Monday, June 24 2019



New SUVs: The Best 2017 Models



Whether you are seeking a vehicle capable of doing the daily groceries or need one ready to cross the country while hauling the whole family and their toys, 2017 offers up a variety of SUVs ready to meet the challenges of the modern family. Topping our list are the Ford Escape, while small it comes equipped with all the techie touches needed to stay connected, the Acura MDX when luxury is the name of the game and the JEEP Grand Cherokee ready to tackle off-road challenges while towing your ATVs. They each have four doors and a lift gate, but where they differ is in horsepower, capacity, and appointments designed for comfort and convenience. Read on to determine which is best suited for your garage.

The Ford Escape offers seating for five. The optional 2.0L EcoBoost engine provides a peppy 245 horsepower that offers a surprisingly fuel friendly 29 mpg highway. Available in front-wheel and four-wheel drive, it can tackle daily commutes as well as visits to the mountains. Fold down the rear seats for 68 cubic feet of cargo space. It is capable of towing up to 3500 lbs. when properly equipped, meaning it is able to handle small pop-up trailers or a motorcycle. Of course, there are USB ports, Bluetooth technology and available navigation to meet your digital requirements before setting out on the road. Topping out at $28,000 it is an economical choice for the family that needs a versatile vehicle while sticking to a budget.

When comfort and reputation are more of a concern, check out the luxury Acura MDX. Featuring second row captain’s chairs with leather appointments, nobody is going to complain about riding in the back. Tri-zone climate controls along with the dual-entertainment system ensures they will be warm and distracted while you are rolling down the highway. The MDX includes all the latest safety innovations such as lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, reducing your worries when working as the family chauffeur. In keeping with its reputation as sumptuous sedans, Acura loaded up their SUV with jeweleye head lights, power moonroof, smartkey entry and push button start. However, all this bling comes at a cost. Look to spend upward of $58,000 when traveling in luxury.

For the family ready to attack the rugged frontier, the JEEP Grand Cherokee offers up the muscle and ability you are seeking. The Selectrain traction control system enables the pilot to tackle steep inclines, rocky terrain and muddy byways with confidence. The optional 5.7L EcoDiesel engine offers a strong 360 horsepower and 390 ft. lbs. of torque, ready to deliver all the power needed in any conditions. Meanwhile, the clan can ride in comfort with leather seating throughout and automatic climate control while enjoying the latest shows on their dual screen entertainment systems. Tow up to 7,000 lbs. with the proper equipment while protecting the drive train with skid plates. The Grand Cherokee has all the luxury bells while ready to stand up to abuse. Price this one out comparable to the Acura MDX.

The ever expanding sport utility vehicle market offers plenty of variety to meet your specific demands and budget. Happy shopping!