How Different are Kia Crossovers and SUVs?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Brand, Kia Niro, Kia Seltos, Kia Sorento, Kia Soul, Kia Sportage, Kia Telluride on Monday, June 15th, 2020 at 5:51 pm
Green 2020 Kia Soul, Red 2020 Kia Niro, and green 2020 Kia Telluride

Kia Crossovers vs SUVs 

When it comes to vehicle classifications, the lines between model groups can get fuzzy. With titles such as crossover, subcompact crossover, SUV, full-size SUV, and mid-size SUV, how can you tell what is what? The Kia brand offers six different crossover and SUV models in its lineup and some shoppers at Friendly Kia have wondered how different Kia crossovers and SUVs are.  

In this guide we are going to break down the differences between Kia crossovers and SUVs to help shoppers around Tampa Bay find the Kia vehicle that is right for them. So, whether you’re set on a mid-size SUV or a subcompact crossover, let’s see what those titles really get you when you shop at Friendly Kia.  

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SUVs vs Crossovers 

To put it simply, the difference between traditional SUVs and crossovers comes down to their platforms. An SUV is based on a truck’s platform and utilizes a body-on-frame construction. Crossovers, on the other hand, are based on a car’s platform and use a unibody construction. 

2020 Kia Crossover and SUV Classification 

What’s Different? Kia Crossovers vs SUVs 

There are a few key differences when it comes to choosing between a crossover and an SUV. When shoppers choose an SUV they will be getting a vehicle that offers more rugged utility thanks to its truck-based platform. Crossover models will offer better agility and maneuverability on the road along with increased fuel efficiency.  

Due to their larger frame, an SUV will provide drivers with more cargo space and a roomier cabin. Many crossovers still offer ample amounts of cargo space, but the focus in these vehicles is most often on providing a comfortable passenger experience.  

Looking from the smallest Kia crossover to the largest Kia SUV there is quite a jump in terms of size. The 2020 Kia Soul offers 102.2 cubic feet of passenger volume and 24.2 cubic feet of standard cargo space, while the 2020 Kia Telluride is equipped with a massive 178.1 cubic feet of passenger space and 21 cubic feet of cargo space that can expand up to 87 cubic feet. Both vehicles offer plenty of space for both passengers and cargo, and the decision between the two comes down to personal needs and preferences.  

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Find a New Crossover or SUV at Friendly Kia in Tampa Bay 

When choosing between a Kia crossover and a Kia SUV, it all comes down to what will fit you and your driving style best. At Friendly Kia we offer every Kia crossover and SUV model, so you are sure to find your fit at our Tampa Bay-area dealership. Visit the Friendly Kia inventory to view our current lineup of in-stock Kia models or contact a member of our team today with any questions.  

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