Crossover facts for kids
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. CUVs mix the some of the features of SUVs and station wagons or hatchbacks. They frequently use unibody construction typical of many cars. 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 Santa Fe. Crossovers have begun to replace minivans (a market that's been dwindling in the U.S. since 2005), as well as compact and mid-sized SUVS.
CUVs have three advantages over SUVs:
- CUVs are often lighter than SUVs and offer better fuel efficiency.
- 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.
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