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Consumers Love Their Crossovers

February 6, 2003

You can call them crossovers, sport-tourers, sport-wagons or almost anything you want. Just call, the manufacturers say, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.And consumers are, in record numbers. "The crossover utility vehicles are the category with serious potential for growth in the light vehicle market share of sales in 2003," said Paul Taylor, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).The reason consumers like them is because they combine the best attributes of large sport utilities and cars, such as room for luggage and cargo, yet comfort for up to seven passengers. Most crossovers are built on automobile platforms, thus they offer a smoother ride. Most also get better gas mileage, something that is becoming more important in the United States, according to the Post-Standard.The flip side of the coin is that most crossovers have front- or all-wheel drive, so there's no transfer case. That means they have no off-road capability. That's OK with most drivers, because even the most capable of SUVs rarely go off road, the Post-Standard said
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