An SUV brings a lot of status. It’s a family car, but it’s not compromised like station wagons. It’s stylish. Looks tough. It provides a lot of safety. But it’s really all about the status it brings. This type of vehicle is great for anyone at any age. That’s part of the reason SUVs sell so well across America. Although pickup trucks like the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram Pickup are the best-selling vehicles in the US, they’re mostly bought for work. SUVs aren’t built for that. They’re sports utility vehicles as the name suggests. If you’re trying to find reasons to buy one, we’ve got five for you.
An all-wheel-drive SUV is great on an off-road. It will keep you moving when the snow arrives in the winter just as well as it did during the hot summer months. SUVs are built to be strong. This type of car traces its history back to two vehicles - the Land Rover, which was created to be an “all-purpose vehicle on the lines of the Willys- Overland post-war Jeep”, and the Jeep itself, so strength is part of the DNA of an SUV.
SUVs offer a lot of load space. They typically have larger trunks than sedans and hatchbacks. You can easily fit cargo carriers, roof racks and bike racks to any SUV. And you can push the seats down to create even more room whenever it's needed. Some SUVs have seven seats, so you can take additional passengers. Even if you don’t need more seats than a sedan has, your passengers will enjoy more space, including more headroom than is typically found in other cars.
Safety is a key feature of SUVs. The driver sits in a higher position than other cars so will see potholes and other cracks in the road in time to avoid them. According to Consumer Reports, if you find yourself in a head-on accident with another type of car, the odds of dying as a result are 7.6 times lower for the SUV driver. SUVs can be dangerous if driven recklessly. Their high center of gravity makes them prone to rolling. If you drive sensibly, an SUV is a safe place to be on the road.
SUVs can tow almost anything with ease. For example, the Ford Expedition can tow 9,300 lbs. You only need to buy one with the standard EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 which makes 375 horsepower with the Heavy Duty Trailer Tow Package installed. You can easily drive the car and its trailer in reverse thanks to the Pro Trailer Backup Assist system, but you’ll need $52,130 to get one of these. If your budget can’t stretch to that, buy a Chevrolet Tahoe for $48,800 and you’ll be able to tow 8,600 lbs.
Look and Style
An SUV is a stylish car that packs a punch. It’s rugged and powerful, but also sporty and good to drive. An SUV appeals to the young because it suggests power and wealth. It attracts families because it’s safe and practical. It’s also attractive to older folk because they’re typically reliable and strong machines. They have a lot of appeal to a lot of people, so no wonder automotive consultancy LMC Automotive predicts that by 2023 the amount of mainstream SUVs will increase from 65 models to 90, and luxury models will also increase to 90 from the 53 models that are available today.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
You need to think about the powertrain. Is it too early to opt for an all-electric SUV like the Jaguar I-Pace?
- The Toyota RAV4 was the bestselling SUV in 2019.
- SUVs are now so popular that Sergio Marchionne has announced that Ferrari will build one.
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“After 7 months & 7k miles of ownership I am delighted with the RAV4” (Review of Toyota Rav 4 on Honest John)
“This year saw me test it’s wade capacity to the limit when I found myself driving along a road that had, literally become a river at 2 in the morning.” (Review of Land Rover Discovery on Honest John)
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