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The 5 best SUVs: what to buy and why

Even with the increase in gas prices, people continue to buy SUVs. The main reasons to buy an SUV are size and safety. That said, the SUV has been tailored to different needs and small and midsize SUVs are easy to find. With so many SUVs on the market (though fewer than there used to be) choosing the top 5 isn’t easy.

1. Honda Pilot 2011
The new Honda Pilot is definitely safe. It received 5 stars in front and side crash test ratings in government testing and got a very good 4 stars for rollover. When there is a family inside, that is important. It can comfortably accommodate eight people. There is a 5-speed automatic transmission and a 3.5-liter engine, with the ability to turn off half the cylinders for increased fuel economy. The overall rating for the Honda Pilot is 19 miles per gallon. It has the features you’d expect, with stability, traction control, and antilock brakes, all for a base price of just over $ 28,000.

2. 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
The Santa Fe is arguably the best of the mid-size budget deals to look for when shopping for an SUV. It seats five passengers and does exactly what an SUV should do, that is, transport people. The cargo area can be expanded to an impressive 78 cubic feet, and with a combined mileage of 23 mpg, it is economical to operate. There is a four-cylinder engine, although a V6 is optional and offers very similar fuel consumption. Compared to other SUVs, it may not be the sportiest on the block, but the base price of $ 21,695 is sure to win over a lot of fans and represents excellent value for money.

3. Lexus RX350 2010
Lexus is synonymous with luxury, and it also offers that in its SUVs. Starting at over $ 37,000, this model has that luxury, but at a price. It’s surprisingly inexpensive to drive, offers 20 combined mpg, and is probably the most comfortable offering on the market. There’s plenty of room for 5 to travel comfortably and the cargo bay also expands to 80 cubic feet. It has won many best buy stickers and being a Lexus it holds its resale value well.

4. Toyota 4Runner
The Toyota 4Runner has been around for many years, but for those who use SUVs for off-roading, it is still the vehicle of choice. Many think that the optional V6 not only works better if you are towing (the 4Runner can tow up to 5,000 pounds), but also with the use of 90 cubic feet of cargo space. With a combined mileage of 20 mpg, it’s still very economical, a true workhorse of a vehicle.

5. 2011 Chevrolet Equinox
Among compacts, the recommended SUV to buy is the Equinox. There are options for AWD and V6. There is less cargo space than with other SUVs (about 64 cubic feet), but it is a smaller vehicle. Reviews claim that it drives like a sedan and has excellent fuel economy. It is great in safety, having obtained excellent in the crash test.

Everyone is looking for something different when buying SUVs. Some may consider price, fuel consumption, safety, while others opt for space and comfort. With SUVs, some may like the sportiness, while others will want the off-road capabilities. With such a wide variety of great SUVs to choose from, you should be able to buy the SUV that meets all your needs.

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