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The Modern Family SUV: Safety, Comfort, and Maneuverability

By Timmy Radloff Subscribe to RSS | April 18th 2012 | Views:
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Many sport-utility vehicles look so similar to vans that a lot of people confuse the two. Of course, this pertains to the large box-shaped sport-utility vehicles built for family use. With its large body and greater seating capacity, it is an ideal ride for a growing family to own.

A long time ago, the sport-utility vehicle was a military vehicle. It was more like a small truck that carried a small number of soldiers and their weapons. However, when World War II ended, the sport-utility vehicle continued being manufactured for civilian use. Soon, it evolved to accommodate as many as ten people inside—ideal for a large family and their luggage.

Because of the strength of the engine and the wheels, the sport-utility vehicle has become an ideal vehicle for family trips. It is equally suited to traveling in highways or off-road dirt paths. It is a good idea to opt for a four-wheel drive SUV—coded as "4WD" or "AWD" (all-wheel drive). Such vehicles are good for getting out of mud or snow. However, a FWD (front-wheel drive) SUV is a good one, too, if you mostly drive on paved roads.

Aside from greater maneuverability, one of the best traits of an SUV is the wide interior space. There is plenty of leg and overhead space for the children. Children can excitedly kick around without hitting the backrest of Mommy or Daddy's seat. Modern sport-utility vehicles also have very comfortable seats. Some sport-utility vehicles now have individual bowl seats instead of benches, which enhances passenger comfort.

Safety is a major concern for most organizations, manufacturers, and consumers. Dealers are happy to show customers a used SUV equipped with remote keyless entry, which deters any wrongdoers from entering the vehicle. Sport-utility vehicles are now equipped with multiple airbags to protect as many passengers as possible from skid accidents that result from melting snow and slippery roads.

Sport-utility vehicles have also become more fuel-efficient. This is good news for people who like to travel long distances. The used SUV buyers like is chosen by prudent individuals who want affordable vehicles that save on fuel consumption as well.

A crossover sport-utility vehicle also attracts a lot of people's attention because of its safety features. A used Toyota Highlander, for example, has traction control and anti-lock brakes that prevent speeding and skidding accidents. If you need more information on sport-utility vehicles and crossovers, please go to Edmunds.com.

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