Crossovers, SUVs, and minivans

The truck-based wagons, minivans, vans, and enlarged pickups Americans know as SUVs were once sold to a few people who really needed them, such as farmers and contractors. They exploded in popularity as their creature comforts grew, starting with the Wagoneer, Blazer, and Cherokee. New to the field are car-based SUVs, or crossovers, which are lighter and more efficient; most come with all wheel drive, which is well adapted to on-road driving. Be careful when buying if you intend to actually leave the paved road; it’s not unusual for companies to advertise and market vehicles as off-road-capable when they are not.

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