When it comes time to buy a car, you need to decide a few things before you start looking. First, decide whether you’re purchasing a new car or a used car? With new cars you’ll have a warranty and a vehicle that you know will function right, whereas with a used car it can be a gamble. However, the cost of the vehicle may make all the difference. The next thing to consider is whether you’re looking for a sedan, truck, minivan, SUV, coupe, wagon, etc. If you’re looking for an SUV, here are a few things you should know.
First, consider whether you are in the market for a mini/compact, mid-size, or full-size SUV. The size of the vehicle will affect the price, the engine capacity, and the fuel economy. When it comes to the engine, a compact SUV typically will have either a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine, mid-size will be six-cylinder with the option of eight, while full-size SUVs are almost always V8 engines. Keep in mind safety as you look. You want something with great safety ratings and full airbag coverage. Passenger capacity may be another thing to consider. Most SUVs are designed to carry at least five adults, but many full-size SUVs might have second row and third-row options. Another thing to consider is whether you want a two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive package. If you live in an area with heavy snow and rough terrain, it might be worth it to get an SUV with all-wheel or four-wheel drive although this may impact the vehicle’s fuel economy. Once you’ve narrowed down your options you can start test-driving at your local car dealer.