Can somebody please tell me what is the fascination is with these over-priced gas-guzzling monsters?
Sitting on New York Avenue this morning I couldn’t help but notice a virtual sea of them on their way into the city. If I remember correctly, SUV sales figures were excellent last year and are getting better. It can’t be a family or safety thing, because I remember hearing that they tend to roll over more easily than just about any other vehicle. It’s not a cargo issue either, if you were hauling firewood constantly then you’d probably opt for a less expensive flatbed pickup, which would offer a bigger payload anyway.
The commercials always show lumberjack-type guys driving over boulders & jumping canyons, but the nearest rugged terrain I can think of is the unpaved alley that runs behind my house. Surely all of these people didn’t buy this thing so they could make it through my alley in a pinch. Even if you do go to the mountains on vacation, would you spend all that extra $$ on an SUV for a once-a-year event? “What about the beach?” my friend said. Well, okay but you’re not really supposed to be driving on a public beach now, are you? “What about when it snows?” he offers. Okay so when there’s three feet of snow on the roads, you’ll be able to make it to work while I’m stuck at home drinking brandy by the fireplace? I must be missing something.
So, does anybody out there have any ideas why these things are selling so well?