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Continuing our two-part series on the best-selling SUVs in 2010, Family Car Guide takes a look at the next five traditional SUVs that proved most popular with consumers. All save one are large SUVs.
Chevrolet Suburban – With 2010 sales of 45,142 (compared with 41,055 in 2009), the half-ton and ¾-ton Chevrolet Suburban large SUV clearly offers maximum passenger and cargo capacity, along with impressive towing capability. The Suburban is also one of the longest-running nameplates in the U.S. automotive market, dating back more than 75 years. With space for up to nine people, maximum cargo capacity of 137.4 cubic feet, the easy-to-drive Suburban can easily tow up to 8,100 pounds of boats and trailers. Under the hood, The half-ton Suburban boasts a 320-horsepower Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management and E85 flex-fuel capability – achieving an EPA-estimated 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway. In ¾-ton Suburbans, power comes from a 352-horsepower 6.0-liter V-8 engine with 10 mpg city/16 mpg highway. Ground clearance is 10.5 inches in front and 9.1 inches in rear. Maximum payload is 1,657 pounds. The Suburban is available in three models, LS, LT, and LTZ, in two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD), with base prices ranging from $40,925 to $56,170. Check out editor’s review of the 2010 Chevrolet Suburban in The Car Connection.
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Ford Expedition -- If you need to tow a large boat or camper-trailer, you can’t beat the power, comfort, and capability of Ford Expedition and Expedition EL large SUVs. With three-row seating for up to eight, second- and third-row seats that fold flat into the floor for a maximum cargo capacity of 108.3 cubic feet (Expedition) and 130.8 cubic feet (Expedition EL), and best towing capacity in its class of 9,200 pounds (4x2 Expedition) and 8,900 pounds (Expedition EL), the list of Expedition accolades goes on. Total 2010 sales of regular and extended-length Expedition models of 37,336 was up 17.9 percent from 31,655 in 2009. These are truck-based, old-school full-size SUVs. Grunt comes from the 310-horsepower 5.4-liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is flex-fuel capable, meaning it can run on E85 ethanol, gasoline, or any combination of the two. Two-wheel drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is optional. The Expedition has 8.7 inches ground clearance, achieves EPA-estimated 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway (non-EL and EL 4x2) and 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway (non-EL 4x4). Starting prices for eight Expedition models ranges $36,900 to $49,030. See The Car Connection review of the 2010 Ford Expedition.