Popular SUV Minivan Crossover Vehicles

January 27, 2012

The new SUV Minivan crossover type vehicle is becoming every more popular with today's culture. This combination of a sport utility vehicle with a minivan gives car buyers a wide new spectrum to choose from in terms of safe, reliable vehicles. An SUV minivan crossover is most commonly termed as a Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV). This term is for cars that have SUV-like construction, but minivan-like purpose. Together this combination has brought many new vehicles. Here are a couple of the most popular SUV minivan crossover vehicles.

1. Ford Flex

The Ford Flex is a full size SUV-minivan crossover that was first introduced in 2007 with sales starting in 2008. The Flex has a seven passenger seating capacity with a third row of seats. For additional storage, these seats can be lain flat onto the floor. This vehicle is a luxury type crossover as there are options like mini fridges, as well as voice activated communication and entertainment systems. Powered by one of two different V-6 engines available in this class, the Flex can produce up to 350 horsepower in the twin-turbocharged V-6. Since the Flex replaced the Ford Windstar, it is the first crossover for the manufacturer. 

2. Honda Element

Like most of the other crossover vehicles, this SUV minivan crossover was based on a previous model. The Honda Element is based on the CR-V platform was first introduced in 2001. This type of crossover vehicle was designed with cross country trips in mind. This four seater was also designed for holding groups of people or large payloads. A 2.4L, 4-cylinder engine powers this crossover, which gives it not only adequate power, but also great fuel economy. The Element is available in either a front wheel drive model, or a real time four-wheel drive system. 

Related Questions and Answers

What is the Main Difference Between a Multi-Purpose Vehicle and a Minivan?

In reality, there's little, if any difference between a multi-purpose vehicle, such as Mazda's minivan - appropriately named the MPV for multipurpose vehicle - and a more standard minivan such as the Honda Odyssey or the Toyota Sienna. About the biggest difference we could find - and this has actually been cancelled out by design changes in the last couple of years, so that all minivans and MPVs are essentially the same - is the ability to slide at least the third row of seats into the floor so you can have a flat cargo surface. Removing the middle seat only increases the space, but doesn't change the fact that it's still a minivan.

What is the MPG Difference Between a Ford Flex EcoBoost and a Normal Ford Flex?

Although the sales pamphlets make it seem as if there's a typographical error, the dual-turbocharged Ford Flex EcoBoost system, which adds almost 100 horsepower to the standard 263 available from the 3.5-liter Duratec - a good engine in its own right, the city and highway figures are 16 and 22 mpg. How this is possible when you have a dual turbocharged engine that cranks out 355 horsepower while moving along the Interstate is beyond our knowledge. Our own studies have shown that if you turbocharge something, your mileage drops appropriately, unless used very sparingly. The reason for the gas usage is that you are pulling more gas from the tank at higher speeds, and when you add a second turbocharger, you effectively double your gas usage.