Advantages & Disadvantages of compact to mid-size to full-size SUV

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If you are in the market for a new SUV, you will find yourself faced with a number of options when you head to your local dealership. One of the very most important factors that are used in determining which SUV is best for you is its size classification and market segment. SUVs range in size from compact to mid-size to full-size, which is also called standard-size.

Compact

The compact SUV is the smallest SUV on today’s market and there are a number of different advantages to owning a small SUV. This SUV is typically the cheapest type, and they are lighter and thus, more fuel efficient. Some compact SUV are 2WD only, while larger SUVs are 4WD. A compact SUV has the potential for adding on accessories, too, which means that some of the optional features that selected will not add on to the price in the same way that it would with other vehicles. A basic compact SUV from a non-luxury car maker is typically priced in the mid $20Ks. Fully loaded, they can run up to $30K.
The advantages of a compact SUV include:
- Handles like a car.
- Affordable pricing.
- Wide selection.
- Fuel-friendly.
- Low operating costs.
- Green, eco-conscious choices.
- Many hybrid models available to choose from.
The disadvantages of a compact SUV include:
- Size negates carrying big loads and lots of people.
- Smaller engine means you give up some power.

Mid-Size

A mid-size SUV is larger than a compact but smaller than a standard or full-size SUV. This type of SUV is a bit more expensive than the compact SUV and is typically equipped with 4×4 capabilities. Most mid-size SUVs are priced between $25K and $35K and have a six or eight cylinder engine.
The advantages of a mid-size SUV include:
- Handles like a car.
- Quite affordable.
- Roomier than a compact.
- More power under the hood when compared with compact.
- Gets better gas mileage than a full-size SUV.
- Available in several hybrid models.
The disadvantages of a mid-size SUV include:
- Pricier than a compact.
- Less room than a full-size.
- Less towing capacity than a full-size.
- More expensive to operate than a compact.

Full-Size

Full-size SUVs are the most common. This type of vehicle is one that can be taken off road with ease and that most people generally call to mind when they hear the term “SUV”. This type of SUV can run the gamut of pricing, from $20K up to $40K or more. There is a range of different options available with any full-size SUV. The more options you add, the more it will cost.
The advantages of a full-size SUV include:
- Lots of room to haul “stuff” and people.
- Can be taken off road if you desire.
- Handles like a truck for driving in extreme conditions.
- Many models to choose from.
The disadvantages of a full-size SUV include:
- Poor fuel economy when compared to smaller SUVs.
- Less “green” for those looking to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.
- Not as driver-friendly as smaller, car-based SUVs.
- Higher operating costs.
This comparison will come in handy when you had to the dealership to decide which SUV is best for you and your family.

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