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Comparing SUVs

When shopping for a new car, it is hard to compare cars side by side in order to figure out which one is the best fit for you. It’s even harder to compare suvs, since there are so many different models. Fortunately there are several ways to compare suvs side-by-side without actually having both cars in the dealership lot.
Start by writing down the important aspects of each SUV you look at while shopping for your next vehicle. The easiest way to do this is keep a notebook with a separate page or two for each car. Don’t worry about bringing the notebook with you while you shop, a good dealership should have no problems with you taking your time and reviewing the positive and negative aspects of each car. In fact, any dealership that does not allow you to do this should not earn your business. For each car, be sure to note the following properties:
Make and model of the vehicle
Current mileage
Asking price
Size of the engine
Estimated gas mileage
Safety features
Additional features of the car
When you first start looking at vehicles, the make, model, and mileage are crucial. This is the information you have to have in order to determine the estimated value of the car. In fact, many people choose to write down this estimated value for each car in their notebook as they shop. Be sure to look up this number on your own; do not trust the information the dealership gives you.
Next, write down the size of the engine and the gas mileage of the SUV. While SUVs are not known for being fuel efficient, smaller models with smaller engines will tend to use less gas than larger models. Of course, a number of manufacturers have started to put smaller engines in their larger SUVs in an attempt to make them more fuel efficient. This can lead to the car having problems accelerating. Really think about what you are willing to sacrifice in terms of size in order to get good gas mileage.
Finally, write down any special features of the vehicle, including safety features. This information can often be the tie-breaker between several SUVs that you are considering.
After you’re done shopping around, look at each entry in your notebook. Remove the ones that do not fit your needs. Throw away these pages, then spread out the remaining pages on a table. Compare these SUVs to each other, throwing away pages for SUVs that you decide are not as good as another option on the table.