6 Facts About Sport Utility Vehicles


A sport utility vehicle or suburban utility vehicle is a vehicle classified as a light truck, but operated as a family vehicle.

Light truck or light-duty truck is a US classification for trucks or truck-based vehicles with a payload capacity of less than 4,000 pounds.

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They are similar to a large station wagon or estate car, usually equipped with four-wheel drive for on- or off-road ability.

A station wagon, also called an estate car, estate wagon, or simply wagon or estate, is an automotive body-style variant of a sedancargo volume with access at the back via a third or fifth door, instead of a trunk lid.

Off-roading is the activity of driving or riding a vehicle on unsurfaced roads or tracks, made of materials such as sand, gravel, riverbeds, mud, snow, rocks, and other natural terrain.

Four-wheel drive, 4×4, and 4WD, is a form of drivetrain capable of providing power to all wheel ends of a two-axled vehicle simultaneously.

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Some SUVs include the towing capacity of a pickup truck with the passenger-carrying space of a minivan or large sedan.

A minivan is a vehicle designed primarily for passenger safety and comfort, with two or three rows of seating accessed via large doors.

A pickup truck is a light duty truck having an enclosed cab and an open cargo area with low sides and tailgate.

Pickup, Pick up or Pick-up may refer to:


Popular in the late-1990s and early–mid-2000s, SUVs sales temporarily declined due to high oil prices and a declining economy.


The traditional truck-based SUV is gradually being supplanted by the crossover SUV, which uses an automobile platform for lighter weight and better fuel efficiency, as a response to much of the criticism of sport utility vehicles.

A car platform is a shared set of common design, engineering, and production efforts, as well as major components over a number of outwardly distinct models and even types of cars, often from different, but related marques.

Fuel efficiency is a form of thermal efficiency, meaning the efficiency of a process that converts chemical potential energy contained in a carrier fuel into kinetic energy or work.

Sport utility vehicles are criticized for a variety of environmental and safety-related reasons as they became more popular.


By 2010, SUV sales around the world were growing, in spite of high gas prices.

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