How to distinguish between an SUV and CUV

How are CUV and Crossover similar and different? ......

How to distinguish between an SUV and CUV 1

Mercedes-Benz M-Class (above) is a SUV and Acura MDX (below) is a CUV.


Currently, I see many vehicles appear to be called CUV or Crossover, please helps explain the similarities and differences between the two vehicles. What is the difference most recognizable?


Crossover SUV (also called CUV - Crossover Utility Vehicle) is designed to look like an SUV but smaller, and with lower chassis. Normally CUV structured by monolithic body with chassis and drivetrain, and also designed for fuel saving. Some names could ve indetified as CUV: Toyota RAV4, Volvo XC90, Acura MDX. Mercedes-Benz also marketed CUV cars designed based on the C-Class chassis in 2008.

According to the classification of EuroNCAP, crossover or CUV called small-terrain vehicles.

CUV concept is used to distinguish SUV - classified by EuroNCAP as large terrain vehicles. SUV is more familiar with the the world with models like Mitsubishi Pajero, Toyota Land Cruiser, Mercedes-Benz M-Class. SUVs 4WD can run on a variety of terrains, and equiped with high suspension system. High central of graivity is the disadvantage of this type of vehicle, makes it as easy to get rolling when facing unfortunate accident. Because of larger design, SUV should also use more fuel.

Unlike CUV, many SUV has more independent body structure with chassis and drivetrain, this feature is similar to trucks and buses.

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV and Acura MDX CUV
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Updated: Jul 16, 2014
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