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Is your car an SUV or a crossover MPV? Here's how you can tell the difference
It can be confusing at times.

When you go and shop for a family car, chances are you've considered big, bulky vehicles that can accommodate more passengers and at the same time, allow a generous cargo space. You could have chosen between a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and a crossover multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). Both vehicles can carry 7 passengers, and both permit a liberal amount of load in their boots.

If you're starting to wonder "what's the difference?", here's how you can distinguish one from the other.

The difference is all about the platform

SUV - A sport utility vehicle or suburban utility vehicle (SUV) is a vehicle which uses the chassis of a light truck, but operated as a family vehicle. SUVs are similar to a large station wagon or estate car, though typically featuring tall interior packaging, high H-point seating, high center of gravity, high ground-clearance and especially four- or all-wheel-drive capability for on- or off-road ability. Some SUVs include the towing capacity of a pickup truck with the passenger-carrying space of a minivan or large sedan. Examples are the Ford Expedition (full size SUV) Toyota Fortuner (mid-size SUV) and the Hyundai Tucson (compact SUV).

MPV - A crossover or multi-purpose utility vehicle (MPV), meanwhile, is a vehicle built on a unibody car platform combining in highly variable degrees features of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) with those of a passenger vehicle, especially a station wagon or hatchback. It usually has the two-box design of a shared passenger and cargo volume with rear access via a third or fifth door, a liftgate – and flexibility to allow configurations that favor either passenger or cargo volume, e.g., fold-down rear seats. Examples are the Toyota Innova, Suzuki Ertiga, Honda Mobilio, and the Mitsubishi Xpander.

Common ground

Using unibody construction typical of passenger vehicles instead of the body-on-frame design of light trucks and the original SUVs, the crossover MPV combines SUV features – such as a tall interior, high H-point seating, high ground-clearance, and all-wheel-drive – with those of an automobile – including independent rear suspension, car-like handling, and lighter weight and better fuel economy than trucks or truck-based vehicles.

Crossover MPVs are typically designed for only light off-road capability, if any at all, and are offered with front wheel drive, rear wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The term "crossover" is to describe a vehicle that was "crossing over" from the practicality of an SUV to the drivability and fuel efficiency of a car.


While the difference between an SUV and an MPV is clear, it doesn't always work in practice. Many shoppers have been using the terms interchangeably, referring to car-based, unibody vehicles as SUVs even though they're crossover MPVs by definition.

Not only are there a lot from which to choose, but with car manufacturers often swapping these terms, it can be tough even to know what’s what.

The result is that the term "SUV" is now often applied to both crossover MPVs and SUVs.

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Mara Lopez, Amanda Villanueva on the cover of FHM's August 2017
It's twice the fun inside the territory this rainy August.

Mara Lopez and Amanda Villanueva are the twofold cover girls for FHM's August 2017 issue.

Mara is the daughter of beauty queen and sexy actress Mara Isabel Lopez, who is also a surfer and TV personality. Amanda, meanwhile, is a volleyball player for the Premier Volleyball League team BanKo Perlas.

Featuring in this month's issue: the uncommon obsessions of rare find collections, a complete guide to not being a Mr. Creeper of women, and where to eat unlimited bacon in the city.

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Mara Lopez, Amanda Villanueva FHM August 2017

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'End of an Era' as the mighty AUVs make final run this 2017
The AUV workhorses are set to ride off into the sunset.

The Isuzu Crosswind, Mitsubishi Adventure and the L300 are being retired this year, following the scheduled phase out of select car models that couldn’t comply to the government's stricter fuel emission standards.

Having shifted to Euro 4 emissions standard since last year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has set a December 31, 2017 deadline for the initial (new car) registration of these vehicles and other non-Euro 4 compliant vehicles in the country.

By January 2018, only cars equipped with Euro 4 compliant engines will be allowed to enter the market, as the DENR will no longer accept Euro 2 Certificates of Conformity (COC) as a basis of initial registration with the Land Transportation Office or LTO.

This means all new Euro 2 standard vehicles which haven't been registered cannot be registered anymore.

New engine needs new parts, new assemblies

The AUVs cannot just replace their engines with Euro 4 engines. If so, car manufacturers will need to change most of the vehicle's parts and assemblies. The new engine will need new transmissions, new exhaust systems, and new modified engine supports and chassis. The brakes will have to be changed, too, to accommodate faster speeds. And because almost every parts and assemblies will have to be new, a new onboard diagnostics system would have to replace the old ones.

Replacement vehicles

According to Top Gear Philippines, the Adventure will no longer be sold beginning next year. But, the good news is, there's a replacement—sort of—coming for the Adventure. Mitsubishi Motors haven't pegged its name yet, but it will certainly be an MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) in the likes of the Suzuki Ertiga, Toyota Avanza and the Honda Mobilio.

As for Isuzu, they said they will be offering a line-up of Euro 4 emissions compliant vehicles by the time the government deadline arrives.

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What every Uber, Grab driver must know about the new LTFRB order
Get documented or else!

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will start apprehending colorum Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) drivers on July 26, 2017, the regulatory board announced on Friday, July 14.

This after the LTFRB learned during the show-cause order hearing on July 11 that about 80% of Grab/Uber drivers are driving without either a provisional authority (PA) permits or a certificate of public convenience (CPC) franchise.

Currently, there are more than 20,000 TNVS drivers with half of them (about 10,000 drivers) rejected to get PA permits, and a third (about 7,000 drivers) who are still in the process of acquiring them.

The LTFRB stopped releasing PAs since July 21, 2016 to limit the inflow of new TNVS drivers even as the government tries to craft better guidelines for TNCs.

The LTFRB show-cause order demands the following from Uber and Grab:

  • Pay P5 million for their negligence to oversee colorum drivers
  • Include in the applications the permit case number issued by the LTFRB
  • Screen their drivers before recommending them to LTFRB
  • Include photographs of recommended applicant drivers for LTFRB
  • Display each driver's trade address in their mobile application
  • Only allow drivers who have permits to use their applications to give rides

Starting July 26, undocumented Grab and Uber drivers may be fined as high as P120,000 and detained for as long as 3 months.

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Jinri Park on the cover of FHM's July 2017 issue
Feel like riding the Korean wave?

Jinri Park returns on the cover of FHM this July, 2017.

Born and raised in South Korea, the 29-year-old model landed #23 on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2017.

Also featured in this month's issue: Marcus Adoro, the Marawi siege and a guide to stage plays.

FHM July 2017, which comes with the 100 Sexiest Women in the World supplement, will be available in supermarkets, convenience stores, newsstands, and bookstores nationwide!

Jinri Park FHM July 2017

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