Crossover Vs. Hybrid

by Gregory Hamel

Hybrid cars are vehicles that use two different power sources, such as gasoline and an internal battery. Crossover cars are unibody vehicles (the body supports itself instead of being supported by an internal frame or chassis) usually built with the same basic internal design as a car, but which have certain characteristics in common with SUVs.

Purpose

Hybrid cars are built with technology that allows the car to achieve better gas mileage. Crossover vehicles tend to drive like normal cars but have additional features often found in SUVs, such as taller seats, all-wheel-drive and higher road clearance, which some consumers find desirable.

Benefits

Hybrid cars tend to cost less money to drive since they can go further on less fuel. Crossover vehicles often get better gas mileage than full SUVs but carry some of the same attractive stylistic and utility features.

Types

Popular hybrid car models include the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid. Examples of crossover vehicles are Honda CR-V, Chevy Equinox and GMC Acadia.

Size

Hybrid technology can be incorporated into vehicles of all types, from small cars to full-sized trucks. Since crossover vehicles are usually built on car platforms (a set of basic design standards for areas such as the under body, floor plan and suspension) they are typically smaller than full-sized trucks and SUVs.

Considerations

Hybrid and crossover are not mutually exclusive attributes for vehicles: A car could be both a hybrid and a crossover vehicle, such as the Ford Escape Hybrid.

About the Author

Gregory Hamel has been a writer since September 2008 and has also authored three novels. He has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from St. Olaf College. Hamel maintains a blog focused on massive open online courses and computer programming.