Ok, there are two debates going on regarding SUVs one in IMHO (sorry about the lack of cite) and in the Pit. The apologist keep insisting that we move a debate here so they can refute the envoirmental, fuel efficiency & saftey concerns. Well here we are, now put up or shut up.
Lets start with fuel efficeincy. The following numbers I acquired from Ask Jeeves, they site the DOE & EPA as their sources. I pulled info on the followinfg vehicles both in 4wd & 2wd where avalible. In the info below if you see two sets of numbers the first is for 4WD and the second 2WD. Where I could I also chose the standard engine. BTW, this is in City/Hwy format.
[li]Blazer 16/20[/li][li]Blazer 12/17[/li][li]Durango 14/18[/li][li]Escalade 12/16[/li][li]Expedition 14/18[/li][li]Expedition 15/20[/li][li]Explorer 16/21[/li][li]Suburban 14/16[/li][li]Land Rover 13/17[/li][li]Navigator 12/17 - This is the same for 2&4WD[/li][li]Mercedes 16/20[/li][li]Lexus 13/16[/li][li]Lexus 19/24[/li][/ul]
All these vehicles annual fuel cost were between $1215 to $1685 dollars.
Why is fuel efficiency important, well lets see the EPA’s atatement on that (also form Ask Jeeves)
How about those envoirnmental concern, again lets go to the EPA for a statement:
And finally saftey. These came from The NHSTA first the SUV driver:
And the safety of others:
Ok, so SUVs are not safer, except vs a car, they cause more polution and envoirnmental stress, they’re not fuel efficient. Read bad for the envoirnment and the economy. Any questions?