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The Best CUVs for 2011

This is the best time to buy a CUV. Today, there are more CUV options available to you, and you will have little difficulty finding the best CUV to suit your needs.

Whether you are seeking a personal or family vehicle, you will find that today’s CUVs offer a lot of spectacular features.

What To Look For in the Best CUV

A CUV is actually defined as a crossover utility vehicle.  This differs from a sports utility vehicle or an SUV.  An SUV is a vehicle option that consists of either a unibody construction or a body on frame vehicle.  The CUV is a vehicle that is a body on frame offering and it is an SUV like vehicle affixed to a car chassis.  Today’s CUVs are vehicles that have a two box body styling and architecture fitted on a unibody.  The CUV is a vehicle that is car based, but it offers the spaciousness of an SUV. 

If you are seeking a vehicle that is as large as a sports utility vehicle, but that is not as rugged, you can opt for the best CUV on offer today.  These vehicles are not necessarily ideal for off roading, but they make for a very comfortable and safe ride.  You will find that when comparing a CUV to an SUV that the SUV sports a great ground clearance than a CUV.  Meanwhile, the CUV is a vehicle that is designed for comfort.

When shopping for a CUV, comfortable features are on the top of one’s checklist, but safety features and the average miles per gallon that the vehicle delivers should also be considered.  You will want to determine your budget before you buy; this will allow you a chance to seek a CUV that is in your price range.  You should also look for incentives, rebates, and specials as you shop; you can end up saving quite a bit of cash by doing so.

The Best CUV Offerings for 2011

2011 Kia Soul

One of the best CUV offerings for 2011 is the Kia Soul.  The 2011 Kia Soul base four door CUV has a spectacular MSRP price of $13300.00, thereby making it a tremendously affordable vehicle option.  This vehicle has not been changed since the 2010 model.  It offers 26 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway.  It houses a 122 horsepower 1.6 Liter Inline 4 base engine with a dual overhead cam.  It comes with a five speed, manual transmission with overdrive.  The exterior of the Kia Soul is attractive and appeals to a youthful market.  It is suitable for five passengers, and it is fitted with frontal, side, and side curtain airbags.  This vehicle also has traction control, an occupancy sensor, seatbelt pre-tensioners, adjustable seats, halogen headlights, exterior light controls, power door locks, ignition disable features, low tire pressure warning features, and rear child safety door locks.  For full details visit http://autos.aol.com/cars-compare.

2011 Chevrolet Equinox

Another vehicle identified as the best CUV option for 2011 is the Chevrolet Equinox.  The Equinox AWD LS has an MSRP that has changed little from the 2010 to the 2011 configuration; the 2011 model is roughly $24500.00, and is about a $150.00 more than the 2010 offering.  In terms of the base engine in both models, the car maker has continued to offer the 182 horsepower, 2.4 Liter Inline 4 Ecotec engine with a double overhead cam.  Both models deliver 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.  Both the 2010 and 2011 Equinox come with an automatic transmission too.  The 2011 model gets a GPS inclusion with OnStar® features, but the 2011 offering has turn by turn navigation whereas the 2010 is absent of such a feature.  Last year’s model and this year’s offering are equipped with front, side, and side curtain airbags, occupancy sensors, traction control, stolen vehicle tracking, remote keyless entry, panic alarm, door locks, and low tire pressure monitoring.  For more details visit http://autos.aol.com/cars-compare.

Honda CR-V

If you are searching for the best CUV option, take a look at the Honda CR-V.  This vehicle has maintained a reasonable MSRP for five years now.  In fact, the 2007 Honda CR-V had an MSRP of $20600.00, while the 2011 model maintains an MSRP of $21695.00.  What’s more, the 2011 model offers 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which has diminished little from the fuel efficiency offered in the 2007 models that offered 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.  The 2011 offering maintains the 2010 base engine of a 180 horsepower, 2.4 Liter Inline 4 with a dual overhead cam, which is an upgrade from the engine found in the 2007-2009 base engine of a 166 horsepower 2.4 Liter Inline 4 with a dual overhead cam.  All models continue to have an automatic transmission with overdrive.  Like all Honda CR-V offerings, the 2011 model can seat five passengers.  This vehicle has frontal, side, and side curtain airbags, occupancy sensors, traction control, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, power door locks, rear child safety locks, ignition disable, and low tire pressure indicators.  For full details visit http://autos.aol.com/cars-compare.

Where to Buy the Best CUV

Edmunds.com®

Edmunds.com® is a site that you can use to find the best CUV.  You can compare CUV offerings, and you can access reviews, safety information, consumer reviews and comments, vehicle specifications, vehicle features information, articles on vehicle reliability, and test ratings.  You can also get multiple quotes from local dealers in your region by supplying your contact information.  You can learn more about pricing, view photos, and you can conduct online vehicle research on a single website.  For full details visit http://www.edmunds.com.

Autos.com™

Autos.com™ is a good site for finding a place to buy the best CUV.  This site will supply you with information about any vehicle. You can find out more about the MSRP, the invoice pricing, the zero to sixty acceleration, the mpg a vehicle offers, the resale value, and you also get details about handling, performance, safety features, passenger space, cargo capacity,  off road capability, convenience and comfort.  This site will also help you find local dealers in your area where you can invest in the best CUV.  For more information visit http://www.autos.com/autos/.


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