Crossover vs. SUV: Which One Should You Get?

Crossover vs. SUV: Which One Should You Get?

Updated on June 21 2024

The automobile industry has seen so much development over the years. It used to be that Philippine roads were dominated by sedans-- two-door or four-door types. From the old box type cars plying the roads of Metro Manila, we now see different segments with modern technology. One segment that has seen so much development is the sports utility vehicle (SUV) segment.  Developments in the SUV sector has paved the way for a new breed of vehicles called crossovers.

While it gives shoppers more options, it can also create some confusion. SUVs and crossovers are used interchangeably but there is a huge difference between them. In this article, we shall identify these differences and hopefully help you identify the right one for your needs.


SUVs are built on a ladder frame made from reinforced steel for added sturdiness and torsion resistance. Also known as body-on-frame construction, it was the first method for building vehicles. Body-on-frame construction is inspired by horse-drawn carriages. This type of construction helped automakers cut costs by mounting different body designs over the same frame. With this type of construction, SUVs can be excellent for towing.

On the other hand, crossovers use a unibody frame for their base.  With this method, the body, platform, and chassis were combined to form one skeleton that forms the actual shape of the car. Manufacturers use high-strength steel for durability and lightness at the same time. This method was used by automakers more regularly during the 1960s. Thanks to computer-aided designs and innovation

Off-Roading Options

Because of their rigid and durable structure as well as their taller riding height, SUVs are excellent for drivers looking for some thrill. They have huge wheels, extra-strong structures, and heavy-duty suspensions.  Aside from that, SUVs are also better for handling torsion because of their sturdier and heavier ladder frame.

Meanwhile, the unibody frame of crossovers cannot handle high levels of stress even though they have high strength. That is why if you are planning to use it for off-roading, SUVs are the better choice.

Driving Dynamics

SUVs have a higher center of gravity giving them the advantage of more body roll at tight sudden turns. Also, moist SUV models use a multi-mode 4x4 system that gives drivers a choice between 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive. With crossovers, they are more compact and lower which makes them the better choice for handling sharp narrow turns, city traffic, or mountain passes.


In the case of low-speed collisions, SUVs are safer because they don’t easily turn upside down as their crossover counterpart. Also, the post-accident repairs can be simple in most cases. However, during serious accidents, crossovers are safer. They have more crumple zones so its body takes most of the collision force. While crossovers will get destroyed in a high-speed collision, the passengers will suffer less severe injuries.

Which One Should I Buy?

The answer to that question depends on your preference. If you want fuel efficiency and large storage space, crossovers are the best choice. However, if you like off-roading, carry heavy equipment, or bring along tow trailers, and look for truck-like capabilities, SUVs are your best bet.

Either way, we are here to help you out. At Automart.PH, we have a wide selection of second-hand SUVs and crossovers for you to choose from. With our stocks, we are sure that you will find the best option for you that's also within your budget. Should you choose either of these types of vehicle, it will surely be a practical choice.