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How to Choose the Right Sport Utility Vehicle for You

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Choosing the right type of Mid-Sized SUV can be a little challenging if you don’t know what to look for. The best way to determine what to look for in a Mid-Sized SUV is to think about what your needs are. Do you have a large family, do the kids have lots of equipment and games, do you carpool, do you travel off road, do you only drive on the street. Determine what you will be using this SUV for and you will be able to narrow it down.

Specifics to Look for

Any good Mid-Sized SUV should have rear drive, 4 wheel drives, all wheel drive or front drive. The vehicle should be able to handle all types of weather. It should be able to handle any cargo needs you have. It should have several safety features like antilock breaks, side air bags, an anti-skid system, roll over sensors, and park assist.

Types of Driving Terrain

Whether you are driving on snow, off roads, or street driving there should be a Mid-Sized SUV to fit your needs. A vehicle that is great for the snow would be a front drive, all wheel drive or a 4 wheel drive SUV. A 4 wheel drive or an all wheel drive is also excellent for off roading, and lastly rear or front rear drive is excellent for street driving.


There are a few disadvantages of a Mid-Sized SUV, like high insurance rates, high maintenance cost, low fuel economy, and high overall cost. Some Mid-Sized SUV’s may not be ideal for lifting small children due to the height of the vehicle; in this case a minivan may be more suitable depending on your needs.


A Mid-Sized SUV can offer several positive aspects like it has large cargo room, multi-passenger space, 6-8 cylinder engines, they are great for the outdoors, they are great for large families, some can seat up to eight passengers.

Top Choices

There are a few top models to choose from like, Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Ford Freestyle, Nissan Murano, Toyota Forerunner, Nissan Xterra, and Toyota Highlander. The SUV was based off of a truck frame but it was too bulky so the manufacturers moved to a car like frame for better mobility and maneuverability.

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