Best SUV To Buy

When Only The Best Will Do – The Best SUV To Buy

The SUV market used to offer only a few models with limited options. Today’s market offers so many models that it can be overwhelming to find the best SUV to buy.

Most buyers do research on the internet prior to ever setting a foot on a car lot. Knowing what you are looking for by brand, model, options and safety ratings and so on will make the buying experience much easier. There really is no need to drive from car dealer to car dealer to look at their SUV line-up if you invest some time beforehand and do your research.

How To Find The Best SUV To Buy For Your Individual Needs

Determining your individual needs and preferences will narrow the list of SUVs down considerably. Do you love luxury and enjoy a leather interior or do you need to have room to seat 7 are all questions you have to answer for yourself. Other factors may include the engine size, fuel efficiency, safety ratings, overall reliability and handling.

As a buyer you have to decide what is important to you and what you can live without. The best SUV for the money is the SUV that fits your needs. Your basic choices are either a midsize, large, luxury or hybrid SUV. The rankings and reviews for the best SUV to buy by category are now available for the 2011 models.

Best SUV To Buy - Buick Enclave

The best midsize SUV to buy and ranked 1 out of 23 is the 2011 Buick Enclave. This SUV features seating for up to eight, smooth handling, a luxurious and stylish interior and a sleek exterior. The Enclave has second-row bucket seats, similar to the seats in a Nissan Quest, which can be moved forward and back to allow enough room for taller passengers. The automatic tri-zone climate control will ensure all passengers are comfortable.

Some of the security features of the 2011 Buick Enclave include ABS and Panic Brake Assist, StabiliTrak, traction control and OnStar. The cargo space is huge when the second and third-row seats are folded down: 3265 L (115.3 cu. ft.). Right now the Enclave is not available with a V-8 engine. The fuel economy is average with 17/24 mpg city/highway. The Buick Enclave starts at just over $35,000 which makes it one of the more expensive midsize SUVs on the market.

Best Large SUV To Buy - Chevrolet Tahoe

The best large SUV to buy and the best of eight competitors is the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe. The Tahoe is available in three different models, the LS, LT and LTZ. The interior received rave reviews for its quality. The passenger seating capacity is equal to the Buick Enclave but the third row was repeatedly listed as very uncomfortable. All models have a 5.3 L engine to power this large SUV.

Even though the Tahoe handles surprisingly well for its size, the 39.0 ft turning radius is much wider than that of other SUVs. StabiliTrak, traction control, ABS, running lights and Tire Pressure Monitor are standard safety features. Rear parking assist is available. The V8 engine is fuel-efficient compared to other comparable full size SUVs and will get 15/21 mpg city/highway. The Tahoe starts with a price tag of $37,950 for the 2 wheel drive and around $54,500 for the 4 x4 LTZ model.

Best Large SUV To Buy - Audi Q5

The 2011 Audi Q5 is the best luxury SUV to buy. The sleek exterior combined with a top of the line interior make this SUV one of the best in its category. The Q5 has a five passenger seating capacity but the rear seats are a little cramped to fit adults comfortably. This is very common in this class. The trunk space is rather small in comparison to other SUVs in this category.

The Q5 makes up for these minor drawbacks with its sporty performance and overall quality. The Q5 received the highest safety ratings for the 2011 model and features like ABS, traction control, airbags and many more are standard. The Audi Q5 is fuel-efficient with an estimated 20/27 mpg city /hwy. The Q5 has one of the highest prices in its class and starts around $35,000. With a few upgrades the price can easily reach $40,000 and up.

Best Large SUV To Buy - Lexus 450 h

In the hybrid category the Lexus RX 450 h stands out, making it the best hybrid SUV to buy. Lexus is known for quality, safety, luxury and high-tech features and the Lexus RX 450 h is no exception. High- tech options include a Mark Levinson sound system, LED headlights and an electronics interface. The hybrid gets an impressive 32/28 mpg city/hwy.

The 3.5 L engine offers a smooth and quite ride. The base model comes with standard safety features and optional Navigation System and/or DVD player. With a price tag of almost $45,000 for the base model this SUV is pretty expensive. Add a couple of options and the price can reach $55.000. The gas only model sells for $5,000 less.

So now it’s only up to you to decide which one is the best SUV to buy for your needs and budget.

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