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Crossover: Crossing over the Limitations of SUVs and Wagons

By Patrick Gauer Subscribe to RSS | May 2nd 2012 | Views:
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A typical driver would find it hard to choose among the various sport utility vehicles (SUV) available in the market because of a fixed mindset. People normally assume that SUVs are too much to handle or are too big and bulky for leisurely driving. What most car buyers are looking for is something in between: an SUV-type vehicle with the driving comfort of a city car. In other words, a crossover.

Also known as crossover SUV, a crossover is a combination of a sport utility vehicle and a station wagon or hatchback. Physical, mechanical and aesthetic features of both vehicle types are combined to make this hybrid practical and unique. The chassis supporting a crossover drive train is sufficient to allow high ground clearance, all-wheel drive capability and increased seating capacity. This unibody construction is responsible for hybridizing the features of two largely opposite types of vehicles.

Like a station wagon or hatchback, a crossover is normally designed with a two-box body, providing enough room for shared passenger and a rear access through a third or fifth door from the back. Like a hatchback, a crossover may have a liftgate to easily fit, cover and access luggage from the back of the car. Depending on the length of a crossover and on seating configuration, it can accommodate up to 8 to 12 passengers with the help of foldable chairs.

One of the best examples of a crossover is the Jeep Compass Durham auto dealers and those in other prominent cities across the country offer. This compact crossover SUV was first introduced and distributed in 2007 and has undergone a continuous process of evolution and improvement since then. Just last year, Jeep redesigned this model to resemble Grand Cherokee, which also has a unibody chassis. Because Jeep has a strong reputation for off-road prowess, Jeep Compass has a better off-road capability than any other crossover on the road today.

People loved the fact that the Jeep Compass Durham dealers displayed in their lots had a lower center of gravity that is especially noteworthy because it reduces the chance of rollover accidents. In other words, this vehicle type is safer than a typical SUV.

For more information about crossovers like the Jeep Compass available in Durham auto sales, visit ehow.com. This website provides not just the complete description of a crossover but also the specific steps in choosing one on the market.

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