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Q: What is an SUV?

December 17, 2013 12:53 PM

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SUV stands for "sport-utility vehicle." It is a vehicle that combines the interior space of a minivan with the towing capacity and off-road attitude of a pickup truck. This makes it good for sporting activities.

The sport-utility vehicle was initially designed to function as a pickup truck and a minivan. This is why older SUV models were likely to have more powerful engines. However, because of the needs of today's consumers, manufacturers made many design variations. One variant is a fuel-efficient SUV.

Sports utility vehicles can be classified according to size. There are compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs and full-size SUVs. Compact SUVs are the smallest variant. These vehicles have less space for passengers and cargo and also have smaller engines. The smaller engines of compacts provide less power but use less fuel. Mid-size SUVs have more interior spaces and more powerful engines than compacts. Full-size SUVs are the largest of the three. These vehicles have larger engines, three rows of seats, and use a lot more fuel.

Many SUVs have 4-wheel drive (4WD). Vehicles that use the 4WD configuration use more fuel than those that use 2-wheel drive. This is because the engine in a 4WD SUV needs to provide power to all four wheels all the time. When on a paved road, using a 4WD vehicle is inefficient. This is because the extra power used on the other pair of wheels is not necessary for this kind of road.

There are also SUVs that are classified as luxury vehicles. A luxury SUV often has a powerful engine and an unexpectedly opulent interior. These vehicles provide comfort and usually feature rich leather interiors and wood trim. They also tend to have more technology and safety features than ordinary SUVs.

An SUV is a great vehicle for people who want comfort and space. This vehicle is also great for outings and vacations. Many families, however, just drive an SUV as an alternative to a minivan or the family car. Because of its size, an SUV can carry more passengers and more cargo than a car. An SUV equipped for towing trailers can make it easier to move large objects like boats and heavy machinery. However, the weight of a sport-utility vehicle makes it less economical. Even though there are fuel-saving SUVs available, they are still more expensive to drive compared to fuel-saving cars. This is an issue that car manufacturers are trying to solve. Nevertheless, the sport-utility vehicle is a popular choice among consumers.

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