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A Sport Utility vehicle, commonly abbreviated as SUV, is a light truck-classified family vehicle. In the past, there were mostly 2-door versions of these cars, but in later years (as of about the mid-1990s), most SUVs are now 4-doors, likely due to the increase of the world population. The hugest decline in 2-door SUVs occurred in 2003.

List of SUVs by manufacturer[]

Manufacturer Model Notes
Acura SLX The first 4-door SUV from Acura. Released on November 21, 1995 as a 1996 model. The last units of the SLX were produced in September 1999, and remained the only SUV sold in dealerships through April 2000.
Cadillac Escalade Skipped a model year when it was redesigned in early 2001.
Chevrolet S-10 Blazer Renamed just "Blazer" as of the 1995 model year.
Chevrolet Blazer/Tahoe Renamed "Tahoe" as of the 1995 model year.
Chevrolet/GMC Suburban First 4-door SUV ever since 1973. At that time, all other SUVs were 2-doors.
Dodge Ramcharger First SUV from Dodge. Discontinued in 1993. No SUVs were released from the 1994 to 1997 model years.
Dodge Durango In Mexico, this car was sold as a 2-door instead of a 4-door.
Ford Bronco Ford's original SUV. Discontinued in 1996.
Ford Expedition Replaced the Ford Bronco for the 1997 model year.
Ford Explorer Replaced the Bronco II for the 1991 model year.
Geo/Chevrolet Tracker Initially just a 2-door; the 4-door was introduced in late 1995.
GMC S-15 Jimmy Renamed just "Jimmy" as of the 1992 model year. Discontinued in 2001.
GMC Yukon Formerly known as the "GMC Jimmy" as of the 1992 model year.
Honda CR-V Introduced as a 1997 model; first compact SUV from Honda.
Honda Passport First SUV from Honda.
Infiniti QX4 Introduced in September 1996 as a 1997 model.
Isuzu Amigo On hiatus from the 1995 to 1997 model years.
Isuzu Rodeo Introduced as a 1991 model and a 4-door companion to the Amigo.
Isuzu Trooper Isuzu's first SUV.
Jeep Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Wrangler Released in 1986, replacing the old CJ-7.
Kia Sportage Kia's first SUV.
Land Rover Defender First known as the Defender 110; renamed "Defender 90" in 1994.
Land Rover Discovery First sold as a late 1994 model.
Land Rover Range Rover Land Rover's first SUV imported to the United States since 1987.
Lexus LX 450/470 The LX 450 was Lexus' first SUV imported in early 1996.
Lexus RX 300 Introduced as an early 1999 model in 1998.
Lincoln Navigator Lincoln's first SUV; introduced on July 1, 1997.
Mazda Navajo After it was discontinued in late 1994, no more SUVs were made by Mazda until 2000.
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Released in September 1997 as a 1998 model.
Mercury Mountaineer Released on May 23, 1996 as an early 1997 model.
Mitsubishi Montero Started off as just a 2-door until 1989, when the 4-door was introduced, before it completely replaced the 2-door for 1991.
Mitsubishi Montero Sport Introduced in 1997.
Nissan Pathfinder First sold as a 2-door, like the Montero, then as just a 4-door as of 1991.
Oldsmobile Bravada Sold from 1991 to 2004. Skipped a model year (1995).
Subaru Forester Subaru's first SUV since 1997, and its only one until 2005.
Suzuki Samurai Suzuki's first SUV. Lasted through 1995.
Suzuki Sidekick/Vitara The Sidekick was introduced in 1989. A Sidekick Sport was introduced in 1996. The Grand Vitara replaced the Sidekick in August 1998, while regular Vitaras went on sale in January 1999.
Suzuki X-90 At the same time when the Sidekick Sport was introduced, so was this SUV.
Toyota 4Runner Toyota's first SUV since 1984.
Toyota Land Cruiser Toyota's largest SUV since 1987.
Toyota RAV4 Toyota's smallest SUV since 1996.
Volkswagen Eurovan

Manufacturers not listed here began releasing SUVs in later years. BMW introduced its first SUV in 1999, Hyundai and Pontiac in 2000, Buick in 2001, Volvo in 2002, Volkswagen in 2003, and Audi in 2006.