There is one type of vehicle I seem to see more frequently than any other on the road and that is the Sport Utility Vehicle. Everywhere you go people are driving them. Whether they are small, midsize or gigantic, consumers seem to be clamoring for this type of transportation. So what makes the SUV such a desirable choice for consumers?
The first reason that comes to mind is convenience. Five doors, higher off the ground, and plenty of space all contribute to the convenience of driving a SUV. These days even the more affordable models are packed with luxurious features including, but not limited to, leather seating, navigation, memory seats, heated seats, streaming bluetooth and music, and televisions neatly installed in the back of the front headrests. Imagine being a kid now. Those torturous road trips we suffered through in the 80’s and 90’s suddenly become quite bearable, if not fun in these new modern vehicles.
The second reason is versatility. No matter what you’re looking for as a consumer, you can be assured at least one of the SUV models available will satisfy your needs. Looking for something huge to transport your multiple kids and dogs? Plenty of models come equipped with the sought after optional 3rd row, giving you choice as to how you would like your back seat and cargo area configured. Is an environmentally responsible mode of transportation a must for you? Several car companies make models with optional hybrid engines so you don’t have to feel as guilty about driving such a big, beasty car.
The final obvious reason to own one of these is the cool factor. Even if you have a ridiculously large family, you don’t have to sacrifice style and comfort to accommodate everyone. You don’t even have to have a family to justify owning a SUV. You can find purpose for your ride with rugged, outdoorsy activities or at least make it appear as if you enjoy that type of thing. Once upon a time when I was in sales and had to schlep all over the greater Los Angeles area with sales materials and samples in my car, my SUV was my savior. Yes it was bigger than it needed to be and got sub-par gas mileage, but it was so comfortable to drive, I didn’t mind stopping in to the gas station every two to three days.
With all this in mind, I will be dedicating the month of February on the blog to SUVs. I will provide in-depth coverage of several different models and putting them to the test. Everything from the dream SUV (did someone say Bentley?!) to the more affordable models for those of us regular folk and everything in between. Be sure to check back regularly for new posts, especially if you’re contemplating making the leap to SUV ownership.