Have you ever been shopping for a new family vehicle and found yourself confused about what makes a crossover different from an SUV? The answer is really quite simple. Here’s how to tell the difference between crossovers and SUVs.

By definition, a crossover’s build is based on a “unibody” design. This means that, like all sedans that have the same structure, the body and frame are one piece. SUVs, however, use a separately constructed body and frame on a truck chassis. Assembling the two halves creates what is known as a “body-on-frame” design.

The body-on-frame technique dates all the way back to the assembly of the Ford Model T. The same design style is used today on Ford’s trucks and SUVs because of its ability to withstand twisting and contortion far better than the crossover’s unibody frame. SUVs with body-on-frame construction like the F-150 and Expedition are also better for towing than their unibody counterparts, and are favored among off-road enthusiasts for their durability.

While not as structurally strong, the unibody design results in better fuel economy and allows for more interior room for passengers and cargo. Vehicles with unibody construction like the EcoSport and Escape also tend to be safer than body-on-frame vehicles due to specially engineered “crumple zones.” Due to this, however, damage in accidents tend to be a little more extreme in unibody designs.

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