A sport utility vehicle (SUV) is a utility vehicle weighing 8,500 pounds or less.
Sport utility vehicles are popular because they are loaded with a combination
of qualities—many standard features of passenger cars and special features
for driving on and off paved roads. SUVs offer ruggedness, engine power, roominess, and comfort. Many are equipped with 4-wheel drive to give the extra traction needed for driving in difficult conditions, such as on snow, mud,or sand.
Prospective customers need to realistically evaluate their transportation needs. While the multipurpose SUVs are not passenger cars, most owners use SUVs in much the same way—for both everyday commuting and shopping and for light recreation.
Because sport utility vehicles are more top-heavy than passenger cars, the SUVs handle and maneuver differently. They are not designed like passenger cars to round corners at high speeds. Reckless SUV drivers cause their vehicles to roll over at a much higher rate than do drivers of passenger vehicles.
Sport utility vehicles may only be a passing trend. After all, another choice—be it a luxury sports car or a sturdy station wagon—may give more value for the dollar. In the final analysis, this old adage works best: “Let the buyer beware!”
【題組】Which of the following is NOT mentioned as a distinctive feature of SUVs?
(A) SUVs have four-wheel drive.
(B) SUVs offer ample inner space.
(C) SUVs can drive on rugged roads.
(D) SUVs have super theft alarm systems.