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Top CUVs for 2013-14

CUVs are a cost-effective alternative to SUVs. If you are on the market for a new vehicle and have been considering purchasing a CUV, there are a few things you will want to know before you go into a dealership. Here are some guidelines, benefits, and tips to follow when you purchase a new CUV.

What is a CUV?

The CUV, or crossover utility vehicle, is a relatively new type of car in the automotive industry that has only been in production since the middle of the 1990s. If you have never heard the term “CUV” before, you might be more familiar with the term “crossover” instead because they mean practically the same thing. They are called crossovers because CUVs combine the features of the SUV with sedan style vehicles, resulting in a car that has the power and driving capabilities of an SUV but with the functionality and fuel economy of a normal car. The main difference between SUVs and CUVs is that CUVs are built on a car frame while SUVs are built on a truck frame. Although the frames of CUVs are similar to a car, the bodies of CUVs are where they get their SUV-like qualities. CUVs are characterized by a sloping body and a tall frame that is modeled after the SUV. If you would like to find out more information regarding what a CUV is, watch the following video clip:

 

The Top 5 Models of 2013

When you purchase a CUV, you might want to buy one of the 2013 best CUVs available. Here are the top 5 2013 CUVs obtainable to consumers:

  • Honda CR-V. The 2013 Honda CR-V has a contemporary exterior with a sleek newly designed interior to match. One selling point of the CR-V is that the seats are extremely padded. For individuals that like to get out and drive without being cramped or uncomfortable, the padded seats make driving for hours a pleasant experience.
  • Toyota RAV4. Toyota’s RAV4 was one of the first crossovers ever created. The 2013 model comes with extended features to make driving comfortable and safe. Airbags are located on the side of seats and overhead, making this model a top choice for many individuals concerned about safety. The 2013 RAV4 also comes with traction control and stability control to help you keep control of your vehicle during dangerous driving conditions.
  • Mazda CX-5. Next on the list of the 2013 best CUVs is the Mazda CX-5. This crossover model has a sporty look and feel but at a fraction of the price of a sports car. The sleek exterior body style and responsive driving dynamic make this crossover the top choice for individuals that want the look and feel of a sports car without paying a fortune. The CX-5 comes in three separate options, the Sport model, Touring model, and the Grand Touring model.
  • Subaru XV Crosstrek. The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek has a rounded body style, giving it the look of a regular car but with the driving capabilities of an SUV. One of the main selling points of the Crosstrek is its many technological features. With satellite radio capabilities, GPS navigation that can be controlled by voice, and automatic climate control, the Crosstrek is one of the 2013 best CUVs because of its innovative and technologically advanced features.
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The newly designed 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport drives like a sports car without the disadvantage of a cramped interior. The spacious interior of the Santa Fe is what makes it one of the most popular CUVs on the market. While CUVs generally come with only two rows of seating, some units of the Santa Fe Sport come with a third row seating option.

Who Should Look into CUVs

While all the models listed above have various beneficial features, overall, they all offer their drivers some of the same benefits. While CUVs are usually placed onto a car chassis, they have the look and feel of an SUV while still handling like a regular car. If you are uncomfortable with driving a large truck but like the visibility that comes with driving one, a CUV will be a good compromise.

Individuals with children benefit from CUVs. When you are raising a family, you may not have the funds to fork over hundreds of dollars every time you visit the gas station. CUVs generally get admirable gas mileage and have ample storage and interior space to transport several people comfortably. These features make CUVs one of the most popular choices for families.

One reason many people choose to purchase SUVs is because they can transport sporting equipment and drive on rough terrain in the outdoors easily. CUVs are great for individuals that enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and camping, because they handle well and can hold sports and other outdoor equipment without hassle.

What To Look For When You Buy a CUV

When you purchase a CUV, you want to buy one that will fit your lifestyle and needs. CUVs come in three distinct models, compact, midsize, and full-size.

  • Compact: Compact CUVs are the smallest version of this vehicle type. Popular compact CUV models include the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V.
  • Midsize: Up one notch on the scale in terms of storage capacity and interior space for passengers are midsize CUVs. The Dodge Journey, Chevrolet Equinox, and Nissan Murano are all examples of midsize CUVs.
  • Full size: Full sized crossovers are the largest type of CUV. The Mazda CX-9 and Buick Enclave are all full size CUVs and are designed to hold more people and cargo than midsize or compact CUVs.

How to Begin the Purchasing Process

When you begin looking into CUVs, research some of the best 2013 CUVs listed above online before visiting a dealership. Doing this will give you a feel for pricing and the various features of each model. After you have a good idea of which model you might want to purchase, go into a local dealership and find out which models they have available. If you don’t buy a CUV at a dealership, look into online suppliers and independent sellers in your area to find the perfect CUV for your family, outdoor adventures, or commute.

Sources:
http://www.autobytel.com/top-10-cars/new-cars/crossovers/?id=22650&gclid=COGe-N2v0LgCFUSCQgodMlAAhQ
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-models/crossover-cars/benefits-of-crossover-vehicle-design.htm
http://www.ehow.com/about_5143230_crossover-car.html#page=1
http://www.cars.com/guides/crossover/


Also:


CUV Pros and Cons: The Next Big Step In Vehicle Design

The Best CUVs for 2011

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