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The Pros and Cons of Switching To An SUV

If you’re currently driving a sedan or other regular car but find that you’re often running out of space, you may be attracted to the idea of purchasing a sports utility vehicle. Today’s SUV’s are outfitted with an array of luxury features, while providing roomy interiors and a sense of adventure all at the same time. However, switching over to an SUV may not be right for everyone. It’s a good idea to take a closer look at the potential pros and cons of driving an SUV to find out if it may be a good fit for your lifestyle.

Advantages of SUV Cars

Many of the positive sides of SUV’s are similar to those you would read about in a Ford Ranger review 2013 or other truck review. They are as spacious as these larger vehicles, allowing you to pack in your entire extended family as well as any gear you need to bring along. Today’s best SUV’s are able to provide loads of space without appearing bulky. They may be rugged enough to travel on mountain roads or even to go off-roading, depending on the model. With greater cargo space and handling capability in diverse environments, this makes them built for adventure and outdoor activities. Yet they are also ideal as family cars for the same reasons.

One common misconception is that all SUV’s have poor gas mileage and low fuel efficiency. This may be true for certain models, particularly older ones. Yet there have been great strides in efficiency in recent years, particularly among smaller crossover SUV’s or hybrid vehicles. This has helped give the best SUV’s the same level of efficiency as a regular size car. As with any automobile purchase, you’ll want to shop around to find the most efficient SUV.

The larger size of SUV’s allows them to generally perform better in safety tests than some smaller cars, although as with mileage this is a factor that will vary widely. Overall, the advantages that an SUV can provide are usually related to its size. When you switch over to an SUV, you can benefit from the comfort and added storage that a larger vehicle provides.

Potential Downsides to SUV’s

Drivers who live within a city may find that switching to an SUV requires some practice, because they can be harder to manoeuvre around tight city corners or fit down narrower streets. City parking can also be quite cumbersome with an SUV. Indeed, some practice in general is necessary when first switching over to an SUV, due to the difference in height and driving position. Although the best SUV cars can outperform regular size cars in safety testing, they can also be prone to rolling over at high speeds. Certain models can also be bumpy to ride in, and difficult for some passengers to climb into. It’s important to get behind the wheel and take it slow while you’re learning how to handle a larger vehicle. Finally, while fuel efficiency has improved in the past decade, SUV’s in general are still more expensive to fill with fuel than a smaller car would be.

These are just a few factors to take into consideration when thinking about purchasing an SUV. Families and those who lead an active outdoor lifestyle may find them to be the perfect fit, while those who rarely leave urban areas may find something lacking.

Gaming in a Ford Edge

Hurricane Sandy has absolutely been destroying New York and New Jersey and leaving countless people without power.  Luckily, there is support available to those who need it, with generators, food, housing, and all the necessities.  However, what about those non-necessities, and those hobbies that spawn out of boredom?  Plan on getting some dirty looks if you intend to hook your Xbox 360 up to a generator in a shelter.  If only there was another way?

One crafty individual hooked their Xbox 360 up to the display and power system of their Ford Edge SUV.  This allowed for some privacy, get some game time in, and escape the reality of no power, at least for a little while.  Now, not sure how long this will hold out once they realize there is a fuel shortage.

Playing 360 In Ford edge

MINI Cooper SUV

Imagine a MINI Cooper on steroids, lifted, stretched, and morphed into something that resembles the space found in a mid-size SUV.  Now, wrap your mind around the idea of MINI producing such a vehicle under the Countryman moniker.  Next, MINI has decided to take the Countryman Cooper S and turn it into a Rally machine, essentially getting back to their racing roots.

The Countryman will be the largest Cooper built and the S model will be tuned to perform on the rally course.  It’s 4 doors and two turbos will provide utility and performance, to the tune of 0-60 in about 7 seconds.  Although this information is all in the research and development stage, figures hope to be firmed up by 2011, when MINI enters the rally car market.

Check out pictures of the jacked up MINI Cooper Countryman S:

2010 Hybrid SUVs Have Something For Everyone

Hybrid SUVThere is no doubt that there are more choices, than ever, from which to choose if you are looking to buy a hybrid SUV in 2010. This, along with the new hybrid technology, is certain to make these hybrids some of the most popular models ever.

Leading the list of the least expensive of these models is the Saturn Vue Hybrid. It has one of the smallest engines, 2.4 liters 4-cylinders, and also offers the lowest fuel economy with 25 mpg in the city; 32 mpg on the highway. The Saturn offers the largest gas tank capacity with 18.3 gallons. The SUV comfortably seats five people. If your family does a lot of towing this SUV is capable of pulling up to 1500 pounds.

Another of the less expensive SUV hybrids is the Ford Escape. It offers a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine. It can also seat five passengers. Although it is more powerful than the Saturn it offers the best fuel economy with 31 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg in town. The 4-wheel drive gets 27 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in town. The Escape also offers a limited edition featuring chrome and leather for an additional $2000.

The 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine in the Mercury Mariner hybrid shares the same great fuel efficiency offered by the Ford Escape. It offers a 17-gallon gas tank. It also holds five people inside. It is available in both a 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive model. It offers the industry standard warranty of 3-years or 30,000 miles.

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers a larger, 3.3 liter 6-cylinder engine that can carry seven people inside. It can get 25 mpg on the freeway and 27 mpg in the city. The tank holds 17.2 gallons of gasoline. The 4-wheel drive model is capable of towing up to 3500 pounds. Like the Escape, if you pay an additional $2000 you will have a leather interior with heated front seats, a satellite radio along with a 6-disc in-dash CD changer and other features.

The last hybrid SUV, in this class, is the Lexus RX. This luxurious SUV offers a 3.5 liters 6-cylinder engine and it still gets good mileage with 32 mpg in the city and 28 mph on the freeway. It is available in both a 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive. It offers a bumper to bumper 4 year/50000 miles warranty – of the five least expensive hybrid SUV’s it offers the best warranty.

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS SUV

Hyundai has been doing a lot of the right things lately to attract consumers and possible first time Hyundai buyers.  However, the Santa Fe appears to be absent of any special design or technology, like the Sonata.  This isn’t to say that the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe isn’t solid, it’s just lacking in appeal in a competitive market.

The 2010 Santa Fe does the basics right, meaning it has plenty of room and is affordable.  However, those who have experience driving mid-size or larger SUVs are probably going to be left wanting in the power department.  The standard offering is a 4 cylinder, that has been described as sluggish, especially when approaching interstate speeds.  There is a V6 alternative, but even then it’s not setting any kind of horsepower records.

Older Hyundai Santa Fe’s always had a great shark skin feel to the exterior body lines.  They were large, swooping, and were unique amongst the sea of SUVs on the highway.  For 2010 it looks like Hyundai took a step backwards, the 2010 version looks plain jane.  There is a hint of the swooping fenders in the front, but now the ass-end looks just alike any other SUV on the market.

I’m willing to bet there will be plenty of happy 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe buyers out there, it just doesn’t have the same appeal as years past.  Perhaps they are waiting for a radical all new redesign for 2011 and the 2010 Santa Fe is only there to buy time.