Expanding Options in the SUV Market


Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) have become quite popular because they are versatile. They are perfect for a large family, adventurers who seek off-road fun, independent business owners who travel with inventory, and professionals who want plenty of room and comfort in which to commute. An SUV can haul equipment, tow trailers or boats, and most can seat seven adults. There are models that have a third row of seating that can fold down flat to increase cargo space. Diesel engines, hybrid options, and four wheel drive features make SUVs ideal for a multitude of situations, needs, and driving preferences.

Since SUVs are large cars they tend to cost more than a sedan or compact car, depending on the make and the model. There are some, such as the Kia Sorento, Toyota Kluger, and Mazda CX-9 that have pricing within financial range of many buyers. These models, among others, have a wide range of pluses and minuses. One might have great safety features, for example, but may lack the handling capability to make it a vehicle for harsh off-road conditions. Others may have excellent technology features standard, but not have enough headroom for third-row passengers. It is important to shop around, test drive several options, and research the models that have made the shortlist. Look for independent reviews, magazines or websites that provide objective descriptions and information, and ask people who own one to give an honest opinion.

When SUVs were first introduced to the market, it was mostly truck manufacturers that designed and produced them. Now, just about every car manufacturer has at least one or two models that are considered SUVs. The expanding options provide more possibilities, including luxury SUVs. These models, such as the Audi Q7, Range Rovers, and the BMW X5 hybrid, are on the higher end of the pricing spectrum. People who can afford them enjoy more powerful engines, luxurious interiors, and superb handling. It may be worth checking out some of these SUVs, taking test drives, and deciding if the extra expense can fit into the budget after all. Perks like five years of free servicing, rebates, and factory incentives can often make luxury affordable.