Sport-Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are generally classified into three groups and; compact, midsize and full-size — though the range of vehicles within each group varies widely. You ought to know some of the guides about these vehicles, which include; engine power, towing ability, passenger room and price among others.
Car-Based vs. Truck-Based
Car-based SUVs (typically known as crossovers) generally provide attributes associated with cars, like sharper handling, better fuel economy, a quieter, more comfortable ride, and more interior room. Truck-based sport-utility vehicles are sturdier but heavier, can tow more weight and generally provide better off-road mobility.
Compact SUVs are the most affordable, and prices for base models start at less than $ 20,000. Mid-size and full-size SUVs vary greatly, with base models starting in the mid-$20Ks and going all the way up to the mid-$40Ks. Luxury SUVs start around $ 32,000 and can top out at more than $ 100,000.
Compact SUVs offer both four- and six-cylinder engines. Midsize SUVs typically come standard within six cylinder engines, but can be had with four-and eight- cylinder power plants as well. Full size SUVs feature V8 engines. The most economical four-cylinder compact SUVs can achieve combined mileage figures in the low-to-mid 20s, while most six-cylinder SUVs average in the upper teens. Full-size vehicles generally get between 12 and 20 mpg.
Check the availability of features like anti lock brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and stability control. Features like rear view cameras, parking sensors and knee airbags should also be available in these SUVs.
Luxuries like automatic climate control, heated seats, iPod interfaces, navigation systems, keyless start systems and Bluetooth capability can often be found in all utility vehicles.
Passenger Capacity/Interior Space
All but a few SUVs are designed to carry at least five passengers. Most compacts provide enough rear legroom for full-size adults, with several offering fore-aft seat adjustments to extend either passenger space or cargo capacity. The same goes for larger SUVs, but these wider vehicles are more likely to accommodate three-across seating.
Every SUV allows you to fold or remove the rear seats for more cargo capacity. Full-size SUVs offer cargo areas in excess of 100 cubic feet.
Two-wheel drive (2WD) means that only the front or rear wheels provide power to the vehicle. Four-wheel drive vehicles allow the driver to select either two or four-wheel drive, and the four-wheel drive system sometimes features dual –range for even more traction.
Since compact SUVs are generally smaller, lighter and have less complex four-wheel-drive systems, maintenance and fuel costs are generally lower. With larger size and larger engines, midsize and full-size SUVs by and large get worse mileage and are more expensive to insure. This is especially true of truck-based models.