Many 2007 model year vehicles have already hit new car showrooms, starting with several new SUVs built by General Motors. The upcoming model year is shaping up to be one that will likely be filled with many changes as automakers reshuffle their lineups and prepare for the next invasion of cheap imports from China. Choices for consumers have never been better and prices are actually lower for many models, so the competition is good and you are the winner. Let’s take a look at five vehicles that are sure to garner a lot of attention as they roll out later this year.
Ford Explorer Sport Trac – Based on the body of the Explorer, the Sport Trac has a wheelbase that’s nearly 17 inches longer than the Explorer and a bed made of composite material. With four doors and a pickup bed, the SUV/pick-up “hybrid” does double duty with plenty of style. Powered by a 4.0L V6, the 4.6L V8 found in the Expedition is also available. You can get the Sport Trac in 2 or 4 wheel drive.
mazda cx-7 – Mazda jumps on the crossover craze with its attractive CX-7. As a five-door “hybrid”/SUV, the five-passenger CX-7 will be powered by a turbocharged 2.3L I4 engine that will produce 244 hp. Available with front or all-wheel drive, the CX-7 combines the athletic looks of a sports car with the looks of a curvy SUV. Ford and Lincoln will also get versions of the vehicle.
Suzuki SX-4 – Suzuki, one of the lesser known Japanese brands, is trying to get a bigger piece of the pie by introducing new and revised versions of its models to the North American market. The SX-4, a compact crossover vehicle, is Suzuki’s latest attempt to achieve its goals. Available as a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle, the five-door SX-4 is powered by a 2.0L I4 engine and is designed for Subaru enthusiasts. It is this writer’s opinion that Suzuki must first work on styling before success can be expected; For the most part, everything the automaker produces is pretty bland.
Suburban Chevy – As part of the overall overhaul of its midsize and full-size trucks and SUVs, the muscular Suburban debuts with plenty of changes. All new sheet metal, ride-on-demand engineering and a remote power liftgate are some of the major changes to this great SUV. Naturally, compared to $2 or $3 a gallon of gas, the Suburban presents a thirsty deal for owners. However, if it’s a full-size SUV you need, then the all-new Suburban may fit your needs.
hyundai entourage – Sharing a platform with the Kia Sedona, the Entourage is Hyundai’s first minivan. Unlike the Sedona, only the long-wheelbase version will be available. Powered by a 3.8L V6, the engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. A major feature of the Entourage is the third-row seat that folds into the floor.
Yes, the 2007 model year is already here for some models. The prices are very competitive and the latest technology has been included in many vehicles. Shop and save today on a model that is sure to please!