Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you probably been exposed to SUV hate. That’s where someone in some smaller, more insignificant and less cooler car pulls alongside, honks (because otherwise you’d never see the little guy) and when you look over (or down, as the case may be) flips you off. Then speeds away, in case you crush him and his Prius under your mighty wheels.
Sad, all the haters in the world, isn’t it?
This is why the crossover was invented, to help those who want to drive an SUV, but don’t want to look like they’re driving an SUV. This way, they probably won’t get the hate usually reserved for the Hummer or the Escalade.
It’s true, a crossover is basically a small SUV, or a slightly larger car, depending on the make/model. This makes them an up and coming trend in the not only the SUV market, but the entirety of the whole car world. Models like the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Volkswagen Tiguan, Toyota rav4, Mazda CX-9, Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CR-V, the Ford Flex, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and the Acura MDX are proving everyday the popularity and strength of this market.
But what really IS a crossover? A January 2008 Wall Street Journal blog article called crossovers "wagons that look like sport utility vehicles but ride like cars”. That’s pretty close, but we’d go more towards SUV and not really wagons. One staff member thinks they look like SUVs that Dr. Shrinker got mad at, but you have to be of a certain age to understand that one. Most people point to the AMC Eagle as the first SUV, but no matter which was the first, the crossover has expanded to be a significant part of the SUV market.
What are the advantages of the crossover? It’s small and usually (though not always) has better gas mileage than the full SUV. It has a lower profile and is usually easier to park. It also, like we said above, seems to draw a bit less hate from the haters of the world. Less key scratches too.