From a general overview, a sport utility vehicle is defined as a rugged outdoor vehicle that is built upon a firm chassis and yet possesses a lightweight frame. This enables it to be great for outdoor adventures while it is just as equipped to be driven on motorways and within urban areas. The sport utility vehicle is now becoming an increasingly popular choice due to the amount of variants available to the general public as well as a generally lower price than would have been possible a decade ago. Although the first units were considered to be the Range Rover and the Land Cruiser, there are now hundreds of different designs to choose from; each based around the personal needs of the user.

A Basic Overview

Most manufacturers will classify a vehicle as an SUV if it has an elevated chassis height, a larger body and a hatchback in the rear as opposed to a boot. You might have heard the word cross-over used on occasion, but this has more to do with marketing concerns rather than the design of the unit in question.

There are two main categories of sport utility vehicles; car-based and those modelled after a pick-up truck. Car-based variants are generally the most common and these can be seen within urban areas. Better fuel economy, a smaller turning radius and a host of internal luxuries define this category. Truck-based units are more rugged in their design and are intended to be used in the outdoors or on farms. Still, they can be easily adapted within a city environment.

Now that we have a basic understanding of the modern SUV, let's take a closer look at some of their defining traits.

Features and Advantages

The modern sport utility vehicle offers a superior suspension when compared to a full-sized car or a lightweight pick-up truck. This is partially due to a wider wheel base. Such principles allow for excellent handling during inclement weather. There is also much less of a chance that the unit will roll over in the event of an accident. Most SUVs can seat between five and seven passengers comfortably. It is not uncommon for the back seat to fold down in order to provide even more transportation room.

The SUV is known for its luxury and a host of modern technological advantages. Some common traits within the majority of vehicles available today include:

  • Leather seats
  • Heated consoles
  • Numerous airbags
  • A strong frame
  • On-board entertainment systems such as rear-seat LCD televisions
  • GPS navigation systems

Sport utility vehicles enjoy a wide market range. From young families to off-road enthusiasts, they need to satisfy a number of unique requirements. Thus, safety is another notable advantage within their design. All models are currently equipped with anti-lock brakes as well as all-weather tires. As mentioned previously, the height of the body off of the ground helps to reduce the chances of injuries during an accident. Numerous electronic systems will help to protect passengers and in terms of security, a growing number of models now offer key-less entry systems as opposed to standard ignitions.

Typical Price Range

The size of an SUV is the primary determinant of its ultimate price. Smaller models known as compact SUVs will generally fall below $30,000 dollarsalthough some will cost as low as $20,000 dollars. The cheapest SUVs may cost as little as $10,000 dollars. This is an example of how the manufacturing processes have become more streamlined during the past decade. The amount of amenities and extras can naturally have an impact upon this base figure.

Larger models can cost as much as $50,000 dollars. An example here can be the 2016 Range Rover. However, many dealers are looking to appeal to the middle class and thus, even these costs may be reduced dramatically. High-end models (typically those which are specially equipped for off-road use) may be priced at $70,000 dollarsor more.