Practicality and necessity are important factors to consider when purchasing a vehicle. Depending on what it’s used for, an SUV can deliver on both. As one of the most popular vehicles on the road today, it’s replaced both the minivan and station wagon as the ideal family vehicle. Choosing the right make and model all comes down to what features are best suited for your needs. So before you take that test drive, here are 4 deciding factors that will make shopping a lot easier.
Before you leave for work in the morning, you normally take stock of what you have before heading out the door. Choosing an SUV with adequate cargo space works the same way. How much do you tow around with you when you’re on the road? Passengers? Groceries? Do you enjoy weekend activities such as biking or kayaking? Depending on what you do, cargo space can become a major deciding factor. Much like Goldilocks and the three bears, you don’t want too much or too little, but the amount that’s just right.
While many SUVs have much better fuel economy than they did years ago, expect to pay more at the pump than you would with a sedan. Not only will the size of the engine impact your SUV’s fuel consumption, but so will payload and where you drive. Nonhybrid models average about 20 mpg in the city, 30 on the highway. Some of the newer hybrid models are getting up to 40 mpg. It all comes down to how much you’re willing to spend, both on the vehicle and filling up.
Because most SUVs have an elevated height, it’s easier to see the road ahead of you. A disadvantage of this feature also means there’s a greater risk of objects appearing in your blind spot. Most models come equipped with monitoring systems to help you avoid this issue. Certain models from different years have safety issues, some more than others. Be sure to research thoroughly before purchasing and consult Consumer Reports if possible.
While not everyone will be using their SUV to tow a trailer, certain models are better than others as far as towing capacity is concerned. An advantage of an SUV is that it can carry the same amount as certain trucks while providing a more comfortable ride. The most capable of these is the Ford Expedition, which can carry upwards of 9,000 lbs. If you’re planning on any big adventures of the foreseeable future, be sure to consult with your dealer.
Now that you have an idea of what to look for, it’s time to make your move. NY Luxury Motors has a substantial inventory and believes in catering to the needs of today’s drivers. We’re located at 129 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003. Or if you have an inquiry and want to set up an appointment, then give us a call at 516-673-4784. The road ahead is wide open, so let us help you get there.