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What does it do for you? Do you haul stuff? Do you pull trailers? Do you off road? Do you need the ride height for floods? What is the attraction?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not downing you for owning an SUV, I just do not understand the reasons, and am ready to be educated.
They just have so many negatives compared to a sedan:
They have less traction and less control at high speeds due to their ride height allowing air underneath to cause lift, and their high center of gravity. They also brake less effectively.
Moving a big brick through the air requires a lot more gas and the weight causes slower performance per gallon.
You risk clobbering some little kid's head with your bumper because you have unnecessary ride height that will not meet up with his door support, should another car blow a light, or you do.
My favorite: A woman on a cell phone drags another woman down the road because she didn't see the fact she hit her, or can't tell the woman is pinned underneath. And what is the little red SLK behind me flashing the lights, honking the horn and screaming for? Now I have to live with another stop sign on my road because of that.
I guess my problem is with them being mainstream. I can see their use for certain situations, but as a commuter they are overkill and relatively unsafe. Even worse, what happens when these things get old, out of repair, and sold cheaply to kids who feel invincable already?
I guess SUV's would not be as much a bother to me if they were made safer for everyone else:
1. They had headlights and bumpers at sedan height. Electrically raised for off road use.
2. They had TV's on the back showing what is in front of them, like the view over or through a sedan's windows.
3. They were electronically limited to 60 MPH in a straight line, and 35 MPH in a corner, with automatic braking systems.
4. They were sold in few enough numbers as to be sold to the people that will use their benefits, and they would not be so prevalent on the road, thereby limiting the possible dangers.
To me, it seems all the empty SUV's troddling down the flat roads have become a sign of "I'm richer and my safety is more important than yours."