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10 Reasons Why SUV Owners Never Go Back to Regular Cars

Chevrolet’s hot-selling Trailblazer attracting new-to-SUV customers

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Have you ever wanted to get away with your whole family for a weekend, but didn’t have enough room in your little car for everyone and their stuff? Have you ever got stuck in a flood during rainy season? These and other problems are easy to solve when you choose an SUV as your personal transportation.

And an increasing number of customers in Southeast Asia are doing just that – choosing SUVs as their family vehicle. SUV sales are up more than 7 percent since 2011 compared to a 4-percent drop in passenger car sales during the same period.

So, what’s driving the trend? For one thing, the selection of SUVs is expanding faster than regular cars.

According to recent market research conducted by Chevrolet, customers in Thailand are flocking to the SUV segment for several reasons ranging from interior spaciousness to rugged exterior styling. Trailblazer customers mostly have families of four or more who do things together, such as sports and travel. Moreover, they are willing to spend more to get good quality.

“This SUV is worth every cent spent on it. It provides good performance and safety and has a roomy cabin that allows you to carry a lot of things. You can also take your SUV on an adventurous trip and go off-road. My vehicle can take my family and me almost everywhere, safely.” said Mr. Nitipan Chuenchob, Chevrolet Trailblazer owner.

Here are 10 reasons why customers are shifting to SUVs and will likely stay in the segment for years to come:

A three-row SUV like Chevrolet Trailblazer comfortably accommodates up to seven people, Trailblazer offers car like handling and ride comfort due to its more advance suspension system and leather seats in the top of the line model.

1) SUVs carry more people, more comfortably. Most sedans only carry four to five people, which makes it difficult for an extended family to go anywhere together. Meanwhile, a three-row SUV comfortably accommodates up to seven, enabled by, fold-flat seating that provide easy access to the third row. SUVs are all about flexibility.

Chevrolet Trailblazer has 235 liters of cargo space at the very rear; with the 50/50 split-folding third-row seats folded down, there is 878 liters; with the second-row (60/40 split-fold and tumble) and the third-row seats down, there is 1830 liters of cargo space.

2) SUVs carry more cargo, more efficiently. When not carrying so many people, an SUV’s fold-flat rear seating offers double or triple cargo-carrying capacity than sedans or small hatchbacks. An SUV’s roominess makes it easier to haul larger items like boxes, luggage, sports gear, and even bicycles and furniture. With so much capacity, you may discover new ways to use the cargo area, such as hauling merchandise to or from weekend markets, or using it as a mobile wardrobe when you need a change of clothes on the go.

Chevrolet Trailblazer’s efficient 2.5L Duramax diesel direct-injection turbo-charged engine provides ample power with only four cylinders. The vehicle has a 76-liter fuel tank with estimated combined fuel economy of 8.6L/100 km.

3) SUVs are more fuel efficient than ever before. Automakers are doing a number of things to make SUVs more fuel efficient, such as implementing more aerodynamic designs and fuel-saving technologies such as smaller displacement engines, and advanced structural materials to reduce weight – all of which can contribute to improved fuel economy. Depending on various factors – from vehicle load and driving speed to wind resistance and elevation changes – a Trailblazer customer could possibly drive from Bangkok to Phuket on one tank of fuel.

Chevrolet Trailblazer offers an array of advanced active safety technologies, including (pictured clockwise) Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, as well as airbags for the driver and front passenger, and protective high-strength materials in the vehicle frame.

4) SUVs are safer than ever before. According to industry analysts, SUVs are generally the safest category of passenger vehicle. It’s simply a matter of physics. If a large SUV hits a small car, the SUV will probably sustain less damage, because it is much heavier, and therefore transfers more energy in a crash. Furthermore, Electronic Stability Control helps mitigate roll-over accidents that used to be the segment’s biggest safety issue. Experts also say that SUVs are effective at protecting occupants, provided everyone is buckled up, with infants and small children properly restrained in rear safety seats.

Chevrolet Trailblazer is available with off-road suspension, low-range gearing, high water-wading capability, high ground clearance, and 4WD (4x4) that drives power to all four wheels for maximum traction and capability in off-road or slippery conditions.

5) SUVs are better off-road. Let’s face it – most SUV owners never go off-road. However, unlike a regular car, SUVs enable drivers to go (almost) anywhere to enjoy outdoor adventures like camping, fishing and hiking.

Chevrolet Trailblazer have air vents in the second and third rows to help keep pets cool in hot weather.

6) SUVs are kid- and pet-friendly. SUVs offer more room in rear seats for child-safety seats and plenty of legroom for big kids. Also, the third row or cargo area offers ample room for the family pet and/or pet carrier crate. For example, traveling with a pet in the front or rear seat of a regular sedan can be a nuisance and distraction to the driver. In an SUV, it is easier to restrain pets in the third row or cargo area for their safety and yours. Consider getting the optional cargo tray to protect the carpeting in case they make a mess. Plus, SUVs usually have many storage compartments to keep toys and snacks.

Trailblazer is unsurpassed in fording depth, and can wade through water as deep as 800 mm without losing power.

7) SUVs are better in flood conditions. High-stance vehicles like Chevrolet Trailblazer can operate in deeper water than sedans, but before you “dive in”, find out the fording depth of your vehicle. That being said, driving through flood waters requires great caution and familiarity with the roadway as well as flood-driving techniques. Learn more before taking unnecessary risks.

Chevrolet Trailblazer’s higher ride height, taller doors and side steps mean drivers and passengers don't have to bend and stoop like they would in sedans and hatchbacks, which means less effort, less pain and more dignity.

8) SUVs have command seating and easier ingress/egress. An SUV’s command seating position often offers a clearer view of surroundings than a regular car. This adds parking lots, debris in the roadway or other hazards like potholes. Also, getting into and out of a low car (ingress and egress) can be hard for a lot of people, especially older people or those with limited mobility, according to a 2016 UK study.

Chevrolet Trailblazer offers the kind of power and capability needed to haul or tow “big boy toys” confidently.

9) SUVs can tow and haul “big boy toys”. If you have an outdoor hobby that requires a lot of “gear”, or something you couldn’t easily haul with a regular car, such as a racing or mountain bicycle, motocross dirt bike, big bike, all-terrain vehicle, kayak/canoe, then you will probably need an SUV or pickup truck. This is especially true if you need to tow on a trailer. And, if you don’t already have such a hobby, owning an SUV may inspire you to try – it’s all part of the adventurous lifestyle that SUVs promote.

Surveys show that many people are attracted to SUVs like Chevrolet Trailblazer because of their rugged exterior styling, which shows the driver’s confident attitude and “go anywhere” spirit to the outside world.

10) SUVs are cool. Although some people buy an SUV because they need a bigger vehicle, or want to go off-road, most people buy an SUV because it’s the most popular vehicle style on the planet these days. According to the latest data from an automotive research firm Jato Dynamics, the global demand for SUVs hit a new record in 2017, totaling 34 percent of global car sales for the year, and the segment is expected to continuing growing. It’s no surprise. For one thing, it’s a sensible choice for all the reasons already mentioned.It’s also an emotional choice. People love the styling, because it shows the world the person they are or aspire to be: Confident, capable, and successful.