Compact | Crossover SUVs
Crossovers are hybrids within the SUV category and share some similarities with sedans. Some characteristics of crossovers are larger fuel economy, spacious interiors, and softer suspension. Four-wheel drive and off-roading capabilities are often not available with crossovers as they are more suited for commuting and city travel. These vehicles are built on unibody frames just like sedans are made. Outside of the United States, a crossover is referred to as Compact SUVs or C segments vehicles. Since 2010, the demand for crossovers has increased due to their features and capabilities suited for modern middle-class life.
Compact SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicle) are a sub-category of the SUV class between a mid/full-size SUV and a mini SUV. An SUV is a versatile vehicle class that combines off-road capabilities and configurations that often come with 5-person seating, four-wheel drive, raised ground clearance, and large cargo space. Compact SUVs are ideal for families starting out or for someone needing more practicality in their vehicle. Introduced in 1983, GMC (General Motors Company) released the first SUV in its class in North America. Outside of North America compact SUVs are known as B-segment vehicles.