And The Award For Best SUV Goes To…..
The 2011 sport utility class combines the additional interior space and truck type utility with the smooth handling and comfort of a car, so choosing which brand and model is the best SUV is a difficult task.
With gasoline prices climbing and fuel efficiency a priority, the big engine and super large models are losing their appeal. The latest trends are showing that the design of the sport utility is still a sought after product, but there is a definite shift in consumer interest towards the fuel efficient SUV. This shift is moving toward the midsize models that combine the best of the larger vehicles with the conservative features of smaller cars.
The midsize sport utility market is quickly becoming the new chart topper in the category of best SUV; the midsize SUV is showing a March sales increase of over 40 percent from recorded sales in March of 2010. The large size SUV has shown no increase in sales percentages from this same time last year. This data suggests that the best SUV will be found in this midsize class. Some of the vehicle options in this class are the Volkswagen Touareg, Lexus RX 350 and the Lincoln MKT.
When selecting one of these as the best SUV available, it is necessary to compare the similarities and differences for each of these three options. This could be achieved using any number of criteria but the three greatest factors influencing auto sales are fuel economy, features and price.
Final Selection For The Best SUV
The Volkswagen Touareg is designed with a roomy interior and redesigned exterior that provides the comfort and style you would expect from an automobile of this caliber. As a hybrid, it also offers 23 miles per gallon on the highway. With a base MSRP between $44,000 and $60,000, this can place the Touareg at the high side of the price range for these comparisons.
Next is the Lexus RX 350. This option provides the luxury and comfort that you might expect from the Lexus family of automobiles, but sacrifices some of the extras to keep the overall price lower than comparable SUVs in its class. With an estimated 25 miles per gallon on the highway and an MSRP between $38,000 and $40,000, the Lexus 350 offers the largest fuel savings with the smallest sticker price of this group.
The final selection is the Lincoln MKT. Similar to the others in style, comfort and luxury, the MKT comes with a price tag between $44,000 and $50,000 and 23 miles per gallon on the highway. All things being equal, the MKT is considered to be less attractive than the competition. Priced above the Lexus and comparable to the Touareg, this lack in appearance makes this vehicle only attractive to the Lincoln loyalist but not a front-runner for the best SUV award.
By eliminating the Lincoln MKT from the race, the criteria are divided into the additional features of the Touareg, versus the fuel economy and lower sticker price of the Lexus RX 350. By conceding that the Volkswagen has a little more to offer, is not to say that the Lexus has nothing to offer. And the award for best SUV goes to, the 2011 Lexus RX 350. The Lexus will provide plenty of class and style while maintaining better fuel economy with a savings of over $4,000.
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