Explore SUV across segment, review features, road tests and more.



Explore SUV across segment, review features, road tests and more.



Explore SUV across segment, review features, road tests and more.



Explore SUV across segment, review features, road tests and more.



Explore SUV across segment, review features, road tests and more.



We classify SUVs into subcompact, compact, midsize and full-size, with the midsize broken up into sub-segments based on whether they have two or three rows of seats. As you move up in size, you also move up in engine power, towing ability, passenger room and price. There are also luxury models in each of the groups.
Prices for base model subcompacts and compacts start on the opposite sides of 10 Lacs. Midsize and full-size SUVs vary greatly, with base models starting in the mid-20 Lacs and going all the way up to the mid-35 Lacs Luxury SUVs start around 32 lacs and can top out at more than 1 crore.
Compact SUVs offer both four- and six-cylinder engines. Midsize sport-utes typically come standard with six-cylinder engines, but can be had with four- and eight-cylinder power plants as well. Full-size SUVs feature V6 or V8 engines. The most economical four-cylinder compact SUVs can achieve combined mileage figures in the mid-to-high 20s, while most six-cylinder sport-utes average in the upper teens (though the handful of gas-electric hybrid models do much better than that). Full-size vehicles get between 12 and 20 mpg.
Family shoppers should find antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and stability control standard on every model. Rearview cameras are also increasingly standard, while high-tech electronics that warn inattentive drivers of blind-spot intrusion and impending collisions have migrated from strictly in the luxury realm down to mainstream brands. Shoppers should also be aware of crash test scores produced by NHTSA and the IIHS.
Luxuries like rearview cameras, automatic climate control, heated seats, smartphone interfaces, navigation systems, keyless start systems, power liftgates and Bluetooth capability can often be found in non-luxury SUVs. Look for them as you shop. Also keep an eye out for family-friendly features like rear-seat entertainment systems, flat-folding third-row seats, special storage bins and rear seats that slide and/or recline.
All but a few SUVs are designed to carry at least five passengers. Most subcompacts and compacts provide enough rear legroom for full-size adults, with several offering fore/aft seat adjustments to extend either passenger space or cargo capacity. The same goes for larger SUVs, but these wider vehicles are more likely to accommodate three-across seating. Most larger SUVs offer a third-row seat for additional passenger capacity. Such seats are generally best suited for kids, but several have third-row seats that can comfortably fit adults.
The term SUV, or sport-utility vehicle, has become shorthand for many different types of vehicles. Some lean more toward the "sport" side of the name, while others are much more focused on the "utility" aspect of the equation. With that in mind, you shouldn't assume that anything labeled as an SUV is necessarily built for one particular type of activity or another. The earliest SUVs were basically trucks with covered cargo beds. Although there are still some truck-based SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota 4Runner, most modern SUVs are designed primarily for carrying people first and cargo second. The move away from the truck-based SUV to something oriented more toward passenger comfort resulted in the creation of what we now know as the crossover vehicle. The term "SUV" and "crossover" are often used interchangeably, but crossovers are generally lighter-duty vehicles that are less capable of towing heavy loads or venturing very far off-road.

The term SUV, or sport-utility vehicle, has become shorthand for many different types of vehicles. Some lean more toward the "sport" side of the name, while others are much more focused on the "utility" aspect of the equation. With that in mind, you shouldn't assume that anything labeled as an SUV is necessarily built for one particular type of activity or another. The earliest SUVs were basically trucks with covered cargo beds. Although there are still some truck-based SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota 4Runner, most modern SUVs are designed primarily for carrying people first and cargo second. The move away from the truck-based SUV to something oriented more toward passenger comfort resulted in the creation of what we now know as the crossover vehicle. The term "SUV" and "crossover" are often used interchangeably, but crossovers are generally lighter-duty vehicles that are less capable of towing heavy loads or venturing very far off-road.
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