If you’re planning to purchase an SUV, do consider these factors that will matter in the long term.
Seating. Most, if not all, sport utility vehicles can carry a minimum of five people, and some full-sized models are equipped with a third-row seat that gives ample space for a sixth, seventh, or eighth passenger. But a lot of these three-row SUVs don’t have sufficient space for cargo, especially when the third-row seats are put in position. When they are, though, the cargo space is increased.
Load. The SUV is designed so that the second and third-row seats can be folded flat, leaving ample cargo space behind the front seats. What’s more convenient is when the third-row seats are also built separately so that one seat can be folded while the other allows a passenger to sit on. On the contrary, SUVs have a relatively higher floor compared to cars and minivans, and this feature makes placing large and heavy cargo difficult. Some models are built with air suspensions, so the vehicle can be easily lowered so that cargo can be loaded. Others, specifically the truck versions, usually have more loading capacity. Still, there are a few manufacturers who offer hands-free and power-operated lift gates, which makes it very easy to load from the cargo bay.
Safety Driver Assistance Technologies
Make sure that your SUV, or any vehicle for that matter, is equipped with forwarding collision warning, blind-spot warnings, and automatic emergency brakes are some of the current avoidance technologies. These should be standard for all existing vehicles and or on the new one that you’re planning to buy. These updated safety technologies also include a telematics system that, in case an airbag opens, drivers change lanes suddenly or rear cross-traffic.
The usual setup of the SUV is a front-drive platform, which is also available with all-wheel drive.
On the other hand, trucks and truck models have a rear-drive alignment with a four-wheel-drive system. Both 4WD and AWD give power to all wheels, but they’re very different on other things. AWD is a light-duty system, and it can spread the power between the front and back wheels when needed. AWD is great for unfavorable weather conditions and on dirt roads.
SUVs equipped with true 4WD are not easy to find. These types have low gears to tackle off-roads, like sharp dirt hills and rocks. For those drivers who almost always drive on pavements without ice, they should choose a 2WD model. First, this will save them the price of the 4WD when all they need is the lower-geared model. Second, they’ll likely save more fuel. If you do have a 4WD, you should search for a system that offers a full-time 4WD operation. It won’t be wise to drive part-time 4WD models on dry pavements, as they are unable to take the power distribution between the front and back wheels, and this ultimately destroys the vehicle’s mechanical components.
If you need an SUV with more towing capacity, the truck-based SUVs are the best choice. The large models can tow up to 9,000 lbs., which is equal to a large boat. The midsized ones can tow up to 5,000 lbs. Buyers should take time to read the tow-capacity scores and make sure that the vehicle they get can efficiently manage the cargo that they need to tow.
When you’re done reading and understanding this article, you can take your spouse or friend or significant other and make that best choice of SUV for you and your family.