Page 18 - Official Seattle Auto Show Guide

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Seattle Auto Show Official Guide
T
hree decades after Jeep rolled
out the original Cherokee (aka
XJ), the sport utility vehicle has
enhanced its “utility” with style, per-
formance and fuel economy. With most
every carmaker offering a full-size or
crossover SUV (even Jaguar is designing
one for 2016), choices abound for folks
with active lifestyles who do more than
just drive to work.
SUVs and crossovers are different
breeds. Full-size SUVs typically sit on a
large chassis and often trade four-wheel-
drive capability for decent gas mileage.
Models you’ll see at the Auto Show
include the Cadillac Escalade,
BMW X6, GMC Yukon, Jeep
Cherokee, Ford Expedition,
Range Rover Sport, Toyota
4
Runner, Mercedes-Benz GL
Class, Volkswagen Tiguan and
Nissan Armada.
A typical crossover has a
car-based chassis, offers front
or all-wheel drive, and has
about the same ground clear-
ance as a standard car. The
drivetrain is typically lighter
than an SUV, which helps the AWD to
get better fuel economy.
Some of the crossovers you’ll see:
Acura MDX, Audi Q7, BMW X5, Buick
Enclave, Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Tra-
verse, Dodge Journey, Ford Escape,
Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia
Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz
M Class, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester,
Toyota RAV4 and Volvo XC60.
When you consider all the features of
today’s SUVs and crossovers, it’s easy
to understand why so many buyers are
turning to them to add more utility to
the typical sedan.
SUVs, crossovers offer
a bit of everything
Acura MDX
Buick Enclave