So what is a 'crossover' anyway? And
what makes it different from an SUV? Well,
the book says a crossover is built on a car chassis while an SUV
is built on a truck chassis - although that's not strictly true; there
are plenty of vehicles out there that people call SUV's but are actually
practical purposes, then, let's look at it this way: a crossover is a
station wagon with more headroom and a better view out the windshield…
or an SUV with a little
less heft, a lot more style and performance and better fuel economy.
A little crossover history lesson: the history books say that the first crossover was probably the Willys-Overland Jeepster back in 1947. And
you could make the case that the AMC Eagle, introduced in 1979 was the next evolutionary step. But everyone
agrees that the modern crossover was pioneered by the BMW X6.
Practically every manufacturer these days offers at least one crossover, but BMW is still the leader in the field with the X1(a),
X4(b) and X6(c).
one is a bit bigger and more powerful than the next, but given that
every BMW is an 'Ultimate Driving Machine,' it's hardly surprising that
they are #1, #2 and #3 on the Kelly Blue
Book list of the top-10 2016 crossovers. And #4 is the BMW X6 M(d),
the 567-horsepower monster in the lineup.
Also not surprisingly, all of them are rated 10.0 out of 10 by the KBB consumer survey.
if you want something bigger than a station wagon (although it should
be said that the BMW 3-Series sport wagon is a stylish, terrific car),
but more stylish than
an SUV (although it should be said that the BMW X5 SUV is the one of the
most popular and best-selling SUV's on the market today), then stop by
Braman BMW West Palm Beach for a test drive and they'll be happy to help you figure out
just how far over you want to cross.