SUVs are becoming more and more popular in the US. This article explores how SUVs have changed over time and what new features are expected to come to them in the future.
WHAT IS AN SUV?
An SUV, or sport utility vehicle, is an automobile that is to be used for recreational purposes. While the term originally referred to vehicles that could be used for both off-road driving and hauling cargo, it now typically includes vehicles that are not capable of hauling heavy equipment.
HISTORY OF SUVS
With roots in the late-19th century, SUVs are designed to be the most versatile type of vehicle on the market. The first Sports Utility Vehicle was developed by American company International Harvester in 1920. Called the “Auto Gypsy,” it was classified as a light truck and was designed for rugged terrain driving. Starting in 1949, Americans could buy their first true 4×4 – called an “all-purpose utility vehicle.” This was one of the first SUVs available to consumers that captured America’s attention.
Sports Utility Vehicles are the most popular vehicle type in the U.S., with more than 15 million car families sold already this year. Manufacturers are now designing Sports Utility Vehicles that are not only sleek but also eco-friendly and luxurious. The newest trend is to offer Sports Utility Vehicles that can be plug-in hybrid or fully electric, so they can run on battery power alone, or on gasoline if needed.
US SUV MARKET
SUVs are one of the most popular types of cars in the US, and that trend doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. US manufacturers are investing heavily into this segment, and it will likely represent between 18-20% of car sales by 2020. This growth has been driven by shifts in demographics. The average age of Sports Utility Vehicle buyers is getting older, with over 64% over the age of 40.
INTERIOR FEATURES OF SPORTS UTILITY VEHICLES
One of the great features of Sports Utility Vehicles is that they offer plenty of space. If you like to pack for your family’s adventures, then you’ll be happy to know that many Sports Utility Vehicles afford enough space in the backseat and trunk for luggage and all the gear you need. The best feature about SUVs is that no matter what size or shape, they are still easy to drive around town or take on long road trips.