Why the Crossover is the New King of the SUVs

July 9th, 2014 by

2015 Chevy Traverse

It’s hard to deny that the popularity of the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) has not exploded in the last decade. Families saw the opportunity to stray from the minivan, and they grabbed it. Adventurers who weren’t keen on pickup trucks, had a great option to haul their gear and go anywhere.

In most recent years, fuel prices have soared, and the market opened up an entirely new segment of utility vehicles. They combine great fuel economy, and the flexibility of extra space, and Chevy dealers in Cincinnati are selling them like hot cakes – the Compact Crossovers.

You may have also heard of the smaller SUV vehicles being called CUVs, or Compact Utility Vehicles. Either way, the demand for these types of vehicles has skyrocketed, and Chevrolet is meeting consumer demand with a strong lineup of the compact crossovers, including the Equinox and Trax.

Equinox & Trax: The CUV Difference

As one resident of Beverly Hills Michigan put it, the Chevy Equinox is like a “Multi-tool of vehicles. It fits my family’s needs perfectly, from traveling to our summer cottage, to flipping down the seats to haul cargo, to my daily commute to work. Plus, the fuel economy is great, so I get versatility and value in one package.”

The Equinox can seat five, holds 63.7 cubic feet of cargo, can tow 3,500 pounds, and gets 32 mpg on the highway. The Trax, which will come to the United States market by the beginning of next year, will offer eight different seating arrangements, more than 48 cubic space of cargo capacity, and will come standard with a turbocharged engine.


If an SUV was on your must-have list, but the fuel economy and bulkier exterior did not lend well to your lifestyle, you may find perfect solace in the compact crossover segment. Be sure to check out the Chevy Equinox and the Trax next year to see what they can offer you!