An intermediate SUV is also sometimes referred to as a mid-size SUV. A full-size SUV is also called a standard SUV. The most noticeable difference between the two is that a mid-size SUV is smaller than a standard SUV. There are other differences, as well.

Size and Safety

A mid-size SUV is smaller than a standard-size SUV; the size affects the car’s seating, its storage capacity, the relative comfort of the interior and, arguably, its safety. The standard-size SUV’s sheer size typically makes it perform higher in crash safety tests.