What to Ask When Buying an SUV


We all know that buying a new car can be extremely stressful. There are so many things to take into consideration, including the budget that you want to try to stay within, the features that you’re looking for, whether the vehicle offers decent gas mileage and what different brands you may be interested in. You will more than likely visit many vehicle showrooms, spending quite a bit of time test driving your favorite models. However, what will save you both time and perhaps even a few headaches will be to make sure that you do your homework before you even begin to shop. Let’s take a look at a few questions that you should be sure to ask when trying to find that perfect SUV!

1

What types of SUVs are there?

Crossover SUVs, also known as car-based, are the smallest type of SUV. They are built on a platform consistent with that of a car, and they get better gas mileage and handle a little bit better than larger SUVs. Good examples of crossover SUVs are the Toyota RAV4 and the Kia Sportage. Traditional SUVs are built upon a body similar to that of a truck, and they are mid-sized SUVs. While they do not offer good gas mileage like the crossovers, they are capable of towing heavier loads, and they handle much better in off-road conditions. Good examples of traditional SUVs include the Ford Explorer and the Chevrolet Blazer. Larger SUVs are also truck-based, but are on bodies more like a very large pickup truck. They do not offer good gas mileage, but they do offer a higher ride, and they are extremely good at maneuvering through adverse weather conditions or towing extremely heavy loads. Good examples of these larger SUVs include the Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator.

2

What seem to be the best brands?

Some of the best brands for SUVs are consistently Nissan, Ford and Toyota. Nissan offers the Rogue, with its stylish good looks and good gas mileage, along with the larger Nissan Pathfinder, which offers a third row and is excellent for families. Ford is always highly popular amongst fans of the SUV, offering the sought-over Ford Explorer, which seats seven and has amazing technical features. Toyota offers a range of size, with the RAV4, with its good gas mileage and sporty interior, and the Toyota Highlander, with a seating capacity of eight and a crowd-stopping exterior.

3

What are some of the top-rated features in SUVs this year?

This year, it seems that many of the top-rated features relate to the interior of the SUV. Versatile seating and cargo options are at the top of everyone’s list, ensuring that the entire family can ride along comfortably, even with a week’s worth of groceries. Tech packages are also important, offering features like wireless technology and downloadable dashboard applications.

4

What price ranges can I expect when shopping for an SUV?

Prices can differ dramatically with SUVs, as that there are so many distinctly different designs, sizes and brands available. Lower-priced SUVs can start off a bit under $20,000, while luxury brands or specialty packages can range up into the low $100,000s.

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What are the bottom-line, lowest priced SUVs on the market?

If you are trying to stay within a strict budget, the good news is that you can still have an SUV! Some of the cheapest SUVs on the market include the Jeep Compass and the Patriot, the Kia Sportage, the Hyundai Tucson, the Nissan Juke, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the Chevrolet Trax, the Honda CR-V, the Subaru Forester, the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V.

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