What is a CUV, and what's the difference between CUVs and SUVs?

CUV can be described as a crossover utility vehicle, also known as a crossover SUV or simply crossing. The name suggests that the vehicle has been stretched across segments.

In contrast to SUVs, CUVs are car-like vehicles. They are unibody designed which means the body structure functions as an anchor point for the car components rather than a traditional frame.

Full meaning of CUV

In the context of this article, CUV is an abbreviation or short form of Crossover Utility Vehicle.

What is a CUV

CUVs are almost the same as Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). However, unlike SUVs, CUVs are less suitable for off-road driving as they are designed for more use on roads.

This is not to say that CUVs are not off-road capable, though. Some CUVs are All-Wheel Drives (AWD) and so they can be driven in muddy and snowy conditions, and they also have the capacity some keep up in some rough terrains.

Difference between CUV and SUV

CUVs are more compact unlike SUVs. They also boast of less power than the Sports Utility Vehicles. Still, some crossovers today are capable of pulling an impressive amount of weight, making them almost equal to lighter SUVs available on the market.

A typical SUV includes a the truck’s floorplan, wheel plans, the foundation as well as suspensions, powertrain and suspensions. This SUV is ideal for off-roading and towing big payloads.

A CUV allows you to get a more smooth and more car-like experience, as well as easy maneuvering, fuel efficiency and comfortable seating for passengers, however, they are smaller for cargo and have a smaller capacity for towing.

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