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Position #1 12 22.22%
Position #2 17 31.48%
Somewhere in between, possibly a wash 21 38.89%
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Old 03-13-2017, 01:45 AM   #41 (permalink)
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SUVs play into American consumer anxieties. It's unfortunate that so many people seem to share these anxieties. I wish there was something we could do to alleviate the subconscious fears that people have (my car isn't big enough... I'll get killed on the highway in a small car... I won't be able to carry enough stuff...) so that they aren't compelled to purchase land yachts.

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SUVs play into American consumer anxieties. It's unfortunate that so many people seem to share these anxieties. I wish there was something we could do to alleviate the subconscious fears that people have (my car isn't big enough... I'll get killed on the highway in a small car... I won't be able to carry enough stuff...) so that they aren't compelled to purchase land yachts.
Eventually a review to the tax structure in order to not benefit trucks so disproportionately would be the most effective way to lead many soccer-moms back to minivans and the good old station-wagons.
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Old 03-13-2017, 05:03 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Eventually a review to the tax structure in order to not benefit trucks so disproportionately would be the most effective way to lead many soccer-moms back to minivans and the good old station-wagons.
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:18 PM   #44 (permalink)
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SUVs play into American consumer anxieties. It's unfortunate that so many people seem to share these anxieties. I wish there was something we could do to alleviate the subconscious fears that people have (my car isn't big enough... I'll get killed on the highway in a small car... I won't be able to carry enough stuff...) so that they aren't compelled to purchase land yachts.
If things get expensive and rare enough you can change their mind
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If things get expensive and rare enough you can change their mind
Presumably, the folks who buy regular non-hybrid SUVs and full-size trucks would turn to the hybrids, eventually debadge them in fear of being perceived as a stereotypical hybrid-driving leftie, and call it a day. Only a deep review to the tax structure might lead to an end of the SUV craze in favor of something more efficient such as the traditional minivans.
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:53 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Mew audi q7 claims to get 31 mpg.
2.0l engine, not a hybrid.
The new version does look more like a slightly elevated station wagon.
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Old 03-27-2017, 10:57 AM   #47 (permalink)
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CUV are slightly elevated station wagon. It is why they are selling so well. Americans have always wanted station wagons, for good reason. They are amazingly practical vehicles. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, our marketing masters proclaimed station wagons and minivans "uncool". And the lemming masses all listened obidiently and lined up for SUVs so as not to be "uncool".

I still hear people go on about how they really should get a minivan, but go on about how they don't want to be seen in one. I want to take a bat to these people's heads.

I have news for you morons. Most people don't give a damn what you drive. Those that do, aren't worth impressing. I do see a purpose for a traditional SUV. If you regularly tow heavy loads along with 4 people and a german shepard, they make sense. Otherwise, they don't.

I was hoping for a resurgence of wagons. Looks like the CUV is that resurgence. It more or less is a station wagon.....in heels.
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Old 03-31-2017, 03:40 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Americans have always wanted station wagons, for good reason. They are amazingly practical vehicles.
A station wagon usually makes more sense than the equivalent sedan. It's really quite hard to understand why compact station wagons were nearly extinct instead of compact sedans.


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I do see a purpose for a traditional SUV. If you regularly tow heavy loads along with 4 people and a german shepard, they make sense. Otherwise, they don't.
I got to agree with you at this point, but a van still makes more sense than a traditional SUV fitted with a similar driveline.
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Old 04-07-2017, 02:37 PM   #49 (permalink)
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I apologize for not reading pages 2-4.

SUVs are a creation of Federal regulation. And prevailed because Americans do as they're told.

I didn't find a radio button for "In favor because the LaCross/Impala 20hp water-cooled altermotors in the junkyards could make a bolt-on mild hybrid conversion for your VW Beetle."

But that would probably only get one vote.
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Old 04-07-2017, 11:57 PM   #50 (permalink)
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Hadn't it been for the Chicken Tax and other regulations, I bet the VW T3 and those Jap forward-control vans would have actually been more popular than some compact SUVs in the '90s. Actually, even an older Kombi can outperform many modern SUVs in any terrain harsher than a shopping mall parking lot.

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