What is an SUV? Do you know what is interesting about this question? There is no, one specific answer to it. According to some automobile manufacturers, it is a truck/pickup based vehicle and according to others, it is simply a utility vehicle. But hey, what’s in a name; it’s the driving experience that counts. You might be thinking that if there is no agreed upon definition of an SUV then, at least the manufacturers must have agreed upon its design. Wrong again. Early models of SUVs were built with a body on a chassis and only had 2 doors. However, things have changed since then. Now, SUVs have 4 doors and the era of body-on-chassis is over.
SUVs have been in production for almost more than a decade and have a high rollover risk but still for some people, it is a vehicle of choice. With that said, almost all the manufacturers will be floating their new and improved versions of SUVs in the market next year and many potential buyers and car fanatics are already eagerly waiting for the upgraded models of these SUVs to be released. Enough information to clear the throat; now, it’s time to discuss some of the most awaited SUVs of 2017;
1. Jeep Cherokee
Jeep, as you may know, is a brand that is popular for making rough and tough SUVs and this is what their upcoming version of their SUV, named the Cherokee, will be all about. With a 2.4-liter, V6 engine coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission system, this SUV is able to produce an energy of around 184 HP and is able to achieve a speed of 60 mph in just 7 seconds. The starting price of 2017 Jeep Cherokee is estimated to be around $25,000.
2. GMC Terrain
Talk about an SUV with supreme performance and leviathan-like body; the SUV manufactured by GMC is what comes to mind first. Not only is the exterior of this 2017 GMC Terrain is attractive, its interior is also spacious and comfortable with plenty of tech features available on the center console. This SUV will have a curb weight of 4240 pounds and will be priced at about $25,000. Under its hood, there will be a 3.6-liter, V6 engine capable of producing 301 horsepower of energy that will enable this 4-wheeler to achieve a speed of 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. Now that’s a heck of a speed considering we are talking about an SUV.
3. Nissan Rogue
Although this SUV is named Rogue, let us take some time out to clarify to you that it isn’t going to betray you or be dishonest with you, it is something that will make you addicted to it. Just take one drive in it and you will be hooked to it. This 2017 Rogue will have a 4-cylinder, 170 horsepower engine under its hood that will enable this vehicle to achieve a maximum speed of 119 mph. Also, Nissan Rogue is a fuel efficient SUV and will attract many buyers who are looking for a reasonably priced SUV with low fuel consumption.
4. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
If you want us to summarize this SUV, we’ll say ‘it’s good but not great’. Yes, you read that correct. Now, this SUV does have a powerful engine able to produce 148 hp energy and has reasonable fuel efficiency, but its look and its interior isn’t something that most car fanatics will be looking forward to. However, if price is your main concern, then you’ll probably be the first to buy this SUV when it is made available for sale next year because this 2017 Outlander Sport SUV has a starting price of around $20,000, the lowest among all other SUVs.
5. Ford Escape
If by any means we could be able to resurrect Mr. Henry Ford, he himself would be surprised that his company has still survived and would do a double take after seeing how the cars that were made by Ford Motor Company have evolved over time. This Escape crossover by Ford has athletic looks, quiet cabin and has an 8-inch touch-screen display mounted on the center console. Its smooth off-road drive makes it possible for you to take some time off and escape into the woods to reconnect with nature. However, to see for some bigger changes on this model we will have to wait for the 2018 Ford Escape version.
6. Audi Q5
If the above list of SUVs seems boring, then the Audi Q5 is something that will definitely drop your jaw if not stop your heart that is. It’s beauty, incomparable. It’s maximum speed, also incomparable. It’s luxurious, spacious and quiet cabin; again incomparable. Additionally, its interior is something in which you can spend your whole day by the comfort it offers. The basic trim of the Audi Q5 for 2018 will come equipped with a 220 horsepower, turbocharged engine that will accelerate this car from 0-60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. This luxurious SUV will carry a price tag of $42,000 which we believe is good value for money. However, like Ford Escape, Audi Q5 will also get some bigger changes next year.
7. Infiniti QX50
Infiniti is a luxury brand of its parent company Nissan that is popular among people for its extremely comfortable interior and smooth drive. If you are dreaming of owning a high end luxury SUV but your budget is something that you can’t ignore then, you should go for Infiniti QX50. With its state of the art security system and plenty of infotainment options, it will not only make your drive comfortable but also a lot safer when compared to other SUVs.
8. Lexus RX
Just like Infiniti is the luxury brand of Nissan, Lexus is a luxury brand of Toyota. Lexus RX is designed in such a way that it reduces aerodynamic drag on the SUV thereby, enhancing its fuel efficiency. This is proved by the fact that this SUV has a fuel efficiency of 28 MPG within the city limits. Under the hood of this beauty is a 295 horsepower, V-6 engine that makes this car achieve a top speed of 115 MPH.
It is important to note that upcoming 2018 Lexus RX will also have a version with 3-rows and 7-seats.
9. Mercedes-Benz GLC Class
Since we are discussing luxury SUVs, it will be unfair if we miss an SUV designed and manufactured by Mercedes. The interior of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class is akin to that of its sedan siblings. Its engine can accelerate this SUV to a speed of 60 MPH in just 5.9 seconds, which is way less than its counterparts. This SUV by Mercedes is a bit pricey and will carry a price tag of $40,000.
10. Cadillac Escalade
Want to drive a super luxurious SUV on the roads; then this is the one you should go for. With its simple yet elegant body, this SUV will draw the attention of many bystanders wherever it rests. It has room for up to 8 people and has a towing capacity of about 8,300 pounds. The curb weight of the Cadillac Escalade is 5,882 pounds but can still achieve a speed of 60 MPH is just 5.8 seconds. Its base price, according to many credible sources, will be $70,000. It’s Cadillac; what price did you expect?
In our humble opinion, all the SUVs that have made it onto this list provide a good value for your money and are popular among SUV owners. However, there are 4 SUVs that we would especially like to recommend to our readers.
If price is your main concern but at the same time you do not want to make a compromise on quality, then the upcoming versions of Nissan Rogue and GMC Terrain are the ones that you should be looking forward to purchase. However, if you care about luxury and style, then don’t look beyond the Infiniti QX50 and Audi Q5.
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Note: The prices of SUVs mentioned in this article are exclusive of all taxes.