New and Used Suv's


Vehicles designed to carry people and cargo have been known commonly as suburbans and carryalls since the 1920s, said Jim Walczak, an automotive writer at the Web site

The term "utility vehicle" also popped up in the 1940s in advertisements for Willys Jeep Wagon, another key development on the SUV timeline, Walczak said. He also recalls seeing the phrase "sport utility" in a Chevy ad from the ’50s.

But it wasn’t until the late ’80s that the SUV label came into common usage, just as most manufacturers began to offer something SUV-like in their line-ups. Today they are as common as toad's warts but some are a whole lot nicer: