There are lots of things to consider when buying a new SUV, including price, safety, performance, and style. With so many makes and models available it can be difficult for even the most seasoned SUV shoppers to weed through all the available options and their respective marketing gimmicks. As the end of the year approaches, dealerships will be trying to get rid of this years remaining vehicles to make room for the 2019 models, so now is great time to be in the market for a new vehicle. With all this in mind, it’s smart to have a good idea of what you’re looking for before stepping foot on the lot.
The question is, wiith so many SUVs to choose from, where does one begin? Shopping for a new vehicle is different for everybody and depends on a person’s individual needs and budget. However, no matter what kind of vehicle you’re in the market for, one thing everyone wants is a good value. Fortunately, the U.S. News and World Report has combed through the professional reviews and compiled a list of a few 2018 SUVs that received the best overall reports. Here are two of this year’s award winning family SUVs that are are both affordable and high quality: (1)
Because of its low sticker price, it’s easy to assume that the Kia Sorento is a lower quality vehicle, but that’s just not the case. On the contrary, the Sorento offers passengers a surprisingly smooth and luxurious ride without breaking the bank. While the cargo space is limited compared to other 3-row SUVs, the roomy interior is spacious enough to comfortably accommodate from 5-7 passengers. Another reason the reviewers loved the Sorrento is the relatively low costs of ownership. The four cylinder engine won’t deliver the same power as the larger six or eight cylinder engines, but it will save you money at the gas pump by averaging 17-21 mpg’s in the city and 23-28 on the highway. With high fuel economy, great safety scores, and a fantastic warranty, the 2019 Kia Sorento is among the most appealing of this year’s midsize SUVs. (2)
If you’re looking for a reliable SUV with low ownership costs, take a good look at the Ford Edge. For starters, its easy handling and maneuverability nearly makes one forget they’re driving an SUV. Combine that with a roomy and comfortable interior and the Edge is a pleasure to drive. All models come standard with Ford’s user-friendly infotainment system that easily connects to your smartphone and receives voice activated commands. If you’re looking for more infotainment options, the SYNC 3 system, which comes with an 8-inch touch screen and has the option to use Apple Carplay and Android Auto, is well worth money. If you are looking for a family vehicle or something for your teenager, the Edge received a perfect 5 out of 5 safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (3)