What Was the First SUV Ever Made?

The first sport utility vehicle ever made was the Chevrolet Suburban, which was introduced in 1935. As of 2015, the Chevrolet Suburban is also the world's oldest automobile nameplate that is still being produced.

Sport utility vehicles, or SUVs, are passenger vehicles that are built on light-truck chassis. It must be mentioned, however, that the automotive industry has no clear-cut definition for what an SUV really is. Along with the light-truck chassis, most SUVs are powered by the same engine that is used to power light trucks. Some SUVs also come with multi-wheel drive features for on-road and off-road driving.

The first Chevrolet Suburban was made using a conventional truck chassis based on the concept that the vehicle was to "carry all." A passenger compartment was built over the chassis where a typical wooden loading floor would usually be. The result was a very spacious vehicle that also had enough space for cargo.

The 1935 Chevrolet had eight rows of seating with each capable of seating up to eight persons. The vehicle, which had a 90-horsepower engine and a wooden body, was initially built for the National Guard units and Civilian Conservation Corps. Chevrolet would soon offer the "CarryAll Suburban" for families. The CarryAll version featured an all metal body, rear panel doors and a rear tailgate/window.