Types of SUV and which one you should rent

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SUVs are slowly overtaking the segment of the sedan, a body style which was very popular previously. SUVs have seen tremendous popularity in its usage, especially in the last decade. There is so much variety within SUVs.

It can get confusing sometimes to decide which one you should rent to meet your transportation needs.

Today, we are going to discuss different types of SUVs so you can make a better decision.

SUVs come in many sizes including:

  • Compact crossover
  • Crossover
  • Mid-size
  • Full-size

Let’s dig a little deeper into the sizes.

Crossovers are the smallest SUVs you are going to come across. These are called crossovers because they include the design elements from both sedan and SUVs.

While these small cars can go in moderate off-road conditions, they are not designed to provide an optimal experience in tough off-road conditions. Offering better fuel-mileage, these perform great on roads and highways.

Toyota RAV4

First manufactured in 1994, the Toyota RAV4 is a popular compact SUV all over the world.

It is equipped with a 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine which is combined with eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine delivers 203 horsepower. The 2020 model of the SUV features great capabilities including:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high beams

It comes with powerful LED headlights, a large 7-inch touchscreen, a high-quality rear-view camera and sturdy 17-inch steel wheels.

The split-folding seats at the rear enhance the comfort.

The price of Toyota RAV4 starts at $27,070

The crossover delivers 35 mpg highway, 26 mpg city and 30 mpg combined.

Mid-size SUV

A mid-size SUV is bigger. These are the most versatile SUVs. When equipped with four-wheel drive, they can handle any rugged surface. With two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, they can still bear moderate off-road conditions.

With spacious seating, these cars come with a six-cylinder or eight-cylinder engine. Mid-size SUVs can carry 7 or 8 passengers with a lot of cargo space.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee is a crossover that comes with V6 and optional V8 engine. Although the generation of car is old as it was introduced somewhere around 2010, it is still among the most in-demand crossovers. The vehicle is offered in different engines. However, the standard is a 3.6 litre engine that produces 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque combined with 8-speed automatic transmission.

Coming in 9 different trims, Jeep Grand Cherokee is offered at $33,540. It can tow up to 6,200 with a six-cylinder engine, while the eight-cylinder engine can even tow 7,200 pounds.

Full-size SUV

Full-size SUVs are truck-like vehicles. With massive towing capability, these cars can haul a large number of people and provide a high driving position.

These are mostly available in four-wheel drive and are used to drive in extreme off-road conditions. Whether you want to hit the dunes or climb the large rocks, these offer ideal traction on every surface.

The downside is that the chance of a rollover is much higher in these cars because of the heavyweight. Difficult to accelerate, full-size SUVs also eat more fuel as these come with powerful six-cylinder or eight-cylinder engines.

Ford Explorer

With massive cargo space and great passenger hauling capacity, ford explorer is a popular full-size SUV. The vehicles come with a powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Other features in the car include:

  • Automated emergency braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto capability

The base trim of the full-size SUV is offered at $33,960, while the Platinum variants are priced at a whopping $59,445. Lower trims feature a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower.

The Platinum trim is equipped with a powerful 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder that makes 365 horsepower.

Which SUV should you rent?

Coming back to the question, the right type of SUV depends on your needs. If you want to explore off-road then you need a powerful SUV that can endure any situation and can maintain traction on any rugged surface, so opting for a full-size 4×4 is a good choice.

If you think you will be spending most of your time on the road, then you can opt for a crossover or a mid-size SUV. If you have to carry a large group then opting for a mid-size SUV would be a smart decision as these vehicles can accommodate up to 8 people. If you are looking for cheap car rentals then you should pick a subcompact SUV because it costs less.


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