A diverse vehicle type, a crossover features the height of a truck-based vehicle built on a car-like unibody frame. The term 'crossover' vehicle was adopted in the late 1990s and was soon heavily adapted. For motorists, the appeal of the crossover vehicle is a large cargo area and a higher overall ride height than a standard sedan. Compared to truck-based sport utility vehicles, crossovers are typically less fuel consuming, but trade off extreme four-wheel drive technology. For most drivers in the city, the crossover is a more likeable personality than a sport utility vehicle. Front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drivetrains are common in the crossover segment. Lower cost than all-wheel drive, two-wheel drive crossovers are well suited for motorists who remain in city areas. All-wheel drive technology found on crossover vehicles are designed to provide relief for driving through challenging road conditions, but is not as off-road capable as sport utility vehicles. Crossovers are frequently referred to as sport utility vehicles despite some technical differences. Affordable family crossovers include the Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. For larger families, a range of crossovers such as the Ford Explorer and the 2014 Nissan Rogue also feature third row seating. Crossovers have also tempted luxury car companies to provide one or several vehicles for the high-end motoring market. The Range Rover Evoque, BMW X3, Porsche Macan and the Mercedes-Benz M-Class are some production crossovers found in a crowded premium vehicle sub-category. In some cases, wagons like the Audi Allroad and Volvo XC70 are considered crossover vehicles since they have adopted all-wheel drive as well as other off-road touches.

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