As the roads become ever more dominated by larger crossovers and SUVs, it may become difficult to truly understand the difference between these two elevated body styles. While the new Volvo lineup features both, understanding the difference can help you truly understand which vehicle is for you.

Defining a Crossover

When you think of a crossover, think about it as something of a cross between an SUV and a sedan. Most crossovers sit on sedan architecture, meaning they have slightly smaller footprints and a lower ride height than a typical SUV. This means that crossovers are both more comfortable and more nimble than their SUV counterparts, but also lack some capability for hauling and towing.

Defining an SUV

SUVs on the other hand, are built more like trucks, with stronger frame construction for more heavy duty applications, and an elevated ride height that allows for more suspension travel. This is important for off-road driving, but it also means you can tow heavier loads without bottoming out the suspension.

Applying This to the Volvo Lineup

So now you’re probably wondering which Volvo models are crossovers and which are SUVs.

The Volvo V90 Cross Country and Volvo V60 Cross Country are both considered crossovers because they are built upon the same architecture as the Volvo S90 and Volvo S60 sedans, respectively. Specifically, the Cross Country models venture out of wagon territory because they have special suspension components that elevate the ride height, but the still sit on the original frame of their sedan counterparts.

Meanwhile, the Volvo SUV lineup includes the XC40, XC60, and XC90, and the impressive towing capacity is a clear indication of their status. The smaller models can both tow up to 3,500 pounds, while the XC90 offers up to 5,00 pounds of towing capacity to work with.

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