When one goes shopping for a new automobile, there are a lot of things to consider. One must ask him or herself, for example, what model would fit in his or her budget, as well as which style would match his or her taste. The most important decision that needs to be made by a consumer is how safe his or her potential vehicle will ultimately be. One can buy a beautiful and even luxurious car, but if it isn’t safe to travel in, it isn’t worth the extra money to pay for it. While it is very important for a single consumer to weigh safety factors over appearance or other concerns, it is even more important to be selective when it comes to vehicles that will transport one’s family. For this reason, all of the choices I made for my top 5 SUV list for families all appear on the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety list for 2011, which is available on the automedia.com website.
My first choice for an SUV would be the Kia Sportage. According to the Automedia.com website, the Kia Sportage not only has a good safety record (it being one of the top 25 SUV’s on the ISHS safety list), but it also has one of the best mpg’s in its category. The Automedia.com website also states that the Kia Sportage gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highways (which I think is very good for SUV’s). When one travels with his or her family, one must consider the price of fuel (particularly on long distance travel) along with other expenses, which makes gas mileage all that more important. Not only does the Kia Sportage have good gas mileage, but it comes with manual transmission, which will help the consumer save that much more in fuel costs. Other features of the Kia Sportage includes a 4 cylinder engine and 2 wheel drive. The Automedia.com website states that the approximate price of this vehicle is between $18,990- $23,990 (depending on which model one gets).
The next SUV on my list is the Hyundai Tucson Limited, which gets 21 miles to the gallon on city streets and 28 miles per gallon on the highways. Like the Kia Sportage, the Hyundai Tucson Limited comes with manual transmission, and it also carries a four cylinder engine. The price range for this vehicle, according to automedia.com, is between $19,690 and $25,640, which I consider not too bad for an SUV.
The Subaru Forester is also quite economical, because it gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highways. Like the previous two vehicles, the Subaru Forester has a manual transmission, but unlike the others, it has an ” all wheel drive.” Depending on the model, prices can vary from $21,220-$30,720.
The next vehicle on my list of safe and fuel-saving SUV’s is the Jeep Patriot, which gets 20 miles to the gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highways. It has a four-cylinder engine, and a 2 wheel drive, but the best part is that one can reap the cost-effective and safety benefits for only approximately $16,695.
Last ( but definitely not the least) is the Honda Element. The Automedia.com website says that on the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety list, the Honda Element ranks the top of its class for safety. The consumer can choose between having a 2 wheel drive, or a 4 wheel drive. While the fuel economy does not quite compare to the others, the fact that it ranks so high on the safety list makes up for its fuel consumption. The approximate price of this vehicle is $21,605, according to the Automedia.com website.
While each of the five SUVs have certain advantages and disadvantages of their own, the more significant aspects that they share are their outstanding safety records and their cost-effectiveness in regard to their fuel consumption (as far as SUVs go). When one travels with his or her family in this day and age with the gas prices going up beyond $4 a gallon, it is even more crucial to have an SUV that is safe as well as economical. With the cost of lodging and dining being so high these days, it is to one’s advantage to have an SUV that can save one money on fuel wherever possible. These cars have both of those features; safety and economical fuel consumption.