It used to be that SUVs were considered too big, too expensive, and took too much gas to really be a viable alternative for large active families. That is no longer the case. Manufacturers heard those complaints and they responded in a big way, developing several compact SUVs that are easy to buy, easy to handle, and easy on the wallet.
The 2011 Nissan Juke is a highly innovative and stylish SUV that starts at $19,570. You see the innovation in the Juke immediately upon seeing it. It sports a curvaceous, unique frame with oversized headlamps and sporty overall look. The Juke also flexes a turbo-charged, direct-injected 1.6 Liter 4-cylinder engine with 180 horsepower. All this power doesn’t hurt your wallet however. Juke still gets 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
The cutting-edge innovation continues inside the vehicle as Juke keep you connected via satellite radio, Ipod input, and Bluetooth in the base model. If you get the SV model, you can also expect a sunroof, privacy glass, keyless entry/ignition, automatic climate control, upgraded upholstery, and the Integrated Control system. Juke doesn’t forget about safety either. It features side and curtain airbags, traction control, and stability control. Juke really is an amazing sport SUV for the whole family.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is a stylish, practical new crossover SUV that will overwhelm you with the number of features it has for such a small price. Outlander typically starts at $21,400. It flexes a 2.4 liter, 168 hp engine that supplies surprising acceleration. Getting this kind of power doesn’t come at the cost of gas mileage however, as Outlander still pumps out 23 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
Outlander is also one of the safest vehicles on the market, and many of its features are designed to entertain you while still keeping you safe. For example, comes with hands-free calling, allowing you to use your phone while still safely operating your vehicle. It also comes with voice command for your Ipod, which lets you manage your music in a safe manner. Add to this the fact that Outland has dual-stage front airbags, side-impact head protection curtain airbags, font-seat side thorax airbags, Traction Control, and anti-lock brakes, and you can drive your car knowing you are always safe. Additionally, adding to your peace of mind is the fact that Outlander comes with a 5 year/60,000 mile warranty and a 10 year/100,000 mile power-train warranty.
The Ford Edge is a gorgeous combination of style and practicality. It starts at around $28,000, up to around $36,000 for the top-of-the-line model. Edge also now boasts a more powerful 285 hp, 3.5 liter V-6 engine with a 6 speed transmission. All this power comes in a very economical package as Edge still manages to get 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. If you find yourself wanting even more power, you can opt for the Edge Sport, which comes with a 350 hp engine taken from the Mustang.
Edge isn’t all power though. It features comfort and luxury as well. Seating 5 comfortably, Edge comes standard with DVD players, navigation, as well as a panoramic roof. More impressively, it features SYNC technology from Microsoft, which provides an audio system with a hard drive as well as Bluetooth technology. With all this power and all these options, Edge is sure to please.
Originally known as the Suzuki Vitara, Grand Vitara first hit the market in 2006. Grand Vitara comes in two different styles – the 2 door and the 4 door. The 4 door style is a hard top with a 2.0L engine that has 130 hp. If you opt for the 2 door, you’ll get a removable soft-top that has a 1.6L, 97 hp engine. Whether you go 2-door or 4-door, you have the option of either a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission. Either way, you get a small Sport Utility Vehicle that is big on satisfaction.
With a sticker price starting at just $22,000, if you’re not careful, you may miss everything else about the Chevy Equinox. The price isn’t the only thing to be excited about. Equinox comes standard with a 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder engine that gets an eye-popping 32 miles per gallon. For those who want a little more power behind the wheel, there is also a bigger V6 engine available. Equinox provides plenty of room for passengers of all sizes with its 40 inches of leg room for backseat riders. It also features at least 10 different storage units inside. This is in addition to the sunroof, navigation, satellite radio, and the Wi-Fi hotspot built into the Equinox. It really does make you wonder how they fit so much into so little.