Rea­sons you should buy an SUV

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES -

IN TH­ESE days of headachecaus­ing petrol prices, cli­mate change and so­cial up­heaval, the pres­sure to down­size your ve­hi­cle is over­whelm­ing.

But there are some very le­git­i­mate rea­sons to own and drive an SUV. Don’t get turned around by peer pres­sure. Don’t let your neigh­bours se­lect your ve­hi­cle for you with their dis­ap­prov­ing looks. When you need an SUV, you need an SUV.

Here are five rea­sons to buy an SUV or cross­over ve­hi­cle.


If you are re­spon­si­ble for trans­port­ing a big fam­ily, it may not be pos­si­ble to trans­port ev­ery­one in one ve­hi­cle un­less you drive an SUV. If your fam­ily of seven needs to get from point A to point B at the same time and all you own is a car, you are go­ing to have to make mul­ti­ple trips or take mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cles. One trip in an SUV, and you have saved fuel, taken up less space in traf­fic and in the park­ing lot, and made max­i­mum use of your re­sources.


Even in times of eco­nomic strife, peo­ple still have hob­bies. And some of those hob­bies re­quire tow­ing. If you love horses, mo­tor­cy­cles, boats, fish­ing, camp­ing or even an­tiquing, chances are you need to tow once in a while, if not more of­ten. You can add a tow­ing kit to a car, but it’s a Franken­stein op­er­a­tion at best. Many SUVs ar­rive with tow­ing ca­pa­bil­ity built right in, and some even come with trailer sway con­trol. Why tow with a car when you can tow with an SUV?


It’s not just the ground clear­ance and the beefy sus­pen­sion sys­tems that make SUVs bet­ter off-road than cars. It’s also trans­mis­sions and dif­fer­en­tials that are de­signed to per­form off-road. It is un­der­body pro­tec­tion, like skid plates, which many SUVs are equipped with. Fea­tures like hill de­scent con­trol and low range; fend­ers that are shaped to ac­com­mo­date long sus­pen­sion travel, and hoods that slope away from the driver for vis­i­bil­ity prove that SUVs were cre­ated for of­froad­ing, and they’ve still got that abil­ity.


Pic­ture this: You’re driv­ing down the road and as you come around a cor­ner you see a fan­tas­tic re­cliner on the curb with a sign that says “FREE.” The chair is in per­fect shape. Dark clouds are form­ing over­head – it’s about to rain. If you don’t take this chair right now, it’s go­ing to get ru­ined, which would be a ter­ri­ble shame. Luck­ily, you’re driv­ing your SUV. You pull over, lift the tail­gate, put the sec­ond and third row seats flat and mus­cle the re­cliner into the cargo bay. Slam the tail­gate shut, drive on home and en­joy your new chair. If you were in a coupe or a sedan, that beau­ti­ful re­cliner would be wa­ter­logged right now, and you’d be sit­ting in your old bean­bag chair. An in­surance pol­icy is a con­tract be­tween you and an in­surance com­pany, in which they prom­ise to take over the fi­nan­cial costs of cer­tain risks. The pol­icy de­scribes the item(s) cov­ered, the risks you are cov­ered against and spec­i­fies your rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, along with the terms and lim­its of the cover.


Sit­ting up higher, you can see fur­ther down the road. Some­times, you can even see over other traf­fic, which can help you to pre­pare for haz­ards ahead and avoid trou­ble. Com­mand seat­ing po­si­tion also helps in park­ing lots (you can see empty spa­ces), in the sub­urbs (you can see over hedges) and off-road (you can see over ob­sta­cles).

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