The Sport Utility Vehicle.
It began, according to most sources, with the MB Willys Jeep in WWII and slowly grew from off road toys to family toting land yachts. There were small ones and large ones. Some were, and are staples of the American roadway (the Suburban/Yukon/Tahoe), and some are elusive and rarely seen (the International Scout).
You may or may not have noticed, but they are slowly becoming extinct. By definition, we are down to only a few remaining.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
I think that is about it…
You may be staring at that list and thinking that I’m missing a bunch. Well, I’m not. The vehicles listed above have one main thing in common. They are built on TRUCK FRAMES and they are RWD or 4WD.
The replacement, or in some cases next generation, of the SUV is now what is known as a CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle). Sometimes they still refer to them as SUVs, but that, sir, is poppycock. These CUVs look almost exactly like an SUV, until you look under its hood and realize that the engine is sideways… indicating that it is front wheel drive… Then some, such as the Jeep Patriot, are badged as “4x4” or “Trail Rated”… Nice try buddy, there is a difference between AWD and 4WD.(that is a whole topic on it’s own, that someone smarter than me should expound on, please)
The new Jeep Cherokee is a prime example of this travesty. Do a tiny bit of research, and you will find that it is based on the Dodge Dart… a car… a front wheel drive car. I have also noticed that the Nissan Pathfinder is also now front wheel drive.
What we’re dealing with here is station wagons and minivans with a 3" body lift.
I understand the mpg problems and the high cost, but frankly, the cost of these estrogen laiden, jacked up dodge caravans is just as high in most cases. Also, the reliability of a cheap, clapped together FWD car versus that of a stout truck frame with a motor and tranny built to haul something more than the contents of a grocery cart… come on, people. You see a lot more 20 year old RWD & 4WD trucks and SUVs than you do FWD compact cars.
Here is a sample list of a few of these SUV look-a-likes:
Its incomplete, I know…
What are your thoughts on this? Am I alone with my concern?
Allow me to say that I understand that the invisible hand of the free market will correct things if I’m wrong. But if I’m wrong, why have deceptive add campaigns?