SUV is a term that encompasses a large variety of vehicles. A four-wheel-drive SUV can be driven off-road and gives the feel of a light-weighted truck.

Overview (1)

In the US, an SUV is termed as “sport-ute”. This category embodies large as well as small-sized vehicles with off-road capability and a four-wheel-drive drivetrain. An SUV is considered best asa family and sports car. Look wise it is a blend of a minivan, truck, and American family car. In early manufacturing, it was designed on a truck chassis. But later, it switches towards unibody configuration. In this manufacturing, the body, floor, and chassis are built on a single platform. Previous SUVs had two doors whereas four to five doors are seen in new models.

Popularity

In 2017, SUVs accounts for 36.8% of the global sale of automobiles. In 2019, this percentage got increased by 2.6%. This percentage was mostly covered by the sale of newly launched SUVs.

Advantages

All Car Leasing explains that an SUV is a hybrid of a pickup truck and a station wagon. It tows and hauls like a pickup truck and gives a comfortable zone like a station wagon. It acts as a good passenger as well as a cargo car. It provides enough space to load playing equipment, groceries, camps, and luggage. With this entire load, it still provides a comfortable seating zone to passengers. The strong engine has increased its customers ‘reviews.

Disadvantages

The size and bulk of an SUV make it difficult to maneuver. It becomes difficult for drivers to park an SUV in insufficient parking space. One of the main drawbacks is its high affordability. Moreover, it has less fuel efficiency.

Size range

Small SUVs

When comes to driving, small SUVs such as the Hyundai Tucson and the Nissan Rogue are easy to drive and park. The Mazda CX5 has sporty look with efficient steering and handling.

Mid-size SUVs

Some mid-size SUVs resemble crossovers as both are built on a passenger car platform, while others resemble compact and mid-size pickup trucks. According to JD Power, the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander are the most purchased mid-size SUVs. It is due to their quiet interior, all-wheel drive, and remarkable storage area.

Full-size SUVs

The 2019 GMC Yukon and the 2020 Cadillac Escalade are full-size SUVs, which are sold for their off-road capabilities and luxurious interior. These are the maximum size SUVs, but some have extended body length to increase cargo and passenger area.

Top luxurious SUVs (2)

Small luxurious SUVs

  1. Chevrolet Trailblazer

The news models of the Chevrolet Trailblazer are offering advanced technology and improved safety features. Current models are coming with better off-road capabilities. Another new addition is extra cargo and passenger space. Some of its drawbacks include a less powerful base engine and slow transmission. This all-wheel-drive SUV produces 155hp at 5600 rpm.

Cost: its base MSRP is $23600.

  1. Mazda CX-30

Mazda CX-30 is a small SUV with a high-quality interior, design, potent turbocharged engine, and advanced safety features. It gives poised handling along with a refined ride. Drawbacks of this SUV include slow transmission, less than average fuel economy, and considerable back blind spots. Android Auto, Apple, and CarPlay now come as standard features. It is front-wheel drive and produces 186hp at 6000rpm.

Cost: the base MSRP is $22050.

Midsize luxurious SUVs

  1. Honda Passport

The all-wheel-drive Honda Passport comes with a V-6 engine, seats for up to 5 passengers, and 19.5 gal fuel tank capacity. It provides a spacious interior with comfortable seats. All new trims now come with an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, CarPlay, and Apple integration. One of its cons is the high positioned driver seat. It produces 280hp at 6000 rpm.

Cost: $34790 MSRP

  1. Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

This SUV gives athletic handling with a comfortable ride. The easy-to-use infotainment system, straightforward cabin layout, and spacious interior have increased its customer reviews. It has less fuel economy and acceleration power as compared to rivals.It produces 235hp at 5000rpm.

Cost: $30855 MSRP

Large luxurious SUVs

  1. Chevrolet Suburban

The giant interior of the Chevrolet Suburban provides a generous area for cargo. Three-row seating can handle up to 9 passengers. The towing capacity of it is remarkable. Availability of diesel engine is beneficial for its Fuel range and towing capacity. A bulk body of Chevrolet Suburban makes it difficult to maneuver. An individual has to pay more for some safety elements. There are certain control options, which are tougher to reach and use. Its V-8 engine produces 355hp at 5600rpm.

Cost: the base MSRP is $50k-$75k.

  1. 2021 GMC Yukon

Rear-wheel drive and 8-seated GMC Yukon is a truck-based SUV. Its independent rear suspension has boosted the ride and hauling capacity. A longer wheelbase design enhances passenger comfort. In comparison to the older design, new designs are 6.1 inches long and have a higher-quality interior. Current models are coming with the option of a diesel engine. The giant body of the GMC Yukon makes it difficult to handle in streets and parking lots. The driver seat can not be adjustable. Its V-8 cylinder produces 355hp at 5600 rpm.

Cost: the base MSRP is $51k

Super luxurious SUVs

  1. Mercedes Benz Maybach GLS

It is the greatest luxury and latest manufacturing of German automakers. It accounts for a considerable percentage of sales of luxurious SUVs. The Maybach has improved the opulence of Mercedes Benz with aretuned powertrain and modified interior. This has been done to make back seats more comfortable. Adaptive suspensions of it give a refined ride.In comparison to other SUVs, it has less cargo room. Its V-8 engine produces 550 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 538 lb-ft torque at 5000 rpm. It has an All-wheel drive drivetrain with a fuel tank capacity of 23.8 gals. Capacity.

Cost: the base MSRP is $160500.

  1. Bentley Bentayga

It has remarkable craftsmanship and embellishment. It has genuine off-road capability and a seating area for up to 7 passengers. Some add-on makes its price higher.

Cost: the base MSRP is $179725.

References

  1. https://www.caranddriver.com/research/a31787452/suv-meaning-what-is-an-suv/
  2. https://www.edmunds.com/suv/