Page 1: Intro
It looked like a good buy. The color was right, it had a fair amount of horsepower, it looked great – and there was a nice fat rebate dangling at the end of the contract.So I bought it, and boy, did I ever buy it. A few weeks later, it dawned on me that my great new suv was actually built for Eskimos – people who need a vehicle that does well in the snow and can do some serious off-road work.
All I wanted to do was get to work every day.
I should have purchased a car-based SUV, and not a macho truck-based utility vehicle. One that drives more like a car than a truck, one that feels at home on the freeway – not the outback. SUVs break out into these two basic categories: car, and truck based. Car based SUVs are built for highway driving, family transportation. Most are built via a unibody construction and have front and rear independent suspensions.
Truck-based SUVs are much different. These are truly utility vehicles, built for off-roading and towing, and many are constructed body on frame and designed not so much for comfort as they are for ruggedness.