plural CUVs
: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

2000, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of CUV was in 2000

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Cite this Entry

“CUV.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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