Have you noticed that every year, the car industry surprises us with another sweet SUV to their list? We haven’t even been able to compare the Q7 to the X5 correctly, or the 97X to the Q95, a new addition comes out. My family has always admired the SUV. Besides, we don’t fit in small cars. We’re a clan of 6 – Dad, Mom, my two brothers, and my sister.
It’s confusing, really, but I can share a few details about several types of SUVs, and what to think about before buying one.
Understanding The SUV
To get a clearer perspective about the SUV, we should learn about its origin. The very first SUV, the Willies Jeep, was used during the Second World War. It was a large, robust vehicle that proved itself repeatedly. A flow of surplus Jeeps became available after the war, which led to the rise of the civilian-owned SUV. Subsequently, Toyota and Land Rover created their own version of Willies Jeep. Their vehicles were upgraded in terms of comfort and luxury, and these became very popular. If you would look at a picture of an old Jeep and compare it with the ones today, you would see a big, big difference.
Currently, it seems like there are a lot more car companies making SUVs than regular cars. As of today, there are nearly 80 SUVs produced, which range from the Korean Hyundai to the American Jeep. What’s more, power car companies BMW and Porsche created their own SUV line. But how similar are they and how do they differ?
The new line of SUVs is referred to as the Crossover, as it offers a ride like that of a car’s but the comfort and space of an SUV. One example of this line is the Honda Pilot, which has a frame design that’s similar to the minivan Honda Odyssey. Thus, it goes that the Pilot rides like the Odyssey, but only with a much bigger space and legroom and a four-wheel drive capability, which is not a feature of the Odyssey. The Murano is another exquisite SUV from Nissan. It features an all-wheel drive, but it isn’t much good for off-road adventures.
Considerations Before Making A Buy
Whatever SUV brand you’ve decided to purchase for you and your family’s needs, ask yourself these questions before finally making that buy.
- How many people will the vehicle be transporting?
When thinking about passengers, you should also consider the baggage that they’re bringing along. If you’re fond of adventure trips and camps, you’ll have the equipment to carry besides the clothes so these will take most of the vehicle’s space. A mid-sized SUV won’t do it, as it only fits seven but without heavy baggage.
Consider the cargo room measurements and try to imagine the ropes, tents, food, and water, plus the cooking gear, as well as your passengers.
- How much load will you be transporting?
SUVs are built for many things, one of which is that it is a car as well as a truck. They have bigger baggage areas, and their seats can be folded to give way to extra cargo, which is a feature of a truck bed. However, if you do carry larger than usual cargo regularly, space would still be insufficient.
Consider the interior measurements of the cargo area before deciding to purchase. If you do decide to go for the SUV, you might also think about other options like towing a trailer. SUVs can do towing tasks.
- Will you be regularly utilizing your SUV for towing a boat or a trailer?
As mentioned, SUVs are built for towing large cargo, but if it’s going to be towing more than the usual, perhaps the standard base SUV might be less competent. Always check the towing capacity of the SUV and ensure that it is large enough to handle your usual family cargo. Also, consider a larger and more powerful engine, a trailer hitch, and a receiver. You can find these three features and more in regular trailer-towing packages.
- How frequently does your family go off-roading?
Interestingly, not all SUVs have the same features, and not all of them were designed to withstand the wear and tear of off-road adventures. Some of these vehicles aren’t able to make it up a sharp-angled hill due to its departure angles.
Another factor to consider in terms of off-roading is ground clearance. When an SUV doesn’t have enough ground clearance, you can’t be sure if you’re going to reach your uphill destination, so you better check on this before anything.
Here are a few categories that might guide you in choosing the right SUV.
- Runner – good for commuting or doing errands. Not very suitable for many passengers on a regular basis.
- People mover – primarily functions to drive people with or without equipment and baggage.
- Off-roader – the family’s need is something that has outstanding off-road features.
- Fuel economy – great for driving long distance
- Luxury – These vehicles are usually seen in brands like Porsche, BMW, Cadillac, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Lexus, Land Rover, Acura, and Volvo.
Did you learn more than what you already know? I hope you did. It does sound complex, but surely you’ll get the hang of it, especially when you’ll have one SUV to focus on. Have a good ride! I hope you’re closer than ever to your dreams – off-road or not.