A List of Mid-Sized SUV's

by Gregory Crews

Shopping for a mid-size sport utility vehicle can be difficult as there are so many choices. The average shopper looks for a vehicle that is capable of fuel economy and power. The SUV went from one extreme as being gas guzzling trucks with a lot of power and room. Midsize SUVs offer a great compromise as they have been shrunk down and integrated into the family unit as a multipurpose vehicle capable of the same tasks as their predecessor and saving money despite rising fuel costs.

Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox was introduced into the Chevrolet line-up in 2005 as a compact SUV. The Equinox was lengthened and became a mid-size SUV in 2007. The truck hosts a four or six-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic. This truck also has a flex-fuel option. The truck is equipped with a standard stability system for performance and handling. The price tag on this truck starts at $22,745, as of 2010.

Ford Edge

The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2011 and hosts a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This truck also has an optional V-6 as well. The Ford Edge comes with either a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive capacity. The Ford Edge comes with a touch screen technology to make the truck easier to operate and of course add some excitement to this revised SUV. The price tag on this truck starts at $27,220.

Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer has been redesigned for 2011. The Ford Explorer comes equipped with either an inline four cylinder or a V-6 engine capable of 290 horsepower. Both engines come equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Ford Explorer keeps up with the tradition of the past years with a roomy interior and plenty of power when needed. The Ford Explorer starts at $28,190.

Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee has been redesigned for 2011. This SUV hosts a 290 horsepower V-6 or a 360 horsepower V-8. This truck is standard with four-wheel drive. A heated steering wheel is available for those cold mornings. The Jeep Cherokee boasts a comfortable interior and plenty of leg room for the taller passengers. The price tag on the Jeep Cherokee starts at $30,215.

Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento is available with either a four- or a six-cylinder gasoline engine. The truck is also available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Sorento is unique with its panoramic sunroof and car-based construction, making it enjoyable for either sitting in traffic or a Sunday cruise. The newly redesigned Kia Sorento starts at $19,995.

Mazda CX-7

The Mazda CX-7 is equipped with either a 161-horsepower or 244 horsepower inline four-cylinder engine. The truck also comes with a blind spot warning system and an available backup camera for added safety. This truck can be purchased with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The price tag starts at $21,700.

Volkswagen Touareg

The Volkswagen Touareg has been redesigned with a new body style for 2011. This SUV boasts an eight-speed automatic transmission and is larger than its predecessor but lighter in weight. The drop in weight will boost its fuel economy. The Touareg comes standard with a choice of a gasoline, diesel or electric hybrid engine. The Touareg seats five and is competitive with the high-line models such as Lexus or Mercedes. The price starts at $40,000.

Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot was redesigned in 2009 and the body style is still the same for 2011. The Pilot seats eight comfortably with a 250-horsepower V6. The 5-speed transmission has been refined for a smoother ride. The Honda Pilot starts at $28,045.

About the Author

Gregory Crews has been in the film industry for three years and has appeared in more than 38 major motion pictures and 16 television shows. He also writes detailed automotive tutorials. His expertise in the automotive industry has given him the skills to write detailed technical instructional articles.

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