Small SUVs Onalaska WI

Be it high gas prices, a downsizing of life or just a realization that the vast majority of us don't need an SUV that takes up the entire driveway and seats 12; the small SUV is quickly becoming the king of the road.

Keenan's Cherryland
(608) 786-1212
995 W City Highway 16
West Salem, WI

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Premier Auto Group
(608) 786-6222
1508 Heritage Blvd
West Salem, WI

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Amery Ford Mercury Inc
(715) 268-7127
320 Keller Avenue South
Amery, WI
Services
AC and Heating Repair,Auto Dealers

Gross Motors
(715) 284-5425
404 E Division Street
Neillsville, WI
Services
Auto Glass Repair,Engine Repair,Paintless Dent Repair,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Timber Ford and Mercury
(715) 634-2829
16826 W US Highway 63
Hayward, WI
Services
Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Auto Dealers

Hi-Way Motors
(507) 895-2767
1570 US 14 61 E
LA Crescent, MN

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Gary's Automotive
(608) 582-4151
W17803 State Rd 35 54
Galesville, WI

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West Side GM
(920) 361-5100
270 Broadway Street
Berlin, WI
Services
Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Truck Dealers,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Hanna Trailers Inc
(414) 762-7950
7575 S Howell Avenue
Oak Creek, WI
Services
Trailer Repair,Truck Parts,Auto Dealers,RV and Camper Dealers

5 Corners GMC Sales and Service
(262) 375-1200
1266 Washington Avenue
Cedarburg, WI
Services
Alignment Repair,Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Van Dealers,Truck Dealers,Auto Dealers

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Small SUVs

Small SUVs

2008 Jeep Liberty
Jon Alain Guzik, DriverSide, Editor-in-Chief



2008 Honda CR-V



2008 Saturn VUE
The hot new buzzword in today's automotive vernacular is the word "crossover," which to us means anything from high roofline station wagon, like the Subaru Forester, to more svelte SUVs, like ever-popular Honda CR-V , Toyota RAV-4 , Ford Edge and the Jeep Liberty .

These models come in all shapes and sizes, and, while we like the idea of a crossover (basically a smaller SUV built on a unibody chassis rather than the truck-like body-on-frame for a more car-like ride and feel) and think the description is apt, we also feel that the small and compact SUV is a pretty neat concept all by itself, buzzwords aside.

According to a recent study by General Motors, the number of smaller SUVs sold in the U.S. has doubled since 2000, and there are now more than 30 entries in the segment for the 2008 model year. That's a lot of choice for the consumer.

GM adds that while the compact SUV used to be a more transitional segment, with buyers moving up to larger SUVs, this has changed. The small SUV is now the destination in and of itself with a whopping 32% of owners staying in the segment as they purchase new vehicles.

Be it high gas prices, a downsizing of life or just a realization that the vast majority of us don't need an SUV that takes up the entire driveway and seats 12; the small SUV is quickly becoming the king of the road.

Two models for 2008, the Land Rover LR2 and the Saturn VUE embody the idea of a smaller SUV to a tee, while approaching the concept from two very different directions.

"A lot of other OEMs have the car world down pat, and they were thinking, 'how do we get into the world of SUVs?' We said to ourselves at Land Rover, 'what do people find so cool about cars?'" says Bob Burns, manager of the 3D Experience Off-Road Events for Land Rover. "Cars are quiet and have good on-road handling. To Land Rover, the off-road thing is a no-brainer, but we wanted to push in the other direction by having an SUV that was more sedan-like [without] giving up a stitch when it came to off-road capability. It's still an SUV and still a Land Rover."

The Land Rover LR2, built upon years of storied off-road heritage, is not only one of the most capable of the new batch of smaller SUVs on and off the road, but it also has a price that will surprise those who thought the British nameplate was out of reach.

While you can rock crawl to your hearts content, the LR2 doesn't give up the creature comforts expected from the smaller SUV segment. It is also, undeniably, a Land Rover, boasting expected design cues as well as a proven and powerful 3.2- liter, V-6 engine.

The Saturn VUE is another good representation of what a small SUV has come to embody - choice and flexibility.

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