Should I get a hatchback or a small crossover?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparison on Thursday, May 28th, 2020 at 10:43 am
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Hatchback or Compact Crossover: Which Should You Get?

When you look at a hatchback and compact crossover side-by-side, they look almost identical. Sure, one’s a little taller, one’s a little longer. But, for the most part, they’re indistinguishable from each other. So, if you’re looking into buying a vehicle in that body style, it can be hard to decide which you should get.

To help you out, we’ve outlined the major differences between the two body styles. Read on to find out if you should get a hatchback or a small crossover.

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Compact Crossover

There are two major advantages (and a minor one) to having a compact crossover: more ground clearance and higher ride height. While the added ground clearance doesn’t mean you can take a compact crossover out off-roading, it makes navigating uneven terrain and poor roads much smoother and safer. Similarly, compact crossovers have a higher ride height, which means a better view of the road and oncoming objects. Also, compact crossovers tend to have more cargo space, but usually no more than 5 cu-ft.


The hatchback has three pros that you’ll want to consider: lower price, lower operating cost, and better handling. Hatchbacks are physically smaller with smaller engines, meaning they cost less to produce. As a result, they cost less to operate, being more fuel efficient. Since they are lighter and lower to the ground than subcompact crossovers, they also handle better.

Which is Right for You?

It depends on personal preference. If you prefer a little more utility and better road view, then the compact crossover is an excellent choice. If you’re on a budget or want a more engaging driving experience, the hatchback is the way to go. Regardless of which you prefer, either is a good choice.

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