It’s amazing to think about minivans 10-15 years ago. They were the ideal choice for bigger families, because of the comfort and roominess. Over time, automobile manufacturers decided to get away from minivans and focus on sports utility vehicles (SUVs). Today, you can drive down any road and about 30 to 40 percent of the vehicles are SUVs. Well, it might be a little bit different in your area, but the numbers are staggering.
If you try to find a minivan they look old, rusty, and it’s almost hard to believe it was the perfect option in the 1980s and 1990s. However, today you can find more comfort, more technology, better handling, and sportier design an SUV. Since you’re here, we can only assume you have started looking for your next sports utility vehicle, and we have four choices that might get your attention.
The Nissan Juke
Probably one of the coolest SUV designs on the market, the Nissan Juke looks more like an oversized car. It’s also one of the most inexpensive SUVs on the market; coming in at just over $21,000. This speedy little toy provides 188 horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder, and two different options for driving (front wheel and all-wheel).
The performance handling of the Nissan Juke allows you to take corners like a champ, and maneuver through traffic with ease. It also gets 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 26mpg in the city, which is great considering it’s not an electric vehicle. Add in the top-out speed of 124mph and you have yourself a great SUV starter.
A little less powerful than the Nissan Juke, the Mazda CX-3 still offers 146 horsepower and a top speed of 120mph. This new innovation offers everything from a suspension that is sports-tuned, to creative weight saving measures. While some of its competitors have moderate materials, the Mazda CX-3 is nothing short of high quality.
It also offers 27 miles per gallon in the city and up to 32mpg on the highway, which is great if you are looking to save money on fuel. Most importantly, out of the top 6 SUVs on the market in 2015, the Mazda CX-3 is one of the cheapest options available ($20,000).
Another SUV we actually got to test drive was the Fiat 500x. This vehicle is extremely spacious when compared to other Fiat models and it’s quite “peppy” at 144 horsepower. The only downfall we discovered was its low city mileage (21mpg). If you spend most of your time in the city, this probably isn’t the best choice.
However, its lavish appeal and sleek design still make it one of the most sought after Italian-made vehicles.
Any of these three SUVs might grab your attention, but it’s still important to look at all other options available. Whether it’s the Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax, or Buick Encore; there will be plenty of options so you can make a sound decision on your next SUV purchase.