We all like to save money on road trips, however we can; especially less stops at the pump. It would make sense that for long hauls smaller, more efficient cars are the right pick. But sometimes you need to pile in a large family and stacks and stacks of luggage. If you’re totally against a minivan, a great option is an SUV.
If you want to go off-roading this summer, an SUV has the ability to carry you and your friends over the roughest roads and trails without fear of getting stuck.
Also, they are roomy. SUVs provide enough space for you and your friends to pack your camping gear, tent and all, into the vehicle before you take off on your summer vacation.
Another reason is the towing capacity. Summer adventures don’t always involve long road trips or driving down dirt trails. Sometimes they’re as simple as heading to the beach and taking to the water on your boat. SUVs are great for towing that boat, trailer or pop-up camper.
“It’s important to nail down your needs first.”
When you’re on the hunt for your perfect SUV, it’s important to nail down your needs first. There are many excellent options out there to accommodate your summer adventures, whether they involve driving across the country or just across town.
MPG MVP – Nissan Rogue
While SUVs have a reputation for being able to withstand anything the roads will throw their way, they also typically call to low miles per gallon. Eco-conscious car buyers have generally stayed away from SUVs for this reason. But this argument against sport utility vehicles is quickly falling by the wayside as more auto manufacturers address consumer concerns through crossovers and smaller SUVs.
CBS News reported that the Nissan Rogue has enviable gas mileage for an SUV, and is rated as even better than the manufacturer’s midsize car, the Altima. The two-wheel drive Rogue is rated at 26 miles per gallon in the city and 33 on the highway. The U.S. Department of Energy lists the all-wheel drive Rogue as having 25 in the city and 32 on the highway.
Towing Capabilities – GMC Yukon XL
Whether it’s your boat, a pop-up camper or a trailer full of firewood, there are tons of items people in the summer need to tow around. An SUV is the ideal vehicle for this project, as there are plenty that can haul many hundreds of pounds behind them. While many people might opt for a truck for their towing needs, an SUV is perfect for those who need to haul the boat to the lake, but also need room inside the car for life jackets, fishing poles and coolers of snacks and beverages.
According to Autotrader.com, there are plenty of SUVs that are up to the job, but two of the best are the Chevrolet Suburban 2500 or GMC’s Yukon XL 2500. Both have a towing capacity of 9,600 pounds.
Room to Roam- Ford Expedition EL
Depending on where your summer adventures take you, cargo space could be the most valuable feature in your SUV. While SUVs are known for their space capacity, not all sport utility vehicles are designed with the same priorities in mind. According to Autobytel, the Ford Expedition EL has the greatest potential to carry all of your items this season. It boasts 42.6 square feet of capacity, even with all five seats filled. This means that whether you’re taking your kids to soccer practice or embarking on a cross-country road trip, this car has the space you need.
Family-Sized – Chevrolet Suburban
If you’re in the market for a new SUV this summer to accommodate your large or growing family, your most important feature is probably the number of seats. Perhaps you’re a family of five, but frequently have friends or cousins join you in your travels, or maybe you’re a family of eight that is looking for a vehicle that will fit everyone but will also get you through inclement weather safely and effectively.
There are plenty of eight-passenger SUVs on the market that also boast other important qualities, such as cargo space and towing capabilities. The Chevrolet Suburban is an ideal option, as it will still have 45.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity when all eight seats are filled. Plus, with a model that is properly equipped, a Suburban can tow up to 8,100 pounds, according to Edmunds.com
Choosing an SUV this summer can be a smart choice, as long as you know what you are looking to get out of the vehicle. Check out your local Drivetime dealership to find these great models for the perfect price.