you don't know what you're doing

  7. Great Video. Very sensible and well done. The Sound Effects were very distracting but not because of the sound itself. It was the VOLUME of the sound effect as compared to the "talking" volume. Listening intently on head phones to Roman and then a clear loud overlaid jingle PIERCES the "conversation". Please tone it down and check with headphones.

  8. Pretty good video except for the terribly misleading explanation of the differences between 4WD and AWD and also the fact that you make crossovers sound as if they are just as capable off road and utility vehicles as SUVs which they aren't anywhere near as capable in any comparison there just larger uglier cars, aka a stupid new way for car companies to rip you off

  9. The difference is one is for men-the other is for women. There's absolutely nothing sporty about either of them and those crossovers are not the most utilitarian considering an early 80's Chevy Malibu Midsize Wagon can out carry and possibly out tow them.

  10. To me, it’s about capability and not construction. The “S” is for “sport” as in activities that include boating, camping, hunting, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, and mountain biking. And the “U” is “utility”. All vehicles have some utility but here it means something more, something like towing a riding lawnmower on a trailer. So, if it sort of looks like a station wagon, can launch a ski boat into a lake or tow a camper to Yellowstone, and can go off road when needed, then I’m willing to call it an SUV. I’ve owned a couple of Chevy Blazer 4X4’s, a GMC Envoy 4X4, and now a Ford Expedition 4WD. And if you are the sort of person who calls your little FWD family grocery hauler an “SUV”, yes, you should know, we are laughing at you.

  11. I agree basically an SUV is a truck while a crossover is a large car I even called them a large hatchback sedan and just as common as Passenger cars

  12. I own a suburban and a bmw x3. Here’s what you really need to know. If you want to do truck stuff, towing, snow plowing, hauling 4×8 sheets, get the SUV, if you want something with a bit more cargo space, and can get through snow, or drive on a beach, or take on some off road trails (think camp road, not off road) the cross over is the better choice. The x3’s full time AWD is better handling in the snow than the sub’s selectable 4×4, but you really really have to do your research on how a awd system works, many are not very useful at all, with 4×4 and a limited slip or locking rear diff like most truck based suv’s it going to pretty good when you need it, and is the only one up to the job of towing someone out, or plowing your yard.

  13. I’ve owned both and on a day to day basis I’ll take a crossover and I’m a hard core guy guy having owned 17 vehicles in only 6 years of driving

  14. Originally Body-On-Frame was the money maker and marketed as toughness, but strategy regrouped under the Unibody structure to emphasize Third Row Seating and the lovable All Wheel Drive system. Crossovers maintained the traditional SUV shape and appeal, especially by including luxury items previously featured on the larger heavier platform. Despite their structural differences, over time the general public would refer to both of these configurations simply as SUV’s.

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