Blurring the lines is what good crossover vehicles do. The term "crossover" originated when auto designers first began to borrow elements from wagons, pickups, sport-utilities and sedans in order to create people movers that offered a unique combination of cargo, comfort and off-road characteristics. Over time the crossover segment has expanded to encompass a bewildering array of vehicles, some of which seem indiscernible from traditional SUVs while others strain the eye and the mind in terms of styling and performance. That being said, there are still a number of crossover vehicles on the market that serve to illustrate the evolution of the breed from experimental jacks-of-all-trades to more well-rounded daily drivers.
Let's take a look at eight crossovers that represent a direct link to the origins of the category.