November 15th, 2022 by
Both crossovers and SUVs are popular among locals, sharing many similarities that make them perfect for active families. Higher ground clearance gives drivers a better view of the road ahead, with roomy interiors to accommodate cargo and crew.

While some drivers use the terms interchangeably, there are some key differences between crossovers and SUVs. The most noteworthy involves the vehicles’ design and construction. Read on to learn more, and to find out which type of vehicle is the right fit for your family! Then, stop by Parks Chevrolet Huntersville for a test drive!

SUVs parked in a line


A crossover vehicle’s unibody construction is similar to a full-size sedan’s, with the body and frame considered to be a single unit. Crossovers are also closer in size to a sedan, which is why they’re a popular pick of smaller families who don’t require the extra seating that a larger SUV provides.

Despite their unibody design, many crossovers boast the sporty exterior styling of an SUV. But while they may appear to be reminiscent of their larger siblings, crossovers are more practical for everyday, on-road driving.

Crossovers typically come with front-wheel drive, making them less equipped to tackle rough terrain. All-wheel drive may be available, depending on model, so be sure to ask a member of our sales staff.

Many small to mid-sized crossovers also come with turbocharged engines, often providing a peppier ride than bulkier SUVs. The downside is that crossovers are not made for towing, so if your weekend plans involve a boat or camper, you’ll need an SUV to haul it.

Fuel Economy 
Because of their smaller size and lower weight, most crossovers boast a much better fuel efficiency than gas-powered SUVs.

Chevy Crossovers
Ready to get behind the wheel? Check out these Chevy crossover models for sale near Huntersville:

  • Chevrolet Trax 
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Chevrolet Trailblazer


Due to their larger size and increased weight, SUVs feature a body-on-frame construction, with the body and frame as two separate pieces. The suspension and wheels are attached to the frame, with the engine resting on top. The body is then mounted to the frame, providing the durability needed for rugged, off-roading SUVs.

Built for bigger families, SUVs provide more space for passengers and all their gear. While compact SUVs do not, midsize SUVs and full-size models even feature roomy, third-row seating!   

An SUV’s body-on-frame construction provides enhanced suspension for a smooth ride and the strength for towing and hauling – and venturing off the beaten path! These adventure-ready models come standard with beefier V6 or V8 engines, and often have 4×4 systems in place to handle even the toughest terrains.

Fuel Economy 
You’ll have to pay for this more power-packed performance though, with SUVs not nearly as fuel efficient as crossovers. 

Chevy SUVs
Looking for a Chevy SUV the whole family will love? Check out these dependable and stylish SUVs for sale in Huntersville! 

  • Chevrolet Blazer
  • Chevrolet Traverse 
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Chevrolet Suburban 


The best way to find the right companion for your daily commute and weekend adventures is to take a test drive! There’s just something about getting behind the wheel – and one test drive will prove it! Shop our huge selection of Chevy crossovers and SUVs, then stop by today!

Here at Parks Chevrolet Huntersville, our qualified, friendly sales staff is here to help each step of the way, so don’t hesitate to ask about your vehicle’s available tech and safety features, capabilities, and more. Our team knows our inventory inside and out, and we can’t wait to help you find a family-friendly vehicle that meets each of your unique needs.

As your trusted Chevy dealership near Charlotte, we’re proud to serve drivers throughout Mecklenburg County, Concord, Gastonia, and beyond! Come see us today!

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