What is a CUV?

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While shopping for a new vehicle, it's likely that you've come across terms like SUV and crossover (CUV) used to describe vehicles that, at first glance, seem fundamentally similar. You'll often hear these terms used interchangeably by both drivers and automakers, so why use two different terms at all? The truth is that there are key differences between these two body styles, so it might be worth doing a little extra digging to determine whether the vehicle you have your eye on is really an SUV or a crossover.

So, what's the difference between SUVs and crossovers? Here's a quick overview:

SUVs vs. Crossovers

Traditional SUVs use a truck chassis, making them heavier and better suited for heavy lifting. If you want a vehicle that can tow trailers around Providence, the chances are good that you want an SUV. True SUVs also tend to hold up better on rough terrain. So, if you're looking to pack more capability into your ride, you might find the perfect partner in an SUV.

Crossovers, sometimes called CUVs, are far more carlike in their construction. A crossover's body and frame are built in a single piece as opposed to the body-on-frame design that SUVs use. This type of body construction is called unibody, and it makes crossovers lighter and more efficient than SUVs. Of course, even though crossovers aren't quite as rugged as true SUVs, they can still pull their share of weight. Mitsubishi CUVs like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Mitsubishi Outlander offer towing capacities that range from 1,500 to 3,500 pounds.

Other Perks of Driving a Crossover

Crossovers offer a variety of benefits that make them stand out from other vehicles. Some of the top perks to driving a CUV in the Cranston and Warwick areas include:

  • More cargo space and room for passengers
  • Widespread availability of AWD
  • More capability
  • Higher ride height
  • And more!

If you're eager to explore our CUVs for sale near Lincoln and Woonsocket, please visit us to learn more about how you could take advantage of financing offers like no money down car loans. You can buy here and pay here when you shop our inventory, so please feel free to get in touch with us!



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