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Main Features of all Sports Utility Vehicles available

in the market in 2007

Author:-Jyoti Jha Chaudary

Sports Utility Vehicles are one of the most famous vehicles in the automobile market. Due to its versatility of use it has captured a substantial portion of sales figures of automobile- industry. There are mainly 34 companies who produce SUVs. Alphabetic name-list of those companies and SUV-models made by them are listed below: (In specifications the mileage mentioned are in accordance with the data provided by the manufacturer i.e. EPA estimated. which are generally higher than the actual performances of vehicles. All prices given are exclusive of tax, ownership transfer charges, shipping and handling charges etc.

1. Acura:  (1) Acura MDX-2007: This SUV gives average mileage of 12mpg in city and 22mpg on highways. It requires premium unleaded gasoline. Its price starts from US$ 39,995. (2)Acura RDX-2007: This vehicle needs premium unleaded gasoline and gives an average mileage of 19mpg in city and 23mpg on highways. The price of this SUV starts from US$32,995.

2. Audi : (1) Audi Q7 3.6-2007 : Giving average mileage of  16mpg in Cities and 20mpg on highways, this SUV has acceleration power of getting speed of 60mph from 0mph in 7.8 seconds. Price starts with US$39,900. (2) Audi Q7 3.6 Premium: Due to some extra accessories attached to it, this vehicle costs more than the Audi Q7 3.6.  However basic features are same. Price starts fro US$45,900. (3) Audi Q7 4.2-2007: This vehicle is equipped with 4.2-L V8 engine which produces 350 horse- powers by 6800 rotations per minute. It gives an average mileage of 14mpg in cities and 19mpg on highways. It reaches the speed of 60mph from 0mph in 6.8 seconds. Price starts with US$49,900. (4) Audi Q7 4.2 Premium-2007: All basic features of this vehicle are same as those of Audi Q7 4.2. But, due to some enhanced facilities this model’s price starts with US$59,900.

3. BMW: (1) BMW X3 3.0si SAV-2007: This model is equipped with 3L 24-valve V-6 engine producing power of 260hp by 6600rpm. Premium unleaded gasoline is appropriate for it. The models of BMW X3 series give an average mileage of 18 to 19mpg in cities and 26mpg on highways. They reach the speed of 60mph from 0mph in 6.9 to 7.1 seconds. Price starts from US$38,000. (2)BMW X5 3.0si SAV -2007: Pick up capacity of this model is slower than BMW X3 series but all other specifications are almost same.  It attains the speed of 60mph from 0mph in 7.8 seconds. Price starts from US$ 45,900. (3)BMW X5 4.8i SAV-2007: This model of BMW is equipped with 4.8L 48-valve V8 engine producing power of 350hp @ 6300rpm. Premium unleaded gasoline is appropriate for it. Price starts from US$54,500.

4. BUICK: (1) Buick Rainer-2007: Buick Rainer’s 4.2L engine is able to produce power of 291hp @ 6000rpm. It has maximum towing capacity of up to 6700 pounds. It gives average mileage of 16mpg in cities and 26mpg on highways. Price starts with US$32,285. (2)Buick Ranezvour-2007: This model is accompanied with 3.5L 24-valve V6 engine producing 195hp @5200 rpm. Average mileage given by this vehicle, according to manufacturer’s manual, is 19mpg in cities and 26mpg on highways. Minimum price listed for this series is US$25,925.

5. Cadillac: (1) Cadillac SRX-2007: It is equipped with 3.6L V6 engine which can produce 255hp @6500rpm. It gives average mileage of 16mpg in cities and 23mpg on highways. It has towing capacity of up to 4250lbs. Price starts from US$37,855. (2) Cadillac Escalade-2007: This model has 6.2L V8 engine which can generate 403hp @ 5700rpm. It gives average mileage of 13mpg in cities and 20mpg on highways. It can tow up to 8000lbs. Price starts from US$55,400.

6. Chevrolet:(1) Avalanche-2007: This model has 5.3L V8 engine which can generate 320hp @ 5000rpm. It has a model having more powerful engined i.e. 6L V8 engine which can generate 336hp @5500 rpm. This model is also quipped to use flex fuel. It gives average mileage of 15mpg in cities and 21mpg on highways. Price starts from US$ 33,235. (2)Equinox-2007 : This vehicle has 3.4 L V6 engine which can produce 185hp @5200 rpm. Premium unleaded fuel is appropriate for it and it gives average mileage of 19 mpg in cities and 26mpg on highways. Price starts from US$22795. (3)HHR: The vehicle is equipped with 2.2L 16-valve 4 cylinder engine which can produce 149hp @ 5600rpm. The option of having equipped with 2.4 L 16-valve 4-cylinder engine is also available which can generate maximum power of 175 hp @ 6200rpm. It consumes premium unleaded fuel and gives mileage of 23 mpg in cities and 30mpg on highways. Price starts from US$16,550. (4)Suburban-2007: This model has 5.3L V8 engine which can generate power of 149 to 175 hp. It consumes gasoline but also available to be designed to consume flex fuel. It gives an average mileage of 15mpg in cities and 21mpg on highways. Price starts with US$37, 760.(5)Tahoe-2007:This model is equipped with 5.3L V8 engine which can generate 320 hp @ 5200rpm. An option of having more powerful engine 6L V8 engine is available which can generate 366hp @ 5500rpm. It consumes gasoline but can be designed to consume flex fuel. It gives average mileage of 16mpg in cities and 22mpg on highways. Price starts from US$34,755.(6)Trailblazer-2007: XZ: 4.2L I6 engine generating maximum of  291hp @6000 rpm  is standardized for this model but an option of more powerful 5.3L V8 engine is available which can generate maximum of 395hp @6000 rpm.  87-91 octane gas is appropriate of it. It can tow maximum weight of 5750lbs. to 6001 lbs. It gives an average mileage of 16mpg to 22 mpg in cities and highways respectively. Price starts from US$25,580.

7. Chrysler:  (1) Chrysler- Aspen -2007: The 5.7 L 16-valve V8 engine of Chrysler Aspen is able to generate power of 335hp @ 4500rpm and tow up to 8950lbs when properly equipped.  The vehicle is designed to give mileage of 14 mpg in cities and 20mpg on highways. Price starts from US$ 31,490.     

8. Dodge: (1) Durango: Having 5.7 V8 engine capable of generating 335hp @ 5200rpm this model is capable of towing maximum weight of 6050lbs to 8950lbs (when properly equipped). It gives average mileage of 14mpg in cities and 20mpg on highways. Price starts from US$ 27,025. (2) NITRO: This model has several variations having 3.7L and 4L V6 engines generating maximum of 260hp @ 6000rpm. They can tow up to 3000 to 5000 lbs. They are designed to consume gas and give mileage of 17mpg in cities and 21mpg on highways.

9. Ford: (1) Ford ? Escape-2007: This model is equipped with 2.3L V6 engine which can produce 153hp @ 5800rpm. However a choice of having 3L V6 engine is also available which can generate 200hp @ 6000rpm. It can tow up to 5100 lbs. It consumes regular unleaded fuel and gives an average mileage of 23 mpg in cities and 26mpg on highways. Price starts from US$19,985.  (2) Ford- Escape Hybrid ? 2007: This model is equipped with 2.3L engine producing 133hp @6000rpm. It consumes regular unleaded fuel and can give maximum mileage of 31 mpg in cities and 36 mpg on highways. Price starts from US$26,320.  (3) Ford- Explorer-2007: This vehicle is equipped with 4L V6 engine generating 210hp @ 5100rpm. However an option of having 4.6 L V8 engine is available which can generate 292hp @ 5750rpm. It consumes regular unleaded fuel and gives average mileage of 15mpg in cities and 21mpg on highways. Price starts from US$ 25,995.(4) Ford-Expedition-2007:  This model is equipped with 5.4L V8 engine which can produce 300 hp @ 5000rpm. It can tow maximum weight of 6000-9000 lbs. It consumes regular unleaded fuel and gives mileage of 14 mpg in cities and 20 mpg on highways. Price starts from US$29,995. (5) Ford-Sport Trac-2007: This model is equipped with 4L V6 engine which can generate 210hp @5100rpm. It consumes regular unleaded gas and gives mileage of 15mpg in cities and 21mpg on highways. Maximum towing capacity is 6750 lbs. Price starts from US$24,990.

10. GMC: (1)GMC- YUKON-2007: This model is equipped with 4.8L V8 engine capable of generating 295 hp @5600rpm. It designed to consume flex fuel and it gives an average mileage of 16mpg in cities and 22mpg on highways. It can tow up to 8200 lbs. Price starts from US$35,265.  (2) GMC- Yukon XL- 2007: It has 5.3 L V8 engine which can generate 320hp @ 5200rpm. It can give average mileage of 14mpg in cities and 18 to 19 mpg on highways. It can tow up to 9700 lbs. Price starts from US$47,265. (3)GMC- Yukon XL Denali- 2007: This vehicle has 6.2L V8 engine which can produce 380hp @ 5500rpm. It can give an average mileage of 13 mpg in cities and 19mpg on highways. It can tow up to 7900lbs. Price starts with US$51,085. (4) GMC- Yukon  Denali- 2007 : All basic features of this model are same as those of GMC-Yukon XL Denali?2007. Only difference is its minimum price is less i.e.US$48, 570. (5) GMC- Acadia- 2007: This SUV has  a 3.6L V6 engine producing power of 275hp @6600rpm and having maximum towing capacity of  4500 lbs. It is designed to give average mileage of 17 to 18 mpg in cities and 24 to 26 mpg on highways. Minimum price is US$24,495. (6) GMC- Envoy-2007: It is equipped with 5.3L V8 engine which can generate up to 291hp @ 6000rpm. It can tow up to 6300lbs. It can give an average mileage of 16 mpg in cities and 22mpg on highways. Price starts from US$ 27,295.  (7) GMC- Envoy Denali ? 2007: This vehicle has 6.2L V8 engine which can generate power up to 302hp 5200rpm. It can tow up to 6500lbs and give mileage of 15 to 16 mpg in cities and 19 to 20 mpg on highways. Price starts from US$35,525.

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