Why choose between a compact SUV and a midsize SUV?


It’s always a debate when a buyer has to pick between a compact or midsize SUV. The buyer could potentially end up with an SUV that is beyond their measure or way too small for their needs if they fail to understand or acknowledge the differences between the two categories of cars, however subtle the differences.

  • Size: The primary difference that buyers see between a midsize SUV and a crossover is their size meaning both the exterior make and the interior leg room. A crossover is perfect for someone who wants the elegance of a sedan and the power performance of an SUV. On the contrary, the midsize SUVs are more towards space and little less towards design. While the former is suitable for five people to travel comfortably together, the latter is for larger groups and more family friendly with multiple kids.
    Another size quotient in these two categories is the boot space. The midsize SUVs have larger room and can fit in equipment easily, but the crossovers are fit for cargo haul and towing. If a family takes road trips quite often and needs an exclusive car for chartering people with loads of luggage, then the midsize SUV would be a glove fit. On the other hand, for individuals who want a compact family car, a little tower, and a sporty performer, then the compact SUV’s win.

Two other factors that create a subtle difference are:

  • Seating rows: Midsize SUVs have two to three-row builds while the compact ones have only two rows. This seating arrangement would be an influencing factor depending on how often large groups of people would be traveling in these cars.
  • Cost efficiency: While the midsize SUVs are all about the size and boot space, the compact ones are winners in the cost savings and fuel efficiency category. In terms of overall cost, the latter definitely costs a few thousand dollars fewer. As for the fuel efficiency, surveys have shown that 15 to 20 per cent savings can be had on a crossover’s mileage as compared to its SUV counterparts.