Questions to Ask When Buying an SUV

You have a big family and you spend a lot of time traveling from soccer field to baseball field to dance class. You and your family are all crammed in the little Ford Fusion driving down State Street toward West Valley City, Utah. As your kids are bickering in the back seat, you dread the upcoming weekend. You and your clan are going on a road trip to visit family — that small of a space for how long?

If you and your family are outgrowing your small car, you may want to consider upgrading to an SUV. When purchasing an SUV, these are some of the questions you need to be asking.


One question you will want to consider when buying an SUV is if you want a crossover such as a Ford Edge or Ford Flex, or instead a conventional SUV such as a Ford Explorer. The difference between a crossover and a conventional SUV is that a crossover is smaller and typically similar to driving a car. Conventional SUV’s drive more like trucks and have towing capacities.

Size Requirements

The size of SUV’s varies. If you want a bigger vehicle, but not too over the top, you may want a subcompact SUV. This can seat five and it may be plenty of space for some families. If you have a larger family, or just want more space, you can find large SUVs with third row seating. Before going to the dealership, know what you want so they can help you find exactly what you need.

Two-Wheel vs. Four-Wheel Drive 

Take into consideration what type of driving you are doing and where you will be doing it. If you are just driving around the city, two-wheel drive may be just fine. If you and your family go on many road trips, you may want to invest in four-wheel drive. A four-wheel drive vehicle, such as the Ford Explorer, may be better in colder climates with snow and rough-terrain.



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