What is the best suited SUV for commercial use?
I am purchasing a snack food route with a big territory. With the purchase, is a GMC Step truck (similar to a u-haul rental truck, two seater cab with a box cargo in the back.). This truck eats a lot of gas, and while it holds a lot of cargo, is not practical for day to day delivery.
I plan to use the truck to pick my product up from the warehouse once a week, and store it locally. For day to day delivery, I wanted to invest in a good SUV with ALOT of enclosed cargo space.
It can't be a cargo van, because it will be used to transport people as well. MPG is not a main concern, and I'd prefer to not spend more than $45,000, but I'd consider something more expensive if it did the job.
Give me your thoughts! Thank you so much!
- Dave JLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Forget the idea of an SUV. Most would be no better
in MPG than the big truck, and are far from having
"ALOT of enclosed cargo space".
As far as the 4WD part of a SUV is concerned, that
is what causes lower fuel mpg, and a much higher
cost initially as well as maintenance costs. You can
do much better in fuel economy, and still get around
pretty well with most any front wheel drive vehicle.
They maintain a good amount of traction, with good
steering, and handling under very poor weather
conditions of mud, snow, and water. (Nothing without
metal tracks, or chains works well on ice.) Rear
wheel drive vehicles require a good amount of extra
weight just ahead of the rear axle to work as well
as a front wheel drive vehicle. Weight over, or behind
the axle tends to take steering weight off the ground,
and can cause loss of control.
Your best bet to have good cargo space as well as
good passenger room, and good control under all
weather conditions would be with a mini-van. Not
the full size vans such as the Ford. Those are
mostly rear wheel drives.
Seating for passengers in vans can be of both the
fold down types as well as removable. Most can
have two rows of rear seats with some space
behind the last seat, and the hatch door.
I have a Plymouth van that I use for both cargo,
and passengers. (I just wish I would have waited
another year before getting it as to have had two
rear sliding doors.) The third seat is the type
that folds down, and since I seldom need the
three seats I took the middle seat out. That
gives me reasonable space behind the back
seat, and a lot of handy space right at the
If you would find it necessary to have even
more headroom, it is fairly easy to get and
install one of the high tops. Doing that even
provides extra room for shelving, and still
works well for passengers. If the third seat
would be needed, it can be easily put back
where it was.
Just as a note here, if you think you really
need 4WD, which I doubt very highly, the
Chrysler Corp. vans have had models of
their vans with a 4WD option. I thought I
would need one, but couldn't get it as fast
as I wanted, so I got a 2WD. I am glad for
that choice. The only option that I really
needed was a spotlight. I did get that.
It is really good for extra light where I
need it at night whether it is to find an
address, or just to give me light outside
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I would look at a Dodge Grand Caravan with Stow-n-Go where the seats fold flat down. I use that as a courier and it works well for me.
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