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Hello! It's Friday, and that means our road trip is almost over. We have just one more WordMaster on our special "Obon" theme - road vehicles - and of course we've saved the best and biggest for last.

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Today's LessonCATEGORY: Commonly Confused Words
SUV vs. RV   スポーツ汎用車


  • SUV stands for "Sport Utility Vehicle". It's a vehicle with the comfort of a passenger car, but which can be driven on and off paved roads. SUVs are often quite large, look very solid, and have a bottom that is high off the road.

    RV stands for "Recreational Vehicle", a very large vehicle that is essentially a "home on wheels". Depending on the size of the RV, it may have places for sleeping, cooking, doing laundry, etc. Some RVs have their own engine, others have to be towed by another vehicle.
  • SUV は、"Sport Utility Vehicle"(スポーツ汎用車)の略です。オフロードも走れる乗り心地の良い乗用車です。普通、車体が大きく、頑丈で、地面から高いところに車台があります。

    RV  (RV車)は、"Recreational Vehicle" の略です。移動できるちょっとした住まいと言えるような車です。大きさによっては、車内で寝たり、料理をしたり、洗濯をしたりする設備があります。RV車は、車自体にエンジンがついているものと、他の車に牽引されるものがあります。


  1. We bought a used SUV in England and drove it across Africa.
  2. Some of the larger SUVs look out of place on Tokyo's narrow streets.
  3. When we retire, we're planning to buy an RV and travel to all the places we've never had time to see.
  4. Do you need a special license to drive an RV ?

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