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The Crossover Coupe Explained—and Every One You Can Buy Today

Car and Driver Logo By Daniel Golson of Car and Driver | Slide 1 of 11: The term "coupe" has been stretched in recent years beyond traditional two-doors to include low-slung sedans and hatchbacks such as Mercedes-Benz's CLS-class and Audi's A7. Automakers eager to cash in on the coupe's sexy cachet to move more sedans simply slapped "four-door" in front of the descriptor and churned out high-style variants. More recently, the "four-door coupe" has been joined by the equally dubious "crossover coupe" on the high-fashion end of the automotive spectrum. BMW's X6 was the first into this new class of less-useful, higher-style SUVs when it arrived in 2009, but many more have since followed, all offering the same curious mix of a low or fastback roofline, aggressive styling, and an SUV-like tall seating position. A few of these crossover coupes are standalone models, while most others are spun off of regular SUVs. With the crossover coupe label only just now entering the industry's lexicon, we've gathered here every crossover or SUV that qualifies for it.

The term "coupe" has been stretched in recent years beyond traditional two-doors to include low-slung sedans and hatchbacks such as Mercedes-Benz's CLS-class and Audi's A7. Automakers eager to cash in on the coupe's sexy cachet to move more sedans simply slapped "four-door" in front of the descriptor and churned out high-style variants. More recently, the "four-door coupe" has been joined by the equally dubious "crossover coupe" on the high-fashion end of the automotive spectrum.

BMW's X6 was the first into this new class of less-useful, higher-style SUVs when it arrived in 2009, but many more have since followed, all offering the same curious mix of a low or fastback roofline, aggressive styling, and an SUV-like tall seating position. A few of these crossover coupes are standalone models, while most others are spun off of regular SUVs. With the crossover coupe label only just now entering the industry's lexicon, we've gathered here every crossover or SUV that qualifies for it.

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