Browsing our inventory of new Toyota carsand used cars for sale near Winchester, KY for your next vehicle? Our experts at Toyota South are proud to offer exceptional buying options for all types of needs and preferences. If you are looking for something a bit more spacious than the average car, your search has likely led you to our selection of crossover vehicles and SUVs. Many of our customers ask us about the difference between these two categories. Learn more about how our Toyota dealers differentiate crossovers and SUVs.

What is a Crossover?

Have you heard the term ‘crossover’ used to describe what you believed to be a standard SUV? This confusion may exist because, often times, crossovers are described as SUVs. However, despite their similarities, there are key differences between each kind of vehicle. What are the characteristics of a crossover? When these vehicles are built, they are based on the platform of a car instead of a larger vehicle like a truck. While they offer more space, more power, and more rugged features than the average car, they retain many of the same features of a car. One of these key characteristics is fuel efficiency. An example of a crossover that you can find here at Toyota South is the 2018 Toyota RAV4.

What is an SUV?

The defining characteristic of an SUV is that its build is based on the platform of a truck. SUVs share many of the same powerful features found on trucks, such as all-wheel drive and impressive towing capacity. One Toyota SUV for sale at our dealership that is considered to be an SUV is the spacious and durable Toyota Highlander.

Comparing Toyota Crossovers and SUVs

When is it best to buy a crossover and when is it best to buy an SUV? If you simply need a bit more space than a standard car, but want the fuel efficiency and drivability of a car, a crossover is the perfect choice. If, however, you plan to use your vehicle for towing, or crossing rough terrain, an SUV could be the best choice for you.

Want to take a test drive in some of the new Toyota vehicles on our lot? Speak with one of our Richmond Toyota dealers to begin the process of finding your next vehicle!