The SUV or sports utility vehicle was originally intended for difficult terrain and off-road driving. Designed with high clearance and a body-on-frame chassis, there is a strong engine powering the vehicle. These were the best choice for exploring the wilderness in Alaska or going on an African safari. Gradually, SUVs have emerged as a popular choice among suburban families for daily use. This is because SUVs have proved themselves to be a convenient vehicle even in an urban setting. Today one will find more people driving SUVs than minivans. Quick to notice the craze, manufacturers are constantly designing and building more improved models to suit the city life and large families.
There are a number of reasons why one should choose an SUV over a regular car for their family. Here are a few of the most important ones:
- More space
Thanks to its generous proportions, SUVs have spacious interiors and many have a third row of seats to carry extra passengers or additional baggage or cargo.
- Better handling
SUV’s are better on city roads, thanks to their higher ground clearance. This is a more suitable class of vehicle and handles those rough patches on the roads much better than a regular car can.
- Higher driving position
With a higher perch, one gets a better view of the road ahead and can keep a good eye on the traffic. This can help you make quick, important decisions when driving, especially in crowded cities.
- Better hauling
Thanks to their size and larger cargo capacities, they are much better for hauling large amounts of groceries, camping equipment, sports equipment, etc. The rear seats can be removed and make an even bigger space for your stuff.
- More power
One can feel all that power and muscle as soon as they get behind the wheel of an SUV. We all love to feel a vehicle’s power and if we can get it without sacrificing comfort and space, why not?
- More safety features
With superior capabilities for handling & braking, a stronger frame and multiple parking and driving sensors and cameras, the SUV is much safer for your family than a car is.
SUVs are quickly becoming the first choice for families, as they offer comfortable passenger seating, attractive exteriors, great performance and power while providing respectable fuel economy. They are much safer than they have been in the past, offer a great driving experience and the advantage of a great capacity for passengers and cargo. Most people choose to buy an SUV over a car as it fulfills more of their wants and needs.
So with these in mind, people started making some adjusting to powerful vehicles and turn them into hybrid SUVs. When you make up your mind to buy hybrid SUVs, keep in mind the fact that not all of them are advantageous when it comes to the costs, which means that you have to look for information before choosing among the various hybrid SUVs. To assist you with the choice, analysts at automotive-cost tracking Web site IntelliChoice.com ran a study for CNNMoney.com, in which they analyzed and compared projected 5-year ownership costs for specific vehicles the average expected costs of which were similar to SUVs. The elements followed in this study were fuel, maintenance, finance costs and depreciation. Analysts wanted to learn whether specific costs measured up to their expectations. They also compared the difference amounts between non hybrid and hybrid SUVs. According to their findings, hybrid SUVs beat the broad expectations by about $4,000.
Among the hybrid SUVs advertised on the market at present, we could count certain vehicles like Acura RD-X, BMW X5 Hybrid, Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge Durango, Ford Escape, Lexus RZ 400h, Saturn VUE, to name just a few models. This richness of designs indicates that automobile manufacturers are increasingly coping with the global preoccupation about the environment.
Performance of the vehicle is bettered
Once you attach the correct spacers for rims, performance of your vehicle will be enhanced. After you ride the car, you will experience a far smoother rider than before. As the spacers make the wheels push out, you can also attach wider tires. This enhances the road grip. The suspension system works better with the bigger tires. You will find lesser impact when the wheel falls into the potholes when the car is in motion. Some people feel that with the addition of wheel spacers, the overall weight of the car is increased. They fear that the efficiency of the car may go down. This does not happen in reality. With addition of the light weight and strong spacers, you can take sharp turns easily.
Tire life is increased
When the spacers are inserted between the wheel and the hub of the car, the overall fitting becomes tighter. This brings down the jerking and the feel of the ride is also enhanced. If the tires are of the larger variety and the spacers are absent, there is always the possibility of the tires to rub against the body parts. This can increase the wear and tear of the tires. Increase of friction is the primary cause for this. Fitting the spacers will reduce the friction element and the lives of the tires are increased. You will have to shell out lesser money on the tire replacements.
Increase the balance of your car
With the fixation of the spacers for rims, your car balance improves. As the wheels get spaced outwards, the distance between the right and the left wheels are increased on the shaft. The weight of the car gets a better balance with a shift in the equilibrium of the car. It gets improved further when a wider tire is used. As the surface area of the tires increase, the car weight gets distributed over a wider area. This affects the road grip positively.
With US Automakers under the careful eye of investors and analysts they realize that they must adapt to the changing market. With fuel prices up and Japanese Automakers capturing another 4-5% of the United States Auto Market it is clear that car buyers want more efficient vehicles. It is quite evident with the 284 million dollar loss at Ford and the Delphi bankruptcy that it is time for a change. General Motors is even discussing dumping GMAC and has already made a deal with the Unions to cut back on some of those healthcare benefits and start discussing the under funded pensions.
As a sign to shareholders and analysts General Motors announced its plans to come out with a new small SUV, as well as introduce some new cross-overs, as many as 14 by 2010. Will it be enough? That is for time to tell, but it shows that GM is serious about fixing some of its ills. There will be smaller versions of the Saturn Vue, Chevy Equinox and the Pontiac Torrent. It is hard to say if this is enough to get buyers to take their names off the waiting lists for Hybrids at the Japanese Automaker Dealerships of Toyota and Honda. The soccer mom has spoken, but one does have to wonder if it is a little too late to bring GM out of a downward spiral as our nation enters a change in our business cycle.
Simply building smaller cars and SUVa may not be enough because it is more about the $100 monthly gasoline bill that the average American Family is looking at than merely the size of the vehicle. In fact people would drive around school buses if they got 50 miles to the gallon. Size does matter, but efficiency in the revolutions per minute is even more important, because that means fuel economy. Think on this.
- Stay alert and stay on the road. That sounds elementary, but remember that most SUV rollovers occur when the vehicle goes off the shoulder, down a hill, into a ditch, or any of the other places where its high center of gravity puts it at high risk for rollover. You’re more likely to stay on the road if your full attention is on your driving. Talking on your cell phone, even with a hands-free device, arguing with passengers, putting on makeup, shaving, or arguing with the talk-radio speaker are all significant distractions. If you need to make a phone call or settle the kids in the back seat or finish getting dressed, find a place to pull over safely. Take care of business. Then get back to the business of driving with your full attention.
- Know how your SUV handles. If it’s an older model, 2005 or earlier, or if it’s a very large one, it’s probably built on a pickup truck chassis, and it’s going to handle like a pickup truck: high center of gravity, not great on curves, not as nimble as a passenger car. Don’t ask it to take curves at high speed, and allow more time for all steering maneuvers.
- Remember that SUV’s are heavier than passenger cars. The heavier your vehicle is, the longer it needs for braking and stopping. Have your brake pads checked for wear at regular service intervals. Test your SUV’s braking capacities on an empty stretch of road, and learn the timing you need to brake at highway speed. This exercise will take you less than ten minutes and it could save your life.
- Buckle up. In a rollover your seat belt could save your life. In rollovers many serious injuries and fatalities result from people being thrown from the vehicle. If you’re driving a vehicle with a high risk of rollover, you’ll want all the protection you can get
- Choose the safest SUV you can. SUV’s have a higher risk of rollover because they’re top heavy. Their center of gravity is higher than that of a passenger car, and a vehicle with a high roof line and a narrow wheelbase are the worst combination. Look for an SUV that’s built low and has a broad wheelbase. If you’re not driving off-road on a regular basis, you won’t miss that extra height, and in an unstable situation the lower, wider profile can mean the difference between staying upright and flipping.
- Consistently check your tires. Be sure they’re in good shape, with plenty of tread, and keep them inflated to the manufacturer’s specifications. A strong, properly inflated tire is more able to handle curves, pot-holes, ditches and other road hazards that lead to rollovers
The idea of using a SUV gasoline saver kit is using hydrogen gas (H2) as a supplementary power supply. The hydrogen gas can easily be generated from water through an electrolysis process. It is just basic science. We know that water is made from 2 parts hydrogen and one part oxygen thus its name H2O. Hydrogen gas is produced when the electrolysis device is running with power from the battery. The next step is to vent to H2 into the engine air filtration system.
When the engine is running, fresh air and the hydrogen gas will be sucked into the combustion chambers. H2 in the chambers will combined with gasoline vapor and ignited. The explosion caused by the gas mixture is much greater due to the high potency of hydrogen gas. When a car is using the same amount of gasoline and is achieving higher engine output, the vehicle will travel further thus increasing its MPG. Higher mileage equals to better fuel cost savings for the SUV owners. In essence, the system converts a SUV into a hydrogen hybrid vehicle.
To implement a SUV gasoline saver is not a complicated process. The are no major modification done on the car engine and the whole process can be reversed. To get started with the conversion process, you will need to get an instruction guide. Most of the guides are available from the internet
The 4.8 liter V8 engine with 385 horse power output will make the SUV sprint with bulky body to achieve 6.4 to reach the first 60 miles. With 6 Triptionic-S Transmission gets Cayenne to reach 155 miles per hour top speed. It expends around 14 mile per gallon and 21 miles per gallon on the high way.
The interior looks very nice and sophisticated. Almost every single thing in this vehicle is covered by leather. The front console gives full control ever everything. Instead of paddle levers, Cayenne voted to use shift switches. Completed with a large LCD screen for navigation system and BOSE (R) Surround 12 speakers Sound Audio System with SIRIUS Satellite Radio that could provide almost 200 satellite radio, they will add the comfort in driving. The automatic climate control system brings up with other 2 additional rear outlets. It even has computer inside! It is also included driver’s and passengers’ airbags with multi-stage deployment. All seats are equipped with seat adjustment power to comfort each one of passenger inside for height, lumbar, six and tilt adjustments and for the two seats up front and rare are with arm rests.
From the outside, Porsche Cayenne takes some of Porsche 911 look. With its 21 inch wheel, Cayenne also has other highlighted exterior elements such as projector beam lens halogen headlamps, fog lamps, and windshield wipers with auto-intermittent rain and wipe sensor.