A lineup of Toyota RAV4 SUV models at a Toyota dealership in Oakland, California
A lineup of Toyota RAV4 SUVs | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

If you want to learn more about the SUV, or you’re thinking about your next purchase, this is a good place to start. Weekend warrior? Maybe you need plenty of cargo space for hauling gear to the mountains for winter sports. Or, maybe you cart the kids around town after school; in that case, the 7-seater SUV may be a good fit. Other factors to consider when window-shopping for the best SUV are: size, class, gas vs electric, performance, safety, technology, AWD vs RWD, interior amenities, style and price. 

Seeking the luxury SUV that is also an affordable SUV?

Many who are just starting out on their SUV journey find it helpful to make a list of pros and cons. Your list may begin with three basic questions: (1) are you looking for a new or used SUV? This is often determined by budget, and how much SUV you want. If budget isn’t a big concern, but you still don’t want to break the bank, you may have an interest in the most-affordable luxury SUVs. (2) Will you need a compact, midsize, or large SUV? And finally (3), gas or electric? If the environment is important to you, and you’re interested in learning more about the tax incentives that come with the EV version, here’s an in-depth look into the electric SUV. Lookout for the buzz-worthy Ford Mustang Mach-E, Audi e-tron, or the upcoming Rivian R1S.

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