slow wing wrote:
Homer, great that you are getting to try the Ford Focus EV. Wikipedia says the word "cross-over" is not well defined. It combines some features of SUVs and some of cars.
It seems they are getting more like cars...
We will see very soon what Tesla Motors has in mind as they are making the Model X concept public on 9 February.
It's not well defined, but if you look at many of the vehicles defined as CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicles) they tend to be SUV's that are optimised for onroad driving or Estate cars with increased off-road ability. Neither of these design strategies are particularly good from an aerodyanmic viewpoint.
The broad spectrum of CUVs or crossovers includes:
Mini CUVs: e.g., Fiat Sedici, Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman
Compact CUVs: e.g., Audi Q5, BMW X1, BMW X3, Mahindra XUV500, Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner/Mazda Tribute, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Acura RDX, Volvo XC60, Hyundai Tucson/Kia Sportage, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Land Rover Freelander, Infiniti EX, Skoda Yeti, Subaru Forester, SsangYong Korando, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, Volkswagen Tiguan, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Mid-sized CUVs: e.g., BMW X5/BMW X6, Chevy Equinox/GMC Terrain, Ford Edge/Lincoln MKX, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Nissan Murano, Cadillac SRX (2010-), Saab 9-4X, Mazda CX-7, Mitsubishi Outlander, Infiniti FX, Hyundai Santa Fe/Kia Sorento (2011-), Volkswagen Touareg/Porsche Cayenne, Toyota Highlander
Full-sized CUVs: e.g., Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Dodge Durango (2011 -), Ford Flex, Ford Explorer (2011-), Honda Pilot, Lincoln MKT, Mazda CX-9, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Mercedes-Benz R-Class (all of which offer three rows of seating for 7 or 8 passengers as standard)
Mid-sized sedan-derived CUVs: e.g., Honda Accord Crosstour, Acura ZDX, Toyota Venza, AMC Eagle, Audi A6 allroad quattro, Saab 9-3X, Subaru Outback, Volvo XC70 (the last five being directly based upon Station wagons)
Compact sedan-derived hatchback CUVs: e.g. Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe, Subaru Impreza hatchback
Minivan-like CUVs: e.g., Dodge Journey, Tata Aria, Buick Enclave/Chevrolet Traverse/GMC Acadia/Saturn Outlook (defunct), Ford C-MAX, Mazda 5
Semi-offroaders: e.g. Fiat Palio Adventure, Ford Fiesta Trail, Nissan Livina X-Trail, Land Rover LR2, Jeep Compass, Jeep Grand Cherokee (2005-) Peugeot Escapade, etc.