Why SUV's are the new go to vehicle.
Let's think about a 1990 Buick Park Avenue, a Ford Crown Victoria, even a BMW sedan. Where was the H point??? Think of all the sedans trying to be sports cars with 4 doors in the year 2018. The H point is lower (IMHO). As the population ages, that is a bigger issue. As the obesity rates increase, that is a MAJOR issue. Back 20 years ago, the Jaguar XJ's were beautiful vehicles but one of the biggest reasons people did not buy them was they were hard to get in and out of. Forget the reliability comments please. Sedans had big trunks and were the best riding vehicles. 4 door sedans were people haulers. True sports cars had 2 doors. Again forget that 4 door coupe crap the Germans have screwed terminology with. I throw a bunch of fuel on the fire for fodder.
Why should I waste my time with a 4 door sports sedan for the 2 of us?? Thus the Miata and Evora.
Why should I waste my time with a 4 door sedan when a 4 door SUV is easy for my older folks to enter and exit while I haul all of their crap around. Why drive through slop for 300 miles with the stuff landing on your windshield when you can sit higher?
With an SUV you always have the ability to move, pickup, haul, etc STUFF. Dump run...., pick up 4 tires and 20 gallons of gas cans for track....on a rainy day.
Why pick on the SUV when the REAL waste of size and girth is the pickup truck used for a Daily driver? At 5-6000 lbs need I say more here. TV's don't like being driven home in the rain. Neither does the Costco run. The typical mid sized SUV is downright efficient in comparison.
Wagons are nice but all we had left in the US were some seasickness inducing Buick Estate Wagons and, big deal,the BMW and Mercedes which were basically half the size and twice the price of the Buick? Remember, size once did matter.
I replaced my Jaguar luxury with a Range Rover Sport because the Jag would get brutalized in the winter. Seats are incredible in both but esp in the RRS.. My Alfa Romeo can easily outhandle most sedans from 10 years ago and is plenty quick too.
Strangely enough, the auto industry , IMHO, has sabotaged the sedans they try to make exactly by making sedans longer, lower, wider like a sports car). Not everyone fits well in that body style. The Lexus RX350, I know really boring choice, is the 21st century Frod Crown Vic or Mercury fill in the blank. They have gone from ugly boxes to (See Stelvio pics) some that are even better looking than their sedan counterparts. Not my words, critics saying this stuff.
Many folks wanted an Elise, ordered one....only to find out they DID NOT FIT. Evora isn't exactly going to fit your typical 5'8 to 6-62 overweight American either. You know the 225-275 pounders that only thinks he's a few pounds overweight. Sad truth. They don't even fit in a lot of the sedans out there!! Thus the SUV ....take it from here folks
16 Maserati GranTurismo Sport Ext Campio /Grigio Chronos w/full MC Carbon Fiber interior trim, Stock for now
18 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Visconti Verde/Brown Leather Remus Catback,Eurocompulsion Phase 2 V2 intake, 390HP/443ft-lb Tq!
16 Range Rover Sport HSE, Montalcino Red w/Ivory Leather-[/COLOR]- 456HP/412ft-lb Tq
12 Maxda MX-5 Miata GT PRHT True Red/Black leather
11 Lotus Evora "S" Persian Blue, Grey/Black Suedetex/Leather
Last edited by brgelise; 06-11-2018 at 12:45 PM.