Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) have a raised ground clearance, higher roof, and higher seating positions, which allow them to not only navigate uneven and rocky grounds effortlessly but also provide the driver with a good view of the road. Since they are roomier than normal cars, the drive is more comfortable with more leg and boot room for both the driver and the occupants. Another characteristic of utility vehicles is a strong truck chassis, which gives them a strong and robust structure to withstand hard driving condition. To top it all off, SUVs have become more fuel efficient and eco-friendly over the years too, so it is no wonder why many people want to buy them. However, with so many choices in the market, it can be tricky to decide on one. Today, I will review six best SUVs you can buy in 2019 that are worth every dime you pay.
1. 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
The modern-day version of the Jeeps used in World War II, the Jeep Wrangler Sahara is a vehicle that can be termed both street-oriented and luxury. The four-door Sahara (the two other Jeep Wrangler variants Rubicon and Sport are also available with two doors) has tires for street driving, chrome accents, a body color jeep hardtop, and body color flare fenders. The SUV houses a 3.6 liter V6, which makes 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. There are two more engine options namely 2.0L turbo-four and a new turbo-diesel v6. The six-speed manual is standard while an automatic eight-speed is optional throughout the range. The EPA-rated fuel economy ratings for the 3.6-liter V-6 stand at 17/25 mpg city/highway. It costs around $31,500.
2. 2019 Buick Envision
With a price ranging from $33,000 to above $40,000, the Buick Envision is both roomy and stylish and is bigger in size to the BMW X1. For turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive capability, you have to spend above $43,000 to get Premium variant. It comes in five trim levels – 1SV, Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Premium II. In the Essence trim sitting in the middle of the range contains lots of best features including tri-zone automatic climatic controls, a heated steering wheel, rear cross traffic alert and lane change alert with side blind zone alert, as well as an eight-inch color touchscreen. Built in China, the Buick compact luxury crossover probably carries an underpowered 197 horsepower engine in its standard version.
3. 2019 Acura RDX
The 2019 Acura RDX design theme is a mix of the Precision Concept and the Acura NSX. The luxury SUV is roomy, powerful, and large. There is only one option i.e. a 2.0-liter turbocharged VTEC delivering 272 horsepower, mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission. The SUV comes with the standard Acura’s Integrated Dynamics System, a panoramic moon-roof and Apple CarPlay support. The price starts at $37,300 and goes up to $47,400 Acura RDX (AWD) with Advance Package.
4. 2019 Ford Explorer
Responsible for starting the SUV craze in the 1990s, the Explorer gained more likings when it switched to a uni-body crossover design in 2011. Presently in its fifth-generation, the 2019 Ford Explorer retains exceptional exterior and interior design and superior handling. The powertrain choices include a standard 3.5 liter V6 gasoline, a turbocharged EcoBoost inline four-cylinder, and a turbocharged 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine. The 2019 Explorer is not much different to the 2018 Ford Explorer, so I expect it will have a starting price of $32,140 (the 2019 model’s price is not revealed yet).
5. 2019 Hyundai Kona
The 2019 Hyundai Kona comes with small changes. The sporty SUV is available in four versions – SE, SEL, Limited and Ultimate. The range-topping Limited variant offers the best value out of all four and is equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter GDI engine churning out 175 horsepower. Other salient features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED head and taillights, and a power tilt-and-slide sunroof. The price starts at $19,000 (2018 model).
6. 2019 Lexus NX300
The 2019 Lexus NX isn’t the freshest SUV in the market but it stays true to SUV nature. This is the reason the NX300 sells like a hot cake. It is available in five variants – the Lexus NX 300 FWD, the Lexus NX 300 AWD, the Lexus NX 300h, the Lexus NX 300 F Sport and the Lexus NX 300 F Sports AWD. The luxury SUV from Lexus retains a 2.0-liter engine pumping out 235 horsepower that powers the front wheels. Under $40,000, you can get all safety equipment, an infotainment suit, four USB ports, and an all-wheel-drive facility. The starting price is $36,185 and remains under $40K for the top version.