The pros and cons of buying an SUVBy Kijiji Autos
Now that almost every car class offers larger-capacity models, there are many positives to buying an SUV, or Sports Utility Vehicle. However, whether or not its the right vehicle for you is another matter.
Available in a wide variety of price points and sizes, SUV and crossovers are the fastest growing car type on the road today. From the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue, to the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Explorer, there is an ever-growing abundance of SUVs to choose from.
Thanks to their rugged build and capable handling, it’s clear that SUVs and crossovers aren’t going away anytime soon. This article is designed to help you decide if an SUV is right for you.
Five reasons to buy an SUV or crossover
1. Plenty of passenger space
Although this isn’t necessarily true for every SUV, when compared to smaller city cars the SUV delivers ample room. Designed to fit the whole family, these vehicles tend to offer plenty of leg and headspace, as well as large storage capabilities, which makes for an all-around comfortable ride.
2. Easy to get in and out of
Again, thanks to the larger build of these vehicles it’s much easier to climb into it without having to stoop. This benefit also applies to your children, as it is much easier to get them safely buckled into the back seats when you can stand up straight.
3. Unobstructed view
Thanks to the size of an SUV or crossover, you’ll typically find that you have a better view of your surroundings from the driver’s seat. This improved road vision means that you’re able to read the road more effectively, giving you a better chance of knowing if or when you need to slow down.
4. Rugged capabilities
Two of the major selling features of an SUV or crossover are their towing and off-road driving abilities. Although not all are designed specifically for these purposes, the rugged construction of a sports utility vehicle lends itself more handily to overcoming difficult terrain and road conditions typical to Canadian winters.
5. Value retention
Thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of SUVs and crossovers, they are much less likely to depreciate in value than other cars. They’re built to last and represent a good investment that you can sell later for a decent price.
Two reasons not to buy an SUV or crossover
1. They aren’t fuel efficient
Although a number of SUVs and crossovers boast fairly impressive fuel consumption, they are generally considered very inefficient when compared to compact cars. These vehicles produce greater drag while driving and are generally much heavier than a smaller vehicle.
2. They’re less stable
Thanks to their higher center of gravity, SUVs and crossovers are much more top-heavy than traditional cars, making them much less stable on the road. Their tall and broad construction also means that they are susceptible to particularly strong winds and can tilt on sharp corners.
Whether or not you could benefit from owning an SUV or crossover depends on your own unique needs. Hopefully, this helped contextualize some of the great positives and negatives to owning a sports utility vehicle. Check on Kijiji Autos for a number of SUV and CUV options at a variety of price points.
Easily find your next ride on Kijiji AutosSearch now
How to buy your next car online in Canada
As manufacturers and dealers recognize that the global pandemic is a long-term reality, the auto industry is rolling out more services to buy a car online in Canada. From the comfort of your own home, you can easily browse the latest models, apply for financing, make a purchase and get your brand...
How to budget for your next vehicle confidently
Do vehicle payment options feel complicated? Lawrence Romanosky from Porsche Centre Calgary is here to steer you right on the differences between financing and leasing and what you should consider before signing on the dotted line. For an in-depth look at financing and leasing, check out...
Line of credit, lease, or finance? A dealer breaks down what’s best for you
I’m Lawrence Romanosky from Porsche Centre Calgary. If you haven’t already, please check out my Dealer Advice video where I make it simple to understand the basic differences between financing and leasing a vehicle. If are you after a more detailed rundown of your options for paying for a new...
How to buy a car from a dealer confidently
Need help navigating your car shopping journey? Sharnelle Kan from Weins Canada is here to steer you right with the Kijiji Autos app. Her expert advice will make it easier to start your search, find a great car, and confidently reach out to a top dealer. Visit Kijiji Autos and get your car...
10 popular SUVs and crossovers in Canada
There's no doubt that Canadians navigate a wide variety of weather and lifestyle conditions every day. This makes a fun, practical and comfortable SUV or crossover a solid vehicle choice, from coast to coast. Listed in no particular order, check out these 10 popular SUV and crossover models to...
The best features of 10 popular hatchbacks
If you are in the market for a hatchback, you'll want to check out this overview of these 10 models and the features that make them so popular. Kijiji Autos will help you confidently choose between the best hatchbacks, including used, sporty and hybrid models – whatever is a priority for you.
10 popular vans in Canada
Cargo vans and minivans can meet the needs of many drivers. There are plenty of models to choose from at various price points, which can make it difficult to pick the van that's right for you. Whether it's passenger capacity or cargo space you're after, Kijiji Autos is here to help with your search.
Top 10 popular pickup trucks in Canada
The pickup truck has always been a symbol of utility and strength, and lately, many models have become luxury family vehicles that leave nothing to be desired. In no particular order, these popular brands represent a range of available features, engine types and towing capacities. Check out the...
10 popular sedans in Canada
Sedans are versatile vehicles that meet a variety of driving needs. Are you looking for a sedan in your area? With so many different styles, sizes and price points to choose from, it can be difficult to pick a model from such a long list of award-winning vehicles. In no particular order, these...
What you should know about these 10 popular wagons
If you are looking to buy a wagon, explore Kijiji Autos list of these popular models, and the features that make them a great choice for your next car. This list is in no particular order and will help you easily choose between great wagons, whether you’re looking for luxury, affordable, small...