I do take exception to the 'there are few people who need'.Sure, there are many people who need SUVs. In NJ, there are very few of those ppl.
And, we agree about how scary it is to watch ill-trained drivers speed on slippery roads.
I am glad you liked this and appreciate your additions and compliment.
An SUV is a car. Like many others. Let's be honest, the lion's share of us don't daily drive these cars. Our little plastic go karts are the epitome of 'we don't NEED them'.
People are free to drive what they like - assuming they drive in a reasonable and considerate manner. Someone may see my wife driver our big SUV today and say 'she doesn't NEED that'. That may be a 1pm this afternoon.
What they didn't see is that, at 4:30pm, she'll have my 3 kids, the neighbor kid, all of their hockey gear (and most likely our dog which she takes on a nice walk while the kids skate). They also won't see me flat towing my Moke back and forth or lugging mulch or 4x8' sheets of MDF back and forth for some project I'm building. The SUV is the only car that can offer that - UTILITY.
SUVs are wonderful vehicles that serve a fantastic purpose. Do people have them who 'shouldn't'? Possibly. But the same can be said for many cars (pickups, etc).