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.
2011 Ford Expedition
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.
2011 Jeep Patriot
Jeep Patriot – Comfortable and affordable for a capable off-road SUV, the compact, five-seat Jeep Patriot scored 38,620 sales in 2010, up 23 percent from the 31,432 sold in 2009. For 2011, the Patriot benefits from refreshed styling, is available in two-wheel drive (Sport 4x2 and Latitude 4x2) and four-wheel drive (Sport 4x4 and Latitude 4x4) models, and has base prices ranging from $15,995 to $21,395. Two-wheel drive Sport and Latitude models are powered by a 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine with dual variable valve timing (VVT) , while 4x4s get the 2.24-liter in-line four-cylinder powerplant with dual VVT. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway (2WD) and 22/28 mpg (4WD). Ground clearance is a hefty 8.2 inches. Cargo capacity with rear seats folded is 62.7 cubic feet. Payload is a maximum of 925 pounds, and the Patriot tows up to 2,000 pounds. Be sure to check out Marty Padgett’s first look of the 2011 Jeep Patriot in The Car Connection.
2010 GMC Yukon Hybrid
GMC Yukon –Like the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the GMC Yukon is a large, truck-based SUV powered by a Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine that makes up to 320 horsepower (332 hp in the Yukon Hybrid). EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers are the same as well: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway, and in the Yukon Hybrid, 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway. Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds (6,200 lb in Hybrid), and has a payload capacity up to 1,673 pounds. Starting prices for the Yukon, available in SLE, SLT, and Denali trims, is $38,535 up to $58,990, while the Yukon Hybrid starts at $51,200. Sales of GMC Yukon in 2010 were 28,781, down 2.1 percent from 29,411 in 2009.
2011 Yukon XL
GMC Yukon XL – Similar to the Chevrolet Suburban in length and powered by the same 320-horsepower Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine, the GMC Yukon XL sold 23,797 in 2010, up 41.6 percent from 2009 sales of 16,819. Note that combining 2010 GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL sales totals 52,578 – elevating Yukon above Ford Expedition (which includes regular and extended-length models in its sales numbers). Towing, payload, seating capacity and fuel economy are identical to the half-ton Chevy Suburban. A Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 engine powers ¾-ton models, achieving EPA-estimated fuel economy of 10 mpg city/16 mpg highway (2WD) and 10/15 mpg (4WD). The 2011 GMC Yukon XL has a starting MSRP of $42,005. See The Car Connection for a look at the 2010 GMC Yukon XL Denali.
Missed the first half of this story? Check out Best-Selling SUVs in 2010, Part One.
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