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Quite a Combo

You want a car . . . no, an SUV. Can't make up your mind?

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Hankering for a road warrior's chariot-otherwise known as a sport utility vehicle-but hate that truck-like handling? Want tons of cargo space with seats you can flip down or remove, but need the comforts of a passenger car for commuting? A crossover vehicle gives you the best of both worlds. With a car-based chassis instead of a truck chassis, a crossover provides all the characteristics of a sedan-cushiness, easy handling and conveniences-plus the sturdy features, versatility and capabilities of an SUV.

Crossovers are for those who don't want to give up lumbar-support seats, wood-grain dashboards, fancy trim and sporty performance but still love the ruggedness, high seat position, flexibility and roominess of an off-roader. Some crossovers are a mix of wagon, sedan and SUV, with suspensions that can be automatically raised for off-roading. These come closest to combining a business car, suitable for chauffeuring clients, with the four-wheel drive and other features necessary for enjoying a weekend in the mountains.

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