When preparing to buy a sport utility vehicle, consider factors such as fuel economy, safety, cargo capacity and interior space. Also think about whether a two-wheel or four-wheel drive model is most appropriate for the intended use.
SUVs come in either car-based or truck-based versions. Called "crossovers," car-based SUVs are generally easier to handle and feature more passenger room. Truck-based SUV are usually superior for towing and off-road driving, but they are heavier and more expensive to operate than crossovers. Truck-based SUVs are also more expensive to insure. Since they feature larger engines that offer lower gas mileage, truck-based SUVs increase fuel costs.