At Jaguar Northfield, we’ve noticed that a lot of drivers are looking for spacious crossovers and SUVs lately. If you’re one of them, you may not have realized that SUVs and crossovers are actually quite different. Learning the differences can help you decide which model is a better fit for you and your family.

We know that things can get confusing, because it seems like the terms SUV and crossover are often used interchangeably. Some models, like the 2018 Jaguar F-PACE, are even referred to as crossover SUVs in some cases. There are some key differences in how these types of models are built though.

The first major difference is the platform. A crossover is built with a “unibody” construction, which is what cars utilize. This makes them lighter and more fuel efficient than the typical SUV.

SUVs, on the other hand, generally share a platform with trucks, a body-on-frame design. In this case, the body and frame are manufactured separately and put together later, whereas a crossover’s construction is all one piece. SUVs are well-known for being able to haul and tow more than the average crossover, and they’re often better suited for off-roading.

That being said, a bigger vehicle isn’t necessarily an SUV by the traditional definition. There are plenty of three-row crossovers available on the market right now.

We carry several models that fall into these categories, such as the Jaguar E-PACE, Jaguar F-PACE, and the Jaguar I-PACE.

If you’re looking for a stylish new Jaguar to call your own, make our Chicagoland Jaguar dealership your first stop. We have the capable new and pre-owned vehicles that you’re looking for. We hope to see you soon!