Which full-size SUV is low to the ground?

I am interested in purchasing a full-size SUV that is low to the ground. I currently own a GMC Yukon XL, which I love, but I need something low enough for my ailing dog to get into without me lifting her. Any suggestions?

Summer D., Cocoa, Fla.

Full-size SUVs that sit low to the ground will be of the crossover variety, which are based on a car-like chassis instead of a truck chassis, like the Yukon XL is. Crossovers tend to ride lower because of their compact construction, while truck-based SUVs have heavier duty components under the body that require additional clearance.

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Of the available full-size crossover SUVs, Ford’s Flex has a low height for loading cargo, and overall it’s a low-slung three-row SUV. The Flex also has a flat-folding cargo floor as standard equipment — similar to other crossovers — meaning you don’t have to lug any seats out of the cargo area in order to increase space.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on January 16, 2009 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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