Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs)

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Updated: 3/28/2003 12:53 pm Published: 3/28/2003 12:53 pm

Sport Utility Vehicles, or SUVs (S-U-Vs), are some of the most popular vehicles on the road. They have many of the same qualities of passenger cars, but also offer special features for off-road operation. The 'sport' in sport utility means that the vehicle is capable of working with an active lifestyle, for example carrying bikes or camping gear to remote locations; the 'utility' refers to its usefulness in towing and hauling large cargo. This versatility is what makes these vehicles so popular. You can take an SUV to the mountains or to the grocery store. Most owners keep their SUVs in the city, running errands or taking the family to events. When shopping for an SUV, you'll find assorted options and packages to choose from. Some of these vehicles are designed for luxury and seating capacity, while others are built for rugged operation and maximum cargo space. Many SUVs also come with four-wheel drive to navigate off-road or in bad weather. It's best to identify your exact needs before you visit a dealership. Then you'll want to test drive an SUV to get a feel for the vehicle. Since these vehicles sit higher off the road, handling is quite different from a passenger car. But once you get the hang of driving an SUV, a new world of adventure opens up to you. For more information on Sport Utility Vehicles, consult an automotive professional.

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