Love those Sport Utility Vehicles!
We have selected six new SUV's that are worth serious consideration if you are in the market for a new vehicle.
SUV lovers enjoy having the towing capacity of a truck, the carrying space of a minivan or station wagon and the off-road capability.
We strongly recommend that you go out and test drive the vehicles. Before heading out, build your wish list and consider the needs of you and your family.
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe The Santa Fe is not a flashy vehicle, perhaps a little bit plain for some tastes. It is very dependable and exceptionally practical.
The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is a five passenger crossover SUV available in GLS, SE and Limited trim levels.
Highlights of this vehicle include heated mirrors, a 60/40 split folding rear seat, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, and a satellite radio. The Premium package adds a sunroof, a rearview camera, a touchscreen navigation system and an upgraded audio system.
Go to www.hyundaicanada.com for more information.
2012 Acura MDX
The 2012 Acura MDX could be the best luxury crossover you haven't yet considered.
Often lost among the European-style icons, the American bulk carriers and its own Japanese rivals.
Inside its cabin, the dream begins. Soft leather, handsome wood trim, and buttons, switches and knobs with a precise action to them demonstrate, Acura's attention to detail.
The MDX comes with a wealth of standard features, but three available packages push the tech and luxury into territory more familiar to buyers of European models.
Go to www.acura.ca for more information.
When making your choice, consider "your needs"and the following! Towing capacity for boats, campers and trailers. Light and hitch packages should be reviewed.
- Space for hockey bags and sticks. Is there a pass through so that sticks don't take up a spot in the back seat?
- Are you into home renovations and constantly moving lumber, tools etc? Is there a protective mat that protects the carpet in the back?
- Golf Bags.Youwould be surprised at the number of vehicleswhere you need to fold a seat down in order to get the golf clubs in.
- Ability to install a bike rack.
- Entertainment system, including DVD for the rear seat passengers!
2012 Volkswagen Touareg
Handsome is a good work to describe this vehicle. The squarer front design, now with the familiar VW family grille and headlight design grafted onto this mid-sized SUV, is done with good effect. The bright chrome accent strip along the bottom of the doors is a nice touch, as is the polished skid plate just under the rear hatch opening.
The standard interior comes very nicely fitted with a long list of toys, including navigation, power driver seat, heated seats, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth. The TDI also gets a powerlift gate.
Go to www.vw.ca
2012 Lincoln MKX
One of the sexiest SUV's on the road. The "toothy" grille makes quite the statement.
The MKX looks more truck-like than car. It's still luxurious, quiet, handsome, and well built.
The MyLincoln Touch technology has created a new way for driver and vehicle to interact. The controls are simple, there is an emphasis on voice activiation and it's smart technology.
Go to www.lincolncanada.com for more information.
2012 Honda Pilot
The Pilot SUV is big inside and out, but manages to feel like a much smaller vehicle.
It does represent what many SUV consumers are looking for with the elevated height, space for the family and good towing capability.
There is lots of power should you decide to tow something, and ample room to store your camping gear. Around town, it is small enough to get into a tight parking spot but with room for eight passengers you can take the whole family with you.
Many will like the triple climate zones, each with its own set of controls. Go to www.honda.ca for more information.
2012 Chevrolet Equinox
The Equinox is an SUV with handling and fuel economy that are about on par with a mid-size sedan, plus a taller body that brings more space and versatility.
As one of the roomier crossover vehicles, it is a compelling choice for those who are looking for affordable comfort in a well equipped vehicle that is good for family duty.
Interesting options include, a rear-seat entertainment system, a navigation system, leather seating, heated seats, Bluetooth, a sunroof, a rearview camera and a remote start.
Go to www.chevrolet.gm.ca for more information.