What SUV has a gearshift on the steering column instead of between the seats?

I deliver mail with my own vehicle. What SUV has a gearshift on the steering column instead of between the seats?

George F., Sutton, Mass.

Gear selectors mounted in between the seats occupy a good amount of space that could otherwise be used for storage, or even another passenger. A few SUVs offer a column-mounted alternative, including the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, Chrysler Aspen, Dodge Durango, GMC Yukon and Honda Pilot.

In place of a center console, the Suburban, Tahoe and Yukon all have an available bench seat with room for a third passenger in the first row. The backrest of the middle section can fold down, and is also a storage compartment with cupholders. The Aspen, Durango and Pilot all have a column shifter, but a center console still resides between the seats.

The Suburban, Tahoe, Aspen, Durango and Yukon are full-size truck-based SUVs, while the Pilot is a car-based crossover SUV. Depending on where you deliver mail, the full-sizers have available offroad packages, plus a chassis, suspension and tires that will be able to take more abuse from nasty rural routes and rough roads. The Pilot is better suited for paved roads and light offroad use.

If our readers can think of any more SUVs with column-mounted gear selectors that we may have missed, go ahead and mention them in the comments section.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on March 5, 2008 in I'm Just Wondering , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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