There’s a huge number of SUVs on the automotive market today that are available in price ranges from the downright affordable to the undeniably expensive. SUVs are one of the most popular classes of automobiles on the market today and many families have turned to SUVs rather than vans to get their larger families around.
Some SUVs have three rows of seating allowing as many as eight people to ride in relative comfort. Other SUVs are smaller and support only five passengers. Whatever your needs, there is undoubtedly an SUV on the market to meet them. Read on to check out five of the coolest and most interesting SUVs on the market today.
When it comes SUVs, Porsche makes one of the most expensive and best performing out there. The Porsche SUV is called the Cayenne and it’s one of those SUVs that some people love and others hate on styling alone. Porsche offers multiple versions of the SUV, including the high-end Turbo S starting $146,000. That much money gets you a SUV that would embarrass many sports cars on the roads today with a top speed of 175 mph and a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds.
At the other end of the scale, you have the standard Cayenne that features a 300 hp motor with a top speed of 142 mph and 0 to 60 time of 7.1 seconds. The standard version of the Cayenne starts at $49,600.
Another popular full-size SUV available in the US with a V-8 engine and three row seating is the Nissan Armada. The Armada is able to seat eight people and has four doors. It has a 5.6-liter V8 engine producing 317 hp and can get 19 mpg on highway. The starting price for the Armada is $41,290 for the base SV model. A fully loaded Platinum version will set you back $53,860. The good news is that Nissan offers healthy discounts on these large SUVs and at times you can find them at up to $10,000 off list pricing. Chevrolet Tahoe
One of the most popular SUVs in the United States is the Chevrolet Tahoe. The Tahoe has available three row seating and V-8 power. It’s also available in an even longer version with more storage capacity called the Suburban. The Tahoe starts at $39,830 and uses a Chevrolet 5.3 L V-8 engine able to achieve 21 mpg on highway. This is a big full-size SUV favored by police departments and soccer moms all around the country. Chevrolet also offers the Tahoe as a hybrid starting at $53,045.
The new Ford Explorer is a midsize SUV that offers less space than full-size offerings on the market from other manufacturers, but makes up for that with an easier to handle stature and significantly better fuel economy. The Explorer starts at $29,100 and has a variety of engines available including a 3.5-liter EcoBoost and a 2.0-liter EcoBoost. The vehicle can get up to 28 mpg on the highway depending on the engine chosen. High-end models can go up to close to $50,000, but the new Explorer can be downright affordable if you’re looking for a budget people hauler with good looks.
Dodge redesigned its aging Durango SUV a couple years ago and it’s much nicer looking today. The vehicle is offering a wide range of models starting at $29,495. The standard engine is a V-6 producing a decent amount horsepower and offering a highway driving range of 550 miles. The Durango can also be optioned with the V-8 engine producing up to 360 hp. Dodge also boasts that the Durango has the best in class towing capacity when properly option at up to 7400 pounds.