Choosing your large SUV can be difficult. When it comes to no-holds-barred, no-compromise performance, full-size SUVs still rule the roost.
The biggest SUVs can carry as many as nine people in rather luxurious comfort, while still pulling their weight (and then some) in terms of towing capacity and navigating rough off-road terrain. And though all of that may be overkill for most drivers, a large SUV is the ideal vehicle for those who do want or need the utmost in true utility.
If you’re in the process of choosing your large SUV, there are a number of features or options to consider before making a final decision.
Cargo capacity and conversion
None of the large SUVs skimp on cargo space, but some make it more of a priority than others. Some popular models come in two varieties, with the primary difference being the amount of cargo space behind the back seat. The second- and third-row seats can usually be either removed or folded down to create one super-sized cargo area, but the conversion process is easier or more automated in some models.
When choosing your large SUV, you should consider your towing needs. Though all models have significant power, some can pull more and include special transmission settings to make towing easier.
Four-wheel drive is an option on most large SUVs. However, unless you plan to spend a lot of time off-road or often have to drive on snow and ice, the reduction in fuel economy and ride comfort will probably outweigh the benefits of four-wheel drive.
Look for a model with advanced safety features such as stability control, rollover sensors and side curtain airbags.
Fuel economy is not a strong point of large SUVs. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t be fuel-efficient when you consider their size and power. Some models do come in hybrid versions, and many include fuel-saving technologies such as continuously variable valve timing or cylinder deactivation.
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