Buying an SUV is a smart choice because of the versatility that it offers. Not only are SUVs perfect for families and groups, but an off-road variant can also be ideal for adventures. So, read on as we discuss SUV styles, considerations, tips and tricks for you to get the most out of your new SUV.
SUV Styles: Get to Know Your Options
In total, there are six different SUV styles, which can be categorized as follows:
- Crossover (CUV) – Unibody platform, better fuel economy, zero to little off-roading capabilities
- Mini/Subcompact Crossover – Similar to a passenger car, but with more space
- Small/Compact – Most popular of the SUV styles, can have all features of a full-sized SUV in a more compact, fuel-efficient fame
- Mid-Size – Almost indiscernible from full-sized models, comes in a slightly smaller size
- Full-Size – Fully equipped, big, spacious and robust, built of full-size pickup truck platforms
- Long-Wheelbase – Special utility models bigger than even full-size SUVs, rare and used primarily for luxury purposes
Make Your SUV Fuel Efficient
Admittedly, SUV manufacturers have improved their newer models significantly in the last five years, but SUVs are still not exactly known for their fuel economy. However, a mini or a small SUV can certainly be a lot more fuel-efficient than any of the bigger, more traditional fuel-hungry SUV styles.
Whichever model you choose, you can save more by using fuel and engine monitoring apps that usually come with the following features:
- Car health monitoring
- Engine problem reminders
- Timely service reminders to keep your SUV fuel-efficient
Use Your New AWD for Some Off-Roading Adventures
If you invest in a robust AWD, it would be a waste to not take it on a few adventures. To get the most out of your new SUV, take the group out with you on a camping trip and you will truly come to appreciate your investment. No ordinary passenger car can even come close to the feel of driving a powerful all-wheel drive through the backroads of rural America.
Always Keep the Gas Tank Half Full
As SUVs (especially the larger AWDs) will run through the fuel tank fast, it’s important to keep an eye on the tank before every trip, and in between breaks during long trips. As long as you manage to keep the gas tank half-full most of the time, fuel condensation should not be a problem.
Avoid Accidents by Getting to Know Your SUV
Although there are many advantages of getting an SUV as your next car, in order to enjoy them, you will need to adjust yourself to the feel of driving an SUV first. This is an important step because the bigger dimensions may feel awkward initially, especially when you try to make sharp or narrow turns. Take it easy on the gas pedal and make slow turns for starters.
Buying your first SUV can be quite an exciting experience, as it is, by all means, an upgrade in comparison to regular four-seaters. Now that you know how to get the most out of your purchase, you are ready to learn about the perks firsthand!