Gas is Down and Love for SUVs is Up

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The past few years have been a tough go for the SUV segment.  The economics here are very simple, as gas prices go up, demand for SUVs goes down.  Of course that means that the opposite is true too, which is the wonderful situation we’re in right now.  Gas prices are down anywhere from 25% to 40%, with some prices getting down under $2.00!  Bottom line is that new and used SUVs are seeing nice gains in recent year over year sales as a result of the decline in gas prices.

If I was you, and I was in the market to get a new vehicle, I would be giving slightly used SUVs a serious look.  Today’s SUVs are more fuel efficient than ever and provide more utility too.  Today’s smaller SUVs are similar in size to the SUVs of 10 to 20 years ago.

Let’s take a look at the hot models available in the Hertz Car Sales inventory, because with the gas price this low these SUVs won’t be around for very long!

2013 Ford Escape

1Mar Check out this Escape here

For $3500 under Kelley Blue Book value you can pick up this gem of a compact SUV!  This latest Ford Escape is the SUV that boasts the most amazing, useful and unique features.  It can park itself if you trust it, and it can open the trunk door with the wave of a foot under the rear bumper.

This is one of the most fuel efficient SUVs in the whole SUV offering from all of the automakers.  As with most Fords it is available with EcoBoost or in a hybrid for more power plant configuration options.

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe

Find this Tahoe here

The Tahoe has been a perennial favorite in the full size SUV segment for the better part of 20 years, only to be legitimately challenged by the Ford Expedition.  Regardless of which SUV came out on top in a given year, they were both at the top in terms of power, size and available features.

Today’s versions are equipped with more fuel efficient engine configurations, including a class leading hybrid system.  Couple this with the low gas prices and you have an awesome choice for a SUV that seats five or more adults comfortably.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

See this Pathfinder here

The Pathfinder is a marquee that dates back to the early era of Japanese SUVs.  It started in a time when people needed a break from the Ford Bronco II and the Chevy Blazer, where the only other Japanese option was the Toyota 4Runner.

Fast forward a lot of years and you find that the Nissan Pathfinder has been nicely adapted to the requirements of today’s SUV drivers just as other similar models have adapted like the Ford Explorer. This SUV is perfect for those that want a legacy SUV that has been successfully brought into the 2010s.


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