America is in love with SUVs with strong sales last March as proof. The SUV you have in mind surely looms in size, bigger, roomier and more versatile than your standard sedan. Well, size is relative in sport utility vehicles and there are many to choose from depending on your needs and finances, of course.
I. Small SUV
Relative to other SUVs, these utes are smaller and closer to cars in size. But they make up for it with their flexible cargo space, high driving position, and fuel economy. Compact and subcompact SUVs belong to this size class.
Indeed, compact SUVs are a class of their own, a combination of a sedan’s ride quality and fuel efficiency and an SUV’s roominess and versatility. They also have an all-wheel drive that offers better grip and control in all road conditions.
Their nimbler version is the class of subcompact SUVs, which also boast of fuel economy and lower prices. But their passenger and cargo space is limited compared to their compact counterparts.
II. Midsize SUV
Midsize SUVs are often considered an alternative to minivans because of their three-row seating. Without compromising the form, these midsize vehicles can carry as many passengers and cargo and keep them safe, too. Balance of power and interior space are some of their strongest suits.
With midsized SUVs, you can haul the kids who should be comfortably seated in the third row.
III. Large SUV
A large SUV is power in itself. Interior space, towing capacity, seating and cargo space, your large SUV can give it. Because of its bulk and form, expect a full-size SUV to be costlier in terms of price and fuel consumption.
What About Crossovers?
Put simply, crossovers are like cars at least in structure with features of SUVs. There are two main things that separate a crossover from an SUV.
- Platform: If a vehicle is structured with a truck-based platform, then it is a ute. A crossover is based on a car’s platform.
- Construction: SUVs are constructed body-on-frame, resulting in better off-roading capabilities, greater torsional flex, and easier repair. Meanwhile, the body and frame of crossovers are built together. This unibody construction makes crossovers lighter and allows for more room for passengers and cargo.