List of the Top 2010 SUVs
The fleet of 2010 SUVs is a robust fleet which offers many great options in terms of style, price, and size. Buyers are sure to find a model that fits their needs (at least we hope so). Whether you are looking for fuel efficiency, room, or a sleek design, there is a model for every taste. Taking a little time up front to consider some advantages and disadvantages for each model will help in making the best purchasing decision.
Vehicles are a big investment and do tend to lose value over time, so getting the most value out of a vehicle is of quite important to most people. On average, a person owns a vehicle for three to five years. Some people own their vehicle for much longer; obviously, so you need to make a purchasing decision that makes sense to you. In today’s economy few people can afford to spend money on a car or truck that fails to live up to expectations. So, the review provided below offers some of the best choices for SUVs from the year 2010; comparing pluses and minuses of each vehicle.
List of the Top 2010 SUVs:
The 2010 Kia Borrego is offered in price packages ranging from $26,245 to $32,995. Standard warranty options include a 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty and a 10 year 100,000 mile power-train warranty. Gas mileage estimates are 15-17 mpg for city driving and 20-22 mpg for highway cruising. As a counter trend among 2010 SUVs, Kia is offering a rather large model with the Borrego. This runs somewhat counter to other manufacturers who are downsizing their offerings in a time of rising gas prices. The exterior is sleek and simple, with aerodynamic optimization. With a roomy interior that offers luxurious accents, Kia is trying to get some recognition in the luxury SUV market. The interior controls are functional and intuitive, although, not dazzling. Front passenger and second row seating are roomy and spacious. The third row is not truly practical for adults, but is well-suited for the kids.
Although offered in a four-wheel drive version, the Borrego will fail to impress those who drive off road frequently. The suspension is soft and bumps are felt each and every time. This vehicle is most appropriate for driving on pavement. Buyers can choose between a V6 and V8 engine in the Borrego. The V8 version is a little more expensive, but surprisingly offers better fuel economy. Both engine versions are able to operate on regular 87 octane gas, which will save money at the pump.
2010 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD
Ford is proud of its foray into the hybrid marketplace. Ranging in price from $26,265 to around $32,000 based on options, the Escape Hybrid offers numerous options and features that are sure to please many shoppers. The vehicle comes standard with a three year, 36,000 mile warranty. Mileage is estimated around 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg while driving in the city. The vehicle presents a beefy exterior meant to give the impression of toughness. It does manage to avoid looking clunky, however, maintaining a slender overall look.
Interior design mirrors the exterior with large, distinct shapes and schemes. Large controls make for easy use, but may be off putting to some buyers. A fully feature on board screen allows for monitoring of engine performance or navigation. The front seats are roomy and expansive, but the rear seating will prove less comforting for average size adults.
Ford has apparently mastered conversion between electric and gas motors as there is no delay in acceleration. Traveling up hill or passing slow drivers will present no difficulties. A high center of gravity, however, makes the vehicle a little less maneuverable on curves. Stiffer suspension makes the ride a little bumpier, but more well suited for off road driving as compared to the Kia Borrego when comparing 2010 SUVs in off road performance.
2010 Land Rover LR4
With a sticker price starting out at just above $48,000 the LR4 is meant to appeal to upper middle income buyers wanting a little style and class in their SUV. This model offers a four year, 50,000 mile warranty. Fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg for highway driving and 12 mpg in the city. This is lower than both the Ford and Kia models described above.
The best way to describe the exterior is blocky roundness. Specific details add distinct character to the LR4 that previous Land Rover owners have come to admire and expect. The exterior exudes luxury with attention paid to every aspect of the body. A centerpiece air intake draws one’s eye to the front center of the vehicle. It looks powerful and gets noticed. The LR4 merges analog with digital, providing dial gauges alongside a digital display. The suspension can also be modified on the fly for different terrain conditions with a simple knob twist, providing optimum riding comfort on the highway or off road, in mud, rain or snow.
The powerful V8 puts many other 2010 SUVs to shame with quick acceleration under all driving conditions. The suspension package provides solid performance and comfort, riding more like a smaller vehicle than a large SUV. The driver gets to enjoy the comfort and room of a large vehicle with the smooth operation and control typically enjoyed only in much smaller vehicles. Buyers who can afford it will sing the praises of the LR4 on and off the road.
When looking over the various 2010 SUVs, the three models discussed above offer a wide variety of style and pricing options suitable to any buyers budget. Get the right vehicle at the right price by having a little foreknowledge when visiting the dealership.
Obviously there are more than these 3 vehicles from the year 2010, but these do provide significant value at the price for which they are offered. If you are looking for additional SUV models (and particularly hybrids) feel free to read more of our SUV reviews.
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