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Old 04-08-2010, 07:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Parents want to buy sister an SUV

My sister is getting her license soon and long story short.... she is not a good driver. She wants an suv. Parents want to get her an suv. They argue that it's safer (big=safe, winter). My argument is that it's not safer (rolling etc) and that she'll cause much more damage if she wrecks than if she had a car. Obviously I think it's a huge waste of gas as well and their comeback is that she'll just drive to town and back. But even that will be a good gallon of gas a day since she usually goes back and forth twice.


Does anyone have links to any sort of anecdotal evidence or reports? Personal stories? Input?

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Old 04-08-2010, 08:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Let her buy it, but remember the phrase "I told you so."
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Let her buy it, but remember the phrase "I told you so."
Unfortunately it'll probably come to that. Which means, most likely, that someone will end up hurt.
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My argument is that it's not safer (rolling etc) and that she'll cause much more damage if she wrecks than if she had a car.
Another reason it's probably not safer is an SUV is usually classified as a truck and therefore doesn't have to meet the same safety standards that cars do. Bigger AND safer (or at least comparable safety to a car) usually means minivan.

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Old 04-08-2010, 09:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Try: Keith Bradsher, HIGH AND MIGHTY: THE DANGEROUS RISE OF SUVS (2002). Excerpts on Google Books here:

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Unfortunately it'll probably come to that. Which means, most likely, that someone will end up hurt.
Or she can't afford gas.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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...why an SUV?

...because they don't make full-size, land-barge, STATION WAGONS like they used to!

...there's "safety" in sheer mass...of course, there's also "inertia."
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For many years the Mpls Star Tribune's auto columnist recommended parents buy their new driving age spawn SUVs at every opportunity. Of course I took him to task for that at every opportunity. After the $4 gas spell, I haven't seen him do that anymore. I guess there is hope that even fuelish people *sometimes* snap out of their stupor.

This might have an effect: gloat that you drive for 9 cents/mile (or whatever it is) then say this pig SUV costs an average of 70 cents/mile (AAA has the real figures) and say gee, when she goes 100 miles I can go 800 miles for the same money!!!
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mhmitszach -

What's wrong with a nice trusty family-size sedan, aka a Camry/Malibu/Accord/Altima/Charger/Taurus? If she needs 4WD, then a (non-Forester) Subaru would work. Here are some (old) arguments in your favor :

Safety Gap Grows Wider Between S.U.V.'s and Cars - NYTimes.com
frontline: rollover: before you buy an suv... | PBS
New Study: SUVs Riskier to Children Than Minivans, Large and Mid-Sized Cars
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:36 AM   #10 (permalink)
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If they refuse to buy a non SUV then what about a smallish one like the Ford Escape.

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