| Hyundai Posted an Increase in Sales...|
| The All-New Mazda2 Begins Productio...|
| Daimler Accelerates Along its Cours...|
| Hyundai Genesis Receives the Highes...|
| Honda Cuts Pay Of President and Oth...|
| Ally Financial Honors 2015 TIME Dea...|
| 2015 Kia K900 V8 Review by Carey Ru...|
| All-new 2015 Chrysler 200 Earns Fiv...|
| Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestria...|
| Galpin Auto Sports Celebrates Golde...|
| Uniquely Modified 2015 Mustangs Wil...|
| Mercedes-Benz Creates Interactive I...|
| Elio Motors Passes First Review Pha...|
| GM Financial Reports September Quar...|
| Plug-In Electric Vehicles Are Expec...|
| BorgWarner Supplies R2S Turbochargi...|
| Alfa Romeo 4C Off to an Award-Winni...|
| Mercedes-Benz Accident Research: CO...|
| Jaguar Land Rover's new Engine Manu...|
| R&GO Now Available for All-New Rena...|
No class of vehicles has changed more in the past 15 years than SUVs. Up to 1990, they were utility vehicles, made from a thinly-disguised pickup chassis with a full-length body, more suited to carrying people than cargo. Utility vehicles were a niche market, used by people who needed rugged, often 4-wheel drive, transportation in areas where roads were merely a suggestion. Comfort and amenities were secondary to the ability to merely get through.
Fast-forward to today, and it's "sport-utility'' and more likely to be bought by a suburban soccer mom than an oil wildcatter. SUVs started to get fashionable in the early 1990s, with the Ford Explorer paving the way by being far more comfortable and civilized than anything before it. Offering more space than the last of the full-sized wagons by virtue of a higher stance, and with a rugged, outdoorsy look that said "I can go anywhere'' even though most never saw rougher duty than a stadium parking lot tailgate party, SUVs quickly dispatched wagons and then took on minivans as the family hauler of choice. Compared to a minivan, an SUV has better towing and cargo-hauling abilities.
SUVs come in small, medium, and large size, and vary from inexpensive and basic in specification to being as expensive and fully-equipped as any premium luxury sedan. Originally of body-on-frame construction and closely-related to pickups, an increasing number offer fully-independent suspension and unibody or semi-unibody construction. The Ford Explorer maintains its popularity, but there are plenty of other choices, from the small and inexpensive like the Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V through the large and expensive Range Rover line.