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SUV, by definition, is a Sport Utility Vehicle.

It can be compared to a station wagon built on a truck’s chassis. It can be equipped with four-wheel drive or not. They became very popular in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. However, the price of gas became increasingly high, causing a firm drop in sales for SUV’s in the US. Nicknamed “Gas Guzzlers”, people started selling their SUVs, preferring other cars with better gas mileage.

It can have the space of your living room, passenger capacity of a mini-van, and the towing capacity of a big truck. Some can be a lot smaller but still be called an SUV.

With the drop in SUV sales, auto makers started switching their platforms to something that best fit the Country’s then financial crisis. These platforms stuck, and they are still available to this day, called a “crossover SUV”. It uses the platform of a car, and the gas mileage is a lot better for your pocket. Despite gas prices, nowadays you can already see the increase in sales of SUV’s. They truly are everywhere, and automakers are doing an incredible job with their designs. Especially the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade.

SUV and truck loan and financingUntil about the early 2000’s, SUVs were mostly manufactured with 2 door platforms, such as the Ford Bronco. By 2002, all of those 2 door models were gone from the Market. Land Rover released a 2 door SUV called the Evoque. It is one of the rare 2 door SUVs available right now. Something very popular right now are the hybrid SUV’s, although not selling all too well, people are still getting used to that concept. Americans are used to big, strong and powerful SUVs. But they hate the gas mileage. So, a hybrid truck can be an option. It is not as powerful as non-hybrids, but it is getting there. Even Porsche has an SUV hybrid: The Cayenne. Cadillac also has the Escalade Hybrid. These are all great choices.

You have your mini-SUVs, quite modern and fuel efficient given their short platforms. An example of this is the Mercedes GLA and the Nissan Murano. Great choices. You then have your compact SUVs, which, again, offer a bit more space than a sedan, but the same gas mileage as a sedan. So it becomes something attractive, especially for those “first-time parents”. Plenty of space for their kids and equipment. An example of this is the Ford Escape, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota RAV4 and BMW x3..

You then have your Mid-size SUV, a little larger than your compact SUVs. From this size forward, the mileage starts to get “iffy”. The size starts to make a difference. But you can still find mid-size hybrid SUVs, so that’s a plus. Your example of this: Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Toyota 4Runner.

A little larger, even, is your full-size SUVs. Your “gas guzzlers”. But don’t get too discouraged, they are not only as beautiful in stature, but can perform quite powerfully in hybrid versions of themselves. They are your “living room on wheels”. And America loves them. They are the Ford Expedition, Cadillac Escalade or Chevrolet Suburban.

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