Here at O’Brien Nissan of Bloomington, we’ve noticed that larger vehicles, like crossovers and SUVs, have become more popular lately. We’ve also noticed that some people may not realize that there are actually some big differences between crossovers and SUVs. So if you’re looking for a new vehicle that offers more cargo space, it pays to learn a bit more about these types of models.

The big difference between these vehicles is how they’re built. A Nissan crossover is manufactured on the same platform as Nissan cars. An SUV is built on a platform that would also be used by a truck. If you think about SUVs and crossovers, this actually makes a lot of sense. A crossover is designed to deliver the efficiency of a car with extra cargo space and interior room. An SUV is designed for tougher applications, much like the ones that a truck would take on.

A crossover is also built with a “unibody” construction. Simply put, this means that the body and frame are built together as one structure. This results in a lighter vehicle that comes with “crumple zones” that can keep occupants safer in a collision. An SUV is built using “body on frame” construction, meaning that the body and frame are manufactured individually and then joined together.

There are actually very few SUVs left on the market that fit this definition and use body on frame construction. One of them is the 2018 Nissan Armada, a rugged Nissan SUV that can handle just about anything. Now you know the difference, which will make it easier to figure out which Nissan vehicle is right for you.

So when you’re in the market for an SUV or crossover, make our Nissan dealership serving Springfield, IL. Our expert dealers can help you find the perfect vehicle, whether you’re looking for a capable off-road model or a family car. We look forward to helping you!