Reasons you should buy an SUV
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.
SUVS CARRY MORE PEOPLE EFFICIENTLY
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.
SUVS CAN TOW MORE THAN CARS
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?
SUVS ARE BETTER OFF-ROAD
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.
SUVS CAN CARRY MORE CARGO
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.
SUVS HAVE A COMMAND SEATING POSITION
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).