Another factor to consider when looking at cars with the best gas mileage is the size of the vehicle. You may want a small SUV or a large one may be all that will accommodate your family. Don’t automatically assume that a small SUV will always get better gas mileage than a large one. Some of the mid-sized and large SUVs do better in this category than smaller ones. It’s all a matter of knowing which ones are which. When you have this information in hand, you can make an informed decision as to which car is right for you.
When it comes to model year, the best gas mileage SUVs are the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain while the worst are the Chevrolet Suburban 2500 and the GMC Yukon XL 2500. The Equinox and Terrain get 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The Suburban 2500 and Yukon XL 2500, in contrast, get 10 mpg in the city and 15 on the highway. The average for all vehicles in this class was 17/24 with the range running from 10-32. This information was gathered from the EPA’s 2012 Fuel Economy Guide.
No matter which SUV you ultimately choose, there are ways you can save on gas each and every time you get behind the wheel. Accelerate slowly rather than punching it when a light turns green. Never speed to a red light either. If you let your foot off the gas and gradually slow down, you will save on fuel. The slower you drive, the less gas your vehicle will consume as resistance is less at lower speeds. Don’t let the car run when you are going to be sitting for a few minutes. It is best to turn it off and save on gas. SUVs are great cars, but can be fuel hogs. Keep this advice in mind when you go shopping and when you drive and your fuel costs won’t break the bank.
Hyundai’s slogan, ‘New Thinking. New Possibilities.’ echoes the brand’s approach to offer people a Modern Premium vehicle. What does this mean? That a car doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive or packed with every possible feature to be desirable and accessible to the masses. Casey Hyun, Creative Design Manager at Hyundai explains, “Modern Premium is about giving the customers value that goes beyond things such as cost. It is about giving people a sense of belonging to the brand, giving satisfaction that’s greater than what a long warranty or cost savings can give.” He goes on to say that people want to drive a car that gets noticed and isn’t just recognised for being fuel-efficient or eco-friendly. This brings us to Hyundai today.
Part of Hyundai’s evolution was establishing its new Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy. Where did it all start? At the beginning, which in auto terms of course refers to the concept phase. When designing concept cars Hyundai focuses mainly on quality, originality, sustainability and customer needs, which allow both New Thinking and New Possibilities to emerge.
It was at the ix-onic’s concept stage that Hyundai first incorporated its Fluidic Design language. This unique design philosophy draws inspiration from contrasts and harmony in nature, for example the curves of a sand dune set against the rigid surface of a landscape. The biggest challenge for Hyundai was to transform a conceptual drawing into a practical design. And it was with passion and hard work from a dedicated team that the concept ix-onic eventually became the showroom Hyundai ix35.
The new ix35 was designed to let you enjoy lower CO2 emissions and less wind resistance without having to sacrifice style. And nothing captures the essence of Hyundai’s new design ethos better – balancing beauty and efficiency. This can be seen in all the latest Hyundai models including the i10, i20, i30, Accent and Elantra along with Hyundai’s recognizable hexagonal grille proudly displaying the brand’s logo. One can only wonder and look forward to what other New Possibilities Hyundai’s New Thinking philosophy will bring.
One of the key aspects considered when sourcing for this type of vehicles is efficiency. It has the capacity to display high standard performance regardless of its size. Its working capacity is not limited to size in any way.
This car offers comfort to the user. Convenience is a vital consideration when deciding on which car to buy. This is because the main purpose is to not only serve the person driving it but also other passengers.
Reliability is another aspect held by purchasing the car. It possesses a great ability to deliver in all weather conditions and on all roads. This reduces travel worries which arise from distance or the road conditions.
The vehicle contains enough seats to accommodate more people. Being a family car, great need arises to create convenience for family trips without leaving anyone behind. It contains adequate space which goes a long way to create comfort to all passengers. Most SUVs have enough seating for five passengers, while some accommodate up to eight people.
Each year new technology is developed and manufacturers are able to offer consumers more features and options for their SUVs. Some of the latest technology includes wireless connections to online information and entertainment services. These include mapping data and information as well as connections to music services.
Tires are important for any vehicle since they guarantee safety on the road. Here are some guidelines to use when purchasing tires for your SUV:
Load rate and size
This information is usually found on the manufacturer’s manual. SUV’s are of different models and makes with each having its specifications. It’s always important to buy a tire with the right specifications of load for your SUV.
It’s usually safe to buy tires that have the correct load rating recommended by the manufacturer. If you decide to go for bigger tires for a better look, buy one with the same load rating as the one recommended by the manufacturer. It’s also important to buy rims that fit your tire too.
As the vehicle becomes heavier, traction effects heightens. It is hence important to consider the SUV’s tread width. They usually differ in size from six inches and above. The tread design determines load carrying, tire rating speed and how the vehicle skids. It’s therefore important to buy tires that are like yours.
Choice of tires
It’s not given that tires that come with the SUV are perfect for it. The manufacturer ensures that load and speed ratings are correct but the different terrains the consumer uses for the vehicle are not considered. You can consider installing tires that are suitable for your SUV.
All terrain tires are good for SUV’s. Mostly SUV’s are for rough terrain. All terrain tires have a high load rating and hence suitable. The tires should handle loose and rough terrain. When used on rough terrain, the tread should protect the tire from damage.
All-season tires on the other hand are tires that can be used in any weather because they perform better. They have good adhesion and prevent the tread from wearing fast. The all-season tires also have a wide temperature operating rage.
It’s advisable to replace tires with the exact type that’s on your vehicle. In case you decide to change the tires, make sure you do a complete change on all four tires. If you cannot afford all four, replace the rear tires. This ensures uniformity of the tires. SUV’s are usually installed with computer systems to guarantee proper working of brakes and transmissions. If the wheels are of different sizes then the system will misread information.
Drivetrain and Suspension
The Explorer Sport is outfitted with a Terrain Management System, bringing four-wheel drive capabilities to this model. Drivers can choose from four settings: snow, sand, mud and hill descent.
Drivers benefit from electric power steering and a sport-tuned suspension. Front MacPherson strut suspension and a stabilizer bar is complemented by an independent multilink rear suspension with a stabilizer bar. Front and rear vented disc brakes and four-channel ABS are standard. Every model is outfitted with 20-inch all-season BSW tires.
The Explorer Sport weighs 4,921 pounds and a has 5,000-lb. towing capacity when properly equipped.
The Explorer sits on a 112.6-inch wheelbase and is 197.1 inches long. It measures 90.2 inches wide and 71.0 inches tall. Front and rear track both measure an identical 67.0 inches.
Seating capacity is for six or seven passengers. Total passenger volume measures 151.7 cubic feet. Cargo volume is 21 cubic feet behind the third row seat, 43.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down and 80.7 cubic feet behind the first row.
The Sport’s interior features ample passenger room and is generously appointed. Contrasting stitching can be found across the seats and on the steering wheel, with two-tone leather, brushed aluminum trim and Sport logos placed prominently.
This model also offers many of the amenities today’s drivers want and expect. Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch, a wi-fi hotspot for passengers and Bluetooth connectivity are standard. Remote start, a manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel column, dual zone climate control and a 12-speaker premium audio system are also included. A navigation system with a trial SiriusXM satellite radio system is available.
Most awnings on the side of the vehicle are 2.5 metres x 2 metres, or 2 metres by 2 metres. The longer side is usually the one running length ways along your vehicle, so make sure you measure to see which is going to sit the best. These things are great, and incredibly cheap. In fact, you can get a good quality one for under $300, and fit it in around an hour.
4WD Awnings are designed to be set up by one person, and very quickly. The procedure normally involves unzipping the case, un-clipping the supports, rolling the awning out and standing the legs up. The legs are incorporated inside the aluminium frame that the awning rolls out of. Stand them up, attach the supports and if it is windy, put a few pegs in the ground with guy ropes going to the awning. I usually suggest that pegging it down is a good idea, as a gust of wind will pick the whole thing up, and dump it on your vehicle. This often results in panel damage!
4WD Awnings are completely weather proof; I have had a puddle of water build up on our awning when it was raining severely, and not a drop came through. Whether its a quick bite of lunch that you are after, or you want to sleep under the awning, they are a brilliant idea. You can get Awnings that pull out from the rear of the vehicle, and awnings that will cover all 3 sides of the vehicle. Expect to pay a considerably higher amount for these, but if they suit your purposes then that is great!
There are few aspects which set this car apart from other automobile options in the market. A person who is looking for a vehicle for weekend outing certainly does prefer a spacious wagon. Mahindra Quanto is very spacious on the inside plus it has two extra seats at the boot which is quite ample for small children. If not required, these seats can be folded back to get vast boot space. The second point comes out as the executive appeal of Quanto. Although it is a compact SUV the vehicle does not stand behind when it comes to formal looks. It can certainly be a symbol of personality of any working professional. The ground clearance of this vehicle comes out to be a benefit not only in hilly areas but also in bad roads of the city.
The best part of the compact SUV comes in the form of a technologically advanced diesel engine. Mahindra has used the mCR100 engine in the Quanto which is both fuel efficient and powerful. The Micro Hybrid Technology which is adopted in engines of Scorpio and XUV 500 vehicles is used in Quanto as well. This reduces fuel consumption to great extent to provide a powerful drive with great mileage. The fact that all these characteristics are available at a good price makes Quanto more impressive. Mahindra has carefully positioned the price of this compact SUV to stand between premium hatchbacks and other MuVs.
Mahindra Quanto does not make the customer feel low when it comes to comfort and convenience. The car has AC, armrests and perfectly placed utility space which include bottle holders and snack trays. A car which has SUV characteristics is expected to be well equipped with safety features. Mahindra Quanto does not fall short in this direction as well. Airbags, ABS and Intellipark Reverse Assist avoid dangers and protect passengers during a drive. The company has also picked good range of color options which has a mixture of premium and vibrant colors. While there are shades like Toreador Red and Rocky Beige to reflect the taste of the buyer colors like Java Brown and Mist Silver depict its dignity.
You see, not long ago, I was reminded of the importance of production in the services business, when I was asked by a start-up entrepreneur of on-site auto maintenance. He asked point blank; “How many oil changes can be completed by a decent crew (I am assuming 2 people to a crew/truck) in an 8 hour day using your trucks and methods?”
Okay, here is my experience; with full production – Six Sigma style – vehicles in a row (fleets) the answer is 100s with a crew of three. Personal cars, all different, you need very competent auto mechanics with experience 5-6 per hour with 2 people maximum. Of course, there is more to the story, in fact his next question was even blunter and I must say right on target too; “Do the trucks you use work on one vehicle at a time or multiple at once?”
When doing fleets you use an assembly line methodology, so first, you start the motors on five vehicles, but you pop the hoods on 15 in the row. After 8-minutes, you turn off the first five, start the second five, drain the first five drain plugs, you get the idea. Or, you use evacuation systems. It’s a process, the money is in the “time” not the job or cost per unit. Travel time is job time by the way, including chasing parts, filters – especially when you are paying automotive technicians to fetch oil filters, fuel filters, and such.
Indeed, I’ve always instructed our crews on the need to honor the concept of JIT – just in time inventory, that is to say have the supplier, NAPA Auto Parts for instance, deliver the filters needed to the job site, why pay to stock the filters, inventory them, transport them, when these auto part companies deliver and will do anything to earn your business? If you are going to run an auto business whether you are dealing with private owners of SUVs or those in charge of large fleets of vehicles, then you need to run it with production in mind. Please consider all this and think on it.
If you are stuck in sand, simply remove them from their storage location (a lot of people mount them on roof racks with the supplied mounts), dig some of the sand out of the way and put them as far under the wheels as possible. Maxtrax have the ability to be used as a shovel, making life very easy. Once you have a pair (make sure they are used on the same axle or you will get crossed up) under the wheels, gently accelerate until the vehicle grabs the Maxtrax and goes forward. These can be used in forward or reverse motions, and if you have a second set can be used together (1 on each wheel).
There are a number of alternatives to Maxtrax, but you get what you pay for. In mud, Maxtrax also works exceptionally well. Simply move a bit of the mud out of the way (or just jam them under the tyres) and you are set to go. The advantage of storing these on top of your vehicles is that when they are dirty, you don’t have to put them in your car!
Maxtrax come in a number of colours, and can be mounted on the rear tyre, roof racks or inside the vehicle. If you have a dual cab ute its often easy to mount them up against the canopy. If you are going to use the conventional methods of recovering a vehicle (with a snatch strap, tow rope or winch) make sure you always think twice about your safety.
When recovering a stuck vehicle, there are a number of things that can break, creating fast flying object. Snatch straps in particular will take anything they are attached to and shoot it through the air faster than you can see. Dampeners are vital, as they limit how far the strap or cable will go through the air. The advantage of Maxtrax though, is the fact that you don’t have to worry about something breaking or going wrong. You are guaranteed a safe, quick and easy recovery!
When the Safari was launched, back in 1998, it was equipped with a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, diesel engine that was turbocharged. A few years later, in 2003, the car received some upgrades such as power steering, better mechanics, improved interiors and so on. But the Safari still drew a lot of flak for its underpowered, harsh engine. As a response, Tata Motors launched a heavily modified Safari in 2005 with a 3.0 litre DiCOR engine. DiCOR stands for Direct injection Common Rail and this engine was indeed the first from Tata Motors which had common rail fuel injection technology. As of now, buyers can order their Tata Safari DiCOR only with a 2.2 litre, 138 bhp, 4 cylinder diesel engine and a 5 speed manual transmission.
One department where the vehicle has shone right from the day it was released is its off roading capability. Despite mixed verdicts, Tata Safari DiCOR reviews have always praised in this regard. The SUV has a high ground clearance of 205mm, high approach and departure angles of 31°, a 30° break-over angle and can wade through water that’s a foot deep. One can engage 4 wheel drive without having to stop the car first thanks to its shift on the fly 4×4 engagement system and also climb hills that have an inclination of up to 26° (78% gradient). Another major feature which helps this car tackle rough terrain is its limited slip differential as it prevents the tyres from slipping when the ground offers minimal grip.
The Safari has undergone a lot of updates and upgrades to make it more appealing to potential customers. The car gets a dual air conditioner with a separate blower unit directed towards the middle and last rows mounted on the roof. An extremely useful feature is the parking lot locator. At least once, everybody would have forgotten the exact location of their car in a large parking lot and then run around all over the place searching for it. But with the Safari, simply press a button on the car’s remote and the car’s roof light turns on and, after 5 seconds, fades out. This makes the finding the car in a dark area a cinch. A puddle lamp mounted underneath the door illuminates the area where a person would step while getting out of the car so that they don’t step into something they wouldn’t want to! Another feature called the ‘Follow Me Home’ light keeps the headlights on for half a minute once the doors are locked so that the occupants can have their way home from the garage illuminated.
Taking safety into consideration, Tata Motors has endowed the Safari with ABS, a more rugged chassis and body construction and a reversing camera. Customers can choose from one of seven standard or dual tone colours – Cycus grey, Arctic Silver, Pearl White, Quartz Black, Arctic White, Quartz black with Real earth combination and Cycus grey with Arctic silver combination. The Tata Safari DiCOR price range goes from Rs. 10 lakhs to Rs. 17 lakhs, depending on the variant. Despite stiff competition, this old timer is proving itself by continuing to perform well due its comfort, enormous interior space and its prowess at long distance cruising.