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gemsworld

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Posted: 11/15/19 08:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ACZL wrote:

If you parked all the "SUV'S" side by side, then looked at them from the side, they all have the same body shape!! At least I think so. I'd like to upgrade the DW into a SUV, but wan t one that is RWD and wheel drive. However, in saying that, we currently have a VW Passat which she loves and I'd like to go into the VW Atlas as we've been very pleased w/ the 2 VW's we've had. Comes in either FWD or AWD. Don't want AWD. She asked me the other day if any SUV's are hybrids to which I have no clue. Are there?


The new Ford Explorer is RWD. I believe most, if not all, Mercedes SUVs are RWD and BMW has some models. Toyota, Lexus, Ford, Acura, BMW and Volvo offer hybrid SUVs.





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ACZL wrote:

If you parked all the "SUV'S" side by side, then looked at them from the side, they all have the same body shape!! At least I think so.


OMG ROFL, funniest statement of the week!
Same shape? Uhhh you're right, they're SUVs. Should they put the hood in back and the back seats up front to make one look different?
That's like saying line up pickup trucks....dayum, they're all the same shape. Copycats, putting that bed thing behind the cab.....Where's the originality? LOL


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Posted: 11/15/19 08:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think because the term "SUV" sounded more robust and widened the purchasing audience than the former "mini-van" which marketed to families. "SUV" not only fits "families" but also the single, not married group who want something that sounds more "sporty" than just a "family" vehicle, to the old dude thats now going through their second childhood! (like me). SUV sounds kind of sporty and rugged, appealing to anyone, including the "family" car.

Basically... it's all words anyway. Call it a "toad monster" if you want. It doesn't change what the vehicle actually is. But, how many people would actually buy it, if it were actually called a "toad monster"?

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((I'm not really sure what the point of this thread is.)) It has to have a point, LOL. I guess it would be the castration of the truck based SUV towards a CUV . Like someone said that's what the people want. To me there just a station wagon with a poor center of gravity. You do sit upright where you don't have to crawl in and out of them. I will check out the new Ford Bronco. GM could of made the Blazer out of the Colorado/Canyon instead of another CUV, like the other 4 or 5 models they produce. I guess the crew cab pickup made the true SUV obsolete for families wanting to tow a large trailer.

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Well, the world of motor vehicles just keeps changing to match customer demand. Unfortunately, customer demand is often based on fads, and superficial characteristics. I've had some small wagons and I think they are about the best, most sensible way to go.
The performance, handeling, weight and mileage of a car with more cargo space. Whereas, many think they have to "set up higher" which is overrated. Just make a small wagon a couple inches taller if desired. A small hatchback is next best or better. Still light and a car with great mileage. Some of them look sharp and are quick also. I don't get SUVs for 90% of buyers. My Ford Focus certainly isn't the perfect car in quality but it's fun, great ride, back seats fold flat and I'm averaging well over 30 city/highway combined.


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Love my new Toyota Highlander SUV. Easier to get into (over a car), lots of power, smooth ride, very roomy inside. And it tows 5,000 pounds. We'll never go back to a car.


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Grit dog wrote:

ACZL wrote:

If you parked all the "SUV'S" side by side, then looked at them from the side, they all have the same body shape!! At least I think so.


OMG ROFL, funniest statement of the week!
Same shape? Uhhh you're right, they're SUVs. Should they put the hood in back and the back seats up front to make one look different?
That's like saying line up pickup trucks....dayum, they're all the same shape. Copycats, putting that bed thing behind the cab.....Where's the originality? LOL


Haha, I was thinking the exact same thing!


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colliehauler wrote:

Why do they call them SUV'S when then vast majority of them are glorified station wagons? To me a SUV is a truck based full frame vehicle. Got to love marketing.


Simple-SUV's sell, station wagons don't.

I used to have a Taurus station wagon and loved it but Ford couldn't sell those. Make a similar vehicle with a sexier name and it sells like crazy. Kind of like Chrysler couldn't sell Volare's but put a few hundred dollars worth of bling on it, raised the price $10,000, called it a 5th Avenue then and couldn't make enough of them. It is often about vanity.

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Posted: 11/15/19 10:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is no industry standard for SUV or CUV. Differeent manufacturers, engineers, sales, marketing cannot agree, so neither can consumers. The vast majority of what I think the OP is calling SUV are unibody crossovers, or CUV. There are not many nameplates and sales volume that are actually body on frame today.


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I don't understand this hatred for unibody, i have NEVER seen one broken in half.

i literally towed 1500 pounds with a unibody Chevy cavalier for years and it did fine and now i tow 2000+ plus with a mitsubishi outlander

i also towed over 40,000 miles with a 93 subaru outback and that had 0 issues as well.

the 98 cav destroyed the 93 subaru and the 07 outlander destroyed the 98 cav, im really not sure what you people want that makes a suv so crappy, and all my pulls were mountains, maybe not outwest mountains but a bigger tranny cooler and i would have no concerns.

no one is expecting 10k towing out of a small suv, even though i thin the grand cherokee is around 9k.

dully to pull a popup comes to mind.





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