They’re known in the industry as crossovers, cross/utility vehicles or CUVs for short. Whatever they’re called, vehicles like the Chevy Equinox, Toyota Highlander and the new Jeep Compass are swiftly becoming the most popular vehicle type in North America.

Hear Ward's AutoWorld Editor Drew Winter's latest take on the auto industry in his weekly report on Detroit's WJR radio:

CUVs to be Biggest North American Segment by 2009