Sport utility vehicles, or SUVs, are increasing in popularity by the year, and sales of them show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. There are also plenty of good reasons for just why SUVs are so popular, including their practicality, safety, and towing capabilities. Also, sport utility vehicles can carry more people and more cargo. They're even becoming more fuel-efficient, plus they appeal to both men and women. Chances are, there's an SUV in one size or another that's just right for your budget and needs. Have a large family and a boat to tow? There are many mid-size and full-size SUVs designed to carry 5 to 9 people, plus tow 3,500 to 6,500 or more pounds. Somehow they can deliver good mileage while they're at it. Indeed, we now live in the golden age of the sport utility vehicle, and there's a wide variety of exciting SUVs on the market to prove it. Let's take a look at some of these great SUVs:
1 - 2021 Kia Telluride
The Kia Telluride was a hit right from the start, and it usually only sits on dealer lots for seven to nine days at most. Telluride buyers love this SUV for its reliability, competent driving dynamics, excellent-looking interior, and a wealth of standard features. Kia's mid-size, three-row SUV also looks high-end inside and out, and buyers also don't have to pay an arm and a leg to get one. There are also several 2021 Telluride models at an affordable price point. Given these facts, it's hard to see why a 2021 Telluride shouldn't be on every SUV shopper's test-drive list.
2 - 2021 Lincoln Aviator
The Lincoln Aviator offers seating for up to seven people. It shares many exterior styling cues with its larger sibling, the Lincoln Navigator. As well, there are two powertrain choices for this mid-size Lincoln SUV. The standard Aviator engine is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that delivers a healthy 400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. A hybrid Aviator -- available in AWD only -- offers an electric motor/gasoline engine powertrain that delivers 494 horsepower and a whopping 630 lb.-ft. of torque for surprisingly quick acceleration and 23 mpg on the highway. Aviators also offer just about every Lincoln luxury feature you can imagine, something that will appeal to any luxury SUV buyer.
3 - 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet's full-size Tahoe is the well-equipped big SUV on many shoppers' lists. Entirely new for 2021, the Tahoe features a larger interior and exterior that creates more passenger and cargo room. A new independent rear suspension also gives the truck-based 2021 Chevy Tahoe a smoother ride, whether in 2WD or 4WD versions. Because of the new rear suspension, third-row passengers now have ten more inches of legroom as well. There's also an additional ten cubic feet of storage space behind that final row. Three different engine options (two V8s and a new 3.0-liter Duramax diesel V6 that delivers V8 power and torque while getting up to 30 mpg on the highway) are available with the Tahoe. Chevy's industry-leading Infotainment touchscreen system also makes Tahoe's cabin an inviting, entertaining place.
4 - 2021 Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander has been a success for years now, and it's easy to see why because it does just about everything well. Highlander's three rows can seat up to eight passengers comfortably (kids can ride in the third row). It also comes with a long list of available driver-assistance technology and standard safety features. Properly equipped Highlanders can tow up to 5,000 pounds, and its various infotainment systems can keep all cabin occupants well-entertained. A 295-hp V6 engine or an available four-cylinder hybrid paired with two electric motors puts the Highlander's power to the road while delivering a combined city/highway EPA-estimated 35 mpg. The Toyota Highlander is also one of the automaker's top-selling SUVs, so don't expect it to gather dust on dealer lots, either.