CUV

noun
\ ˌsē-(ˌ)yü-ˈvē How to pronounce CUV (audio) \
plural CUVs

Definition of CUV

: an automotive vehicle that is similar to a sport utility vehicle but built on a car chassis Because CUVs tend to be lighter, and aren't designed to tow or haul as much, they can use smaller engines and provide better fuel economy than truck-based SUVs do.— James R. Healey

called also crossover, crossover SUV

First Known Use of CUV

2000, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for CUV

probably originally Compact Utility Vehicle, later also construed as Crossover Utility Vehicle

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Last Updated

27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“CUV.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/CUV. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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