SUV: Things All Buyers Should Know

Small SUVs: If you want a nimble and compact but spacious vehicle, a small SUV is the way to go. It’s more spacious than a small sedan, has flexible cargo space, and good fuel economy as well. There are some small SUVs with three rows of seating, which can accommodate the entire family and still be maneuverable in the city. There may be some compromise on cargo space, but you can always fold down the third or even the second row to create more space.

Mid-size SUVs: These are slightly larger than small SUVs. They’re great for families and offer a good blend of cargo space, passenger space, safety, technology, and power. Midsize SUVs are available in two- and three-row versions. In most mid-size SUVs, the third row is only large enough for children.

Subcompact SUVs: This is a new and fast-growing category of SUVs. These are essentially beefed-up alternatives to hatchbacks. Examples of this category are the Mazda CX-3, Ford EcoSport, and Hyundai Kona. Unlike hatchbacks, subcompact SUVs have good ground clearance, upright seating, and a lot of them are available with all-wheel drive.

Compact Luxury SUVs: Compact luxury SUVs usually have sportier handling characteristics as compared to regular compact SUVs. They also incorporate high-end materials in their interior and exterior construction, have quieter cabins, comfortable seats, and are packed with the latest features. Because some of them are designed for higher performance, they tend to not be very fuel-efficient. Examples of these include the Mercedes-Benz GLC. It is a luxury compact SUV that is elegantly designed, comfortable and is loaded with innovative features. Other options include Volvo XC60, the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and X3, and some Acuras.

Large SUVs: These are SUVs with cavernous interior space and very powerful engines. These SUVs are recognized to have extreme power and can tow over 9000 pounds behind them. A good example of an SUV with these capabilities is the Ford Expedition. Other examples are the GMC Yukon XL and Chevrolet Suburban.

SUV Features: There are some features you should evaluate before choosing an SUV. Think about the number of people you will have to seat in it and whether it will accommodate the needs of your family.

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