SUVs walk an interesting line in the automotive world making them a great choice for drivers looking for the right balance of towing capacity and fuel economy. They're the perfect balance between a smaller sedan and full-sized pickup truck, but being the best of both world means there's a lot of things to consider when buying a new or used SUV.
One of the first things to determine when shopping for an SUV is how many people you need to transport. SUVs come in a large range of sizes from a full size SUV with third row seating to compact SUV models that are meant to easily navigate city streets.
Keep in mind if you have small children in car seats, you may want to choose a larger SUV to accommodate the additional space needs. The Hyundai Palisade , Chevrolet Tahoe, or Ford Explorer make great choices for those looking for extra room.
One of the best parts of driving an SUV is the large cargo areas that can be expanded using a foldable rear seat. Modern SUVs often come with a variety of in-floor and additional storage areas bring more cargo capacity to even compact crossover vehicles.
Generally speaking, a full size SUV will have more cargo space than a midsize or small SUV, however that additional space often comes at the price of fuel economy. When choosing an SUV, it's a good idea to consider how you value these two opposing factors.
Traditionally, SUVs have not been considered an eco-friendly choice. Hybrid SUV models and more fuel efficient designs have allowed drivers to seek out vehicle options that often have EPA estimate mileage in line with many modern sedans. The Toyota Rav4, Ford Explorer, Kia Sorento, and Hyundai Tucson Hybrid are examples of popular SUV models that have been re-imagined as hybrids, while the Hyundai Kona EV is a purely electric SUV with an impressive estimated 132 city / 108 highway mile range.
When choosing a sport utility vehicle, it's important to consider your towing capacity needs. If you're an adventurous driver who does a lot of camping, boating, or other activities that require a trailer, it's important to choose a vehicle that can keep up. While most compact SUV models have the ability to tow a small, light trailer, if you're looking at towing more than 3,000lbs, it's best to consider a midsize SUV or larger.
Another consideration in choosing the right SUV for you is to consider the type of terrain and weather conditions you'll encounter. Many modern SUVs feature all-wheel drive (AWD) design which helps the vehicle gain better traction in wet or snowy conditions, however front-wheel drive is preferred when looking for the best fuel economy. SUVs with four wheel drive are preferred for those looking to do a lot of rough country or off-road exploring.
Taylor Hyundai of Findlay is the best place to search for a new or used SUV. We carry brand new SUV models like the Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Palisade, and the Hyundai Tucson along with an impressive selection of used compact crossover, midsize, and full size SUV models including luxury SUV options.