We Answer the BIG Question: SUV or CUV — What's the Difference?

By: Hilltop Toyota   |   18 Sep 2017   |   Leave A Comment
CUV and SUV

There has never been a bigger selection of makes and models of vehicles to choose from. If you’re shopping for a new or used vehicle, you’re bound to find the ideal car, truck, van, or SUV if you take the time to do a little hunting. Automakers don’t make it easy on you, though. Sure you have a massive selection of vehicles, but what’s with all the weird vehicle types? What makes a vehicle a CUV instead of an SUV? Why are minivans not all that mini?

 

Here at Hilltop Toyota, we like to make life simple for our loyal customers. So, before you start shopping for your next new or pre-owned vehicle, read our handy guide first.

 

SUV

 

SUV

Just over a decade ago, it was pretty easy to spot a sport utility vehicle (SUV). Back then, most SUVs were big, boxy, and not overly appealing. Most manufacturers offer a range of vehicles that fall under the SUV flag. The problem is, not all manufacturers use the same definition. For the general public, consider an SUV a larger vehicle that is enclosed, can seat 5 or more passengers, sits higher than most cars and vans, and generally has a truck-like front end that protrudes out in front of the vehicle (unlike most vans). The Toyota 4Runner is the perfect example of a capable SUV.

 

CUV

CUV

Crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) have become incredibly popular over the past five years or so. A small SUV and a regular CUV are often considered the same thing and the definition really depends on the manufacturer. Generally speaking, CUVs tend to seat five passengers, offer more cargo space than your average hatchback, and sits a bit higher than the average car. The goal of the CUV is to deliver a versatile vehicle that is still a reasonable size and fuel efficient. CUVs often have AWD, but for people in need of a rugged vehicle that can tow heavy loads, you’re likely better off with a truck or SUV.

 

C-HR

C-HR

Toyota had to go confuse us with their 2018 Coupe High-Rider (C-HR). A truly unique design, the C-HR dances on the line between a car and a CUV. As the name suggests the C-HR is a 4-door vehicle with a back hatch, but it’s far from your average hatchback. It has a backend that is lifted slightly higher than the front end, giving it a stance all its own. Words don’t do this awesome design justice, so you’ll have to come experience it for yourself.

 

Van

Van or Minivan?

This one isn’t that complicated. Vans, for the longest time, were big vehicles with open cargo areas in the back that allowed them to transport just about anything. That trend continued over the years, and even vans designed to transport people were still big and bulky. In the 1980s what were eventually deemed ‘minivans’ caught on in North America. Despite the name, they aren’t that small. Generally minivans have aerodynamic exteriors with comfortable interiors with a “people-first” design. Rather than think of them as mini, think of them as capable and comfortable people movers.


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