Pros and Cons of Buying an SUV

SUV - Kids in Trunk

There’s been a good deal of debate surrounding the pros and cons of SUVs, and we’re here to… well, not settle the debate. But we’ll certainly add some fuel to the fire by providing you with some information that might help decide whether buying an SUV is the right choice for you. Take a look.

Interior Space SUV vs. Non SUV
A big advantage to buying an SUV is the accommodation for family needs with a large amount of interior space and storage. Average family sized sedans can’t possibly compare with all the storage capacity of an SUV. They are particularly good for active families with the need to bring large amounts of equipment during daily activities. Most people report liking them because they have the needed space lacking in a mini or regular size van while still feeling like a family car.

Stability and Safety SUV vs. Non SUV
SUVs tend to be wider than normal cars and are set up higher on the wheels. This provides the vehicle with an aura of safety while driving, although unfortunately they are also prone to roll overs when accidents occur at high speeds. Cars, on the other hand, are much less likely to do so.

The major consideration when weighing the differences between a car and an SUV is safety. Most people believe that due to their larger size, SUVs are safer than cars. But crash tests have shown that in 2003, the large SUVs were only a little safer.

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Drivers switching to SUVs may need a little practice in order to handle driving the SUV safely.

Maneuverability SUV vs. Non SUV
SUVs are great to have in rain and snow because most of them are equipped with four wheel drive. This feature helps prevent slipping and skidding. This also helps in handling during bad weather on slick city streets.

Gas Mileage SUV vs. Non SUV
Fuel efficiency isn’t the strongest feature of the SUV. Since SUVs are heavier than a regular sedan, it takes more gas to use it. This translates into increased fuel costs in the long run. But there are certain makes and models of your SUVs that get as good or better gas mileage than many large cars.

Emissions SUV vs. Non SUV
SUVs give off a lot more emissions than smaller cars. Increased fumes are directly related to accelerated gas use that the SUV needs. Since it uses more gasoline for basic driving functions, more emissions are pumped into the air, which can cause a bigger carbon footprint. SUVs have come under attack for this by various environmental groups.

But, more auto manufacturers are designing hybrid gas-electric SUVs. This provides better gas mileage and helps address these emission issues.

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Versatility SUV vs. Non SUV
Some think SUVs are more comfortable and have more storage capacity than cars. This actually depends heavily on what make and model of SUV you have. Some actually have limited cargo space, and most of them have the power to haul different trailers.

Comfort is important to everyone and many drivers prefer being higher up from the road. Truth be told, though, older drivers and those with disabilities seem to have a harder time getting into the raised seats. Also, buckling a child into a car seat installed in the back seat center can be challenging for shorter moms and dads.

Finally, if you do a lot of city driving and parking, SUVs can also be less maneuverable, not to mention a bit more difficult to parallel park than a more traditional car.