SUVs and crossovers are quite popular right now. You’ve probably heard both terms before, but did you know that they are actually very different vehicles? It’s not as simple as crossovers being smaller and SUVs being larger, which seems to be the common misconception. Fortunately, you have the experts here at Mercedes-Benz of Orange Park ready to explain the difference and help you find your next luxury vehicle.

It’s really all about the platform. A crossover like the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 is built on the same platform as a car. It uses a unibody construction, meaning the frame and body are manufactured as one unit. This results in a vehicle that’s roomy on the inside and equipped with “crumple zones” that can better protect occupants in an accident.

An SUV is built on a truck platform, which uses a body-on-frame design. This means that the body and frame are built separately and joined together later in the manufacturing process. Not many vehicles are actually built that way these days; one of the few is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. A body-on-frame SUV might be more ideal for drivers who often tow who like to go off-road. We hope this makes it a little bit easier to decide what kind of model best suits your driving needs!

When you’re looking for luxury in a slightly bigger package, visit our Mercedes-Benz dealership near St. Augustine, FL. Whether you’re shopping for a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle or looking for a great deal on a pre-owned luxury model, we’re ready to help. We can’t wait to meet you!