Here at your home for used and new Ford vehicles, you’ve probably heard us talk a lot about crossovers and SUVs. In fact, you may have heard us use both names for some of our most popular models, like the 2018 Ford Escape. Many drivers and car buyers often use the terms interchangeably. But many of you may also wonder – what really is the difference between an SUV and a crossover? Well, here at Dean Arbour Ford of Alpena, we’re happy to shed some light on the issue.

There’s one big difference between an SUV and a crossover. It’s all about the foundation of the vehicle: the frame. A true SUV is built using the same chassis as a truck, while a crossover starts with a more traditional car platform. A truck or SUV starts with a frame, and then the body is added later, while with a car or crossover, the frame and body are all one piece.

While that seems pretty simple, it’s sometimes harder to see the difference if you don’t know all the details of how a vehicle was built. But the good news is, it doesn’t matter! The terms are so commonly interchangeable that even if you refer to a 2018 Ford Explorer, technically a crossover, as an SUV, and driver, dealer, or mechanic will know what you mean.

So don’t sweat the small stuff – just figure out what you and your family want, and our dealers will take it from there, whether it’s a true SUV like the 2018 Ford Expedition or a popular crossover like the 2018 Ford Edge. Drivers who want a comfortable, powerful, and versatile family vehicle can find a great selection of SUVs and crossovers right here at Dean Arbour Ford of Alpena.