Full-size SUVs are an attractive alternative to minivans for many families. While generally more expensive, they offer more versatility, power, and towing capability than minivans. There are more than a dozen models of full-size SUVs to choose from. If even more luxury is desired, there are many large luxury SUV models available to consumers, which are comparable in size to vehicles in the full-size class. Full-size SUVs can start at prices near $30,000 ranging up to about $45,000 for a fully optioned model.
Makes and models competing in the full-size SUV market segment include the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Traverse, Chrysler Aspen, Ford Expedition, GMC Acadia, GMC Yukon, Hyundai Veracruz, Kia Borrego, Mazda CJ-9, Nissan Armada, Toyota Land Cruiser, and Toyota Sequoia. Vehicles in this class have three-row seating and normally seat up to eight people. They generally have V-8 engines with between 275 and 400 horsepower and can tow large items such as boats and trailers. Gas mileage is typically in the 15-20 mile per hour range.
Full-size SUVs offer the most space, most power, and greatest towing capability in the SUV market segment. Buying a full-size SUV can be a great choice for large families.