2016 SUVs offer Thrills and Chills
For 2016, automakers have revitalized the SUV market by introducing more crossover models while continuing to advance the styling of midsize and full size SUVs. The best SUVs for 2016 include vehicles made by Volvo, Ford, Acura and Jeep.
In making the Edge, Ford developed an ideally sized SUV. It’s one that delivers a smooth ride along with a quiet cabin. The Edge comes in four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and it received five stars from the government crash tests. With 73.4 cubic feet of storage and space for five, the Edge is perfect for family road trips. Safety features include:
- Antilock brakes
- Traction control
- Emergency crash notification
The Edge also comes with a range of engines. These include the turbocharged four-cylinder, which is the base mode, a V6 and a turbocharged V6. To get the turbocharged V6, car buyers will need to purchase the Sport trim.
If being able to take a vehicle off road is a requirement, SUV shoppers should take a long look at the Jeep Cherokee. Since this year’s model is pavement and dirt friendly, the Cherokee will surely appeal to a range of buyers. With solid construction and overall refinement, the SUV is a quality investment. The model’s five trims include the:
Luxury options consist of leather upholstery, a wood-rimmed steering wheel and HD radio while the vehicle’s technological advancements include an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, smartphone app integration and a navigation system. To keep its occupants safe, the SUV is equipped with antilock disk brakes, traction control and blind spot monitoring equipment. With its most powerful engine, the SUV can tow up to 7,400 pounds while the vehicle’s available all-wheel drive system is ready for plenty of high-performance driving.
For quality and luxury, car buyers should consider bringing home the Acura RDX. It comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that emits 279 horsepower. The vehicle model is available in three packages, which are the AcuraWatch Plus, Technology and Advance. As a smaller crossover vehicle, front-wheel drive is standard, but car buyers can upgrade to all-wheel drive. Luxury accessories consist of:
- Rear privacy glass
- Keyless ignition
- A power lift gate
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Heated front seats
When it comes to keeping occupants safe, Acura added stability control, a blind spot monitoring system and automatic braking. The vehicle also includes traction control, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera. With plenty of power and a zippy performance, the RDX is a crossover SUV that is as thrilling to drive as it is to admire in the driveway.
As car buyers begin to compare different SUV models, they’ll surely be impressed by this year’s Ford Explorer since the automaker revamped the vehicle’s exterior. The new grille gives the SUV a high-end, luxury appearance while the available turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine delivers acceleration that’s been rated best in its class with room to spare. Its sport-tuned suspension offers precise handling, and the ride is smooth and comfortable. In the Ford Explorer, the carmaker included upgraded features like:
- A rearview camera
- A blind spot monitoring system
- Rear climate controls
- Bluetooth connectivity
Luxury Explorer trims comes with goodies like heated and ventilated seats, a dual-panel sunroof and adaptive cruise control. With plenty of interior space for occupants or cargo, this year’s Ford Explorer is as practical as it is pretty.
For 2016, Volvo revamped the XC90. This year’s SUV offers three rows of comfort as well as first class safety features. Trims include the base Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. A hybrid version will be available later in the year for those who prefer a little more fuel efficiency with their SUVs. Standard equipment includes:
- Adjustable drive modes
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Heated front seats
- Leather upholstery
- A navigation system
For power, car buyers can choose from a 2.0-liter motor, a supercharged engine and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. With its eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive, the SUV delivers a supple driving experience. When it comes to fuel economy, the SUV receives 20 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway. By combining a secure driving experience with an abundance of today’s advanced security equipment, the Volvo offers SUV buyers value.
Practicality Meets Comfort
Many of this year’s SUVs combine utility with comfort and luxury. With models like the Edge, Cherokee, RDX, Explorer and Volvo XC90, SUV buyers will be able to find a vehicle that meets their sizing, functionality and comfort needs.