The term crossover, coming from crossover cars is not at all technical. Its origins lie in a more commercial background. Wall Street Journal and CNN were responsible for coining the term “crossover” and they ensured the popularity of the term. Other names used for the crossover cars are CUV or XUV. These cars perform like your normal passenger vehicles and give similar fuel mileage. The advantage is that they look and feel like an SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) which is fantastic. The crossover vehicles provide you with plenty of leg room along with comfortable seating arrangements. They handle easily and provide a smooth ride on any road. All the top names like BMW, Mazda, Lexus, Mercedes, Ford, Honda and Volkswagen are involved in making crossover cars. Styling is not a big issue generally with crossovers but might be for some people. The additional mileage is definitely useful and the efficient use of gas contributes to the popularity of crossover cars.
The crossover cars are built on a chassis similar to a car and have a body that is similar to an SUV – this is referred to as a truck chassis. This associates the crossovers more to the trucks than SUVs despite their station wagon-like appearance. These cars normally use FWD and have either 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engine instead of the V8 engines found in SUVs. The ride offered is similar to a car and the lower curb weight improves the gas economy of the crossover car, which is unusual in conventional SUVs. These cars normally cost less than SUVs and are easier to make. The lower development cost is usually reflected in the MRP of these crossover cars and makes them more attractive to buyers. The only negatives could be a low towing capacity and limited off-road capabilities.
The Edge is an affordable midsize crossover car that comes with a new 4-cylinder Ecoboost engine. The new model provides excellent fuel economy and it is fun to handle. The vehicle already had superb high-tech interiors and now it comes with attractive curvy exteriors. The Edge will provide an excellent family performance but it is not intended for high speeds. This crossover car seats five passengers in a two-row seating. It offers a good fuel economy of 30 mpg.
The Hyundai Tucson is another affordable crossover compact car that comes at around $20,000. This crossover car does not offer great cargo space or a powerful engine; however, it is a decent vehicle considering the price. The base price equips the Tucson with facilities like stereos, air conditioning and USB port. You can also add Bluetooth, leather seating, navigation and sun-roof for a few 1000 dollars extra. Although this crossover car is incapable of competing with its rivals in terms of engine power and interior space, it provides plenty of features, a good-looking cabin and sporty handling at a lower price. This is the vehicle to go for if you are looking for a small crossover car.