Where Should You Shop for a Crossover SUV, America’s Favorite Family Vehicle?

You could be spending way too much on a standard SUV with minimum features when a slightly smaller alternative could be just what you need. A Compact Crossover or a Crossover SUV are the most popular choices for families everywhere.
Knowing what makes the Crossover different from the SUV will help you see how you can save money by getting the right size Crossover for your family.

Exterior and Build

SUVs are built on truck frames to be able to better handle rough terrain and haul heavy loads. The Crossover SUV is built on a car platform and has a unibody structure. This means the body and frame are built together to form one piece.
The exterior design and platform of the Crossover SUV gives it a less bulky appearance and makes it the perfect ride for families wanting a vehicle bigger than a car but smaller than a full-size SUV.
If you are looking for some of the best Crossover SUVs and Compact Crossovers on the market, Nissan offers a variety of models to choose from.
Nissan Crossover SUV white driving in snow

Performance and Handling

The lighter frame of the Crossover SUV makes everyday travel more fuel efficient, while the smaller size of the frame makes parking and maneuvering through tight spaces easier than with a bulkier full-size SUV.
Another benefit of the Crossover SUV’s platform is it offers a more comfortable ride. Standard SUV platforms are built to handle rough terrain, but often lack when it comes to comfort.
While the Crossover may be smaller than a full-size SUV, with the right Crossover SUV you can still haul your boat or take a drive on the back roads. The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder has a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 lbs., and with the Intelligent 4×4 you can handle tougher terrain and changing weather conditions.
Nissan Crossover SUV tan leather interior seating

Storage and Seating

While a full-size SUV is usually sought after for its storage and seating capacity, most Crossover SUVs provide plenty of seating and storage as well. The smaller frame doesn’t take away from interior space, but instead just takes away the bulky design.
Most Crossover SUVs feature third-row seating that provides you with a seating capacity of up to eight passengers. If you only need seating for five, the Compact Crossovers are a great option. When more storage space is needed, the second- and third-row seating can be folded down. Some Crossover SUVs even offer optional captain seats for the second row.
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder provides seating for up to seven while the 2019 Nissan Rogue offers seating for five. With Nissan’s wide range of Crossovers, you can find the right size for your family.
Nissan Crossover SUV interior

Interior and Technology

Several Crossover SUVs feature high-end interior designs so you can drive your family around in style. The 2019 Nissan Kicks comes in a variety of finishes and colors so you can customize your drive. For added luxury, you can get Luxurious Prima-Tex seats that are easy to clean.
For an even more luxurious ride, Crossovers offer innovative technology to make your life easier. The 2019 Nissan Murano offers smartphone capability, voice activated engine start, and a navigation system that seamlessly transfers directions to your phone.
A wide variety of driver assist features are also available on each Crossover SUV to keep you and your family safe. The 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport Compact Crossover comes equipped with Nissan Intelligent Mobility which features the ProPILOT Assist that helps you maintain your speed, stay in your lane, and apply emergency braking.
Nissan Kicks blue and orange intelligent mobility sensors


Not only will you save money on gas, but the Crossover SUV is more affordable than a full-size SUV. You can get more upgrades and features at a cheaper price than you would with an SUV.
With a variety of Compact Crossovers and Crossover SUVs available, you can find one within your budget. The 2019 Nissan Kicks has an affordable starting price of $18,540 and is a great starter vehicle for families.
For those with larger families in need of more space or towing capability, the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder has a starting price of $31,430.
So, what are you waiting for? Get all the features you want in a Crossover at a price you can afford.
Nissan has some of the best Crossovers available. Test drive our inventory of 2019 Crossover SUVs at Patterson Nissan.