PUT DOWN THE PITCHFORKS 9: SUVs Are Here To Stay
It's Probably Best to Just Accept Them For What They Are
Over the past few years, I've had the pleasure of experiencing a great multitude of cars. Some of said cars were essential for opening up my mindset. For example, I would previously have never gone near a pickup truck. I liked them as much as Jeremy Clarkson liked electric cars. But, after driving a few, I totally got why people love them. I myself now want one. That's not something I would've said before.
Anyways, the same goes for SUVs. I don't mind them. They handle all the day to day stuff with great aplomb. And, if you get the right one, they're honestly not so boring, either. The 2021 Audi Q5 makes little turbo noises. The Acura MDX's SH-AWD system has mechanical torque vectoring (as opposed to braking the inside front wheel, the MDX can send up to 70% of its power to the outside rear wheel to generate increased rotation through the corner).
Plus, SUVs are, for the most part, fairly low stress. Potholes, idiots in BMWs, lemming minded pedestrians, etc. become a lot less concerning when you're in an SUV. While the fuel economy is crap, you guys were the ones who said you wanted V6 and V8s over econobox four cylinders. You know the girl who puts on makeup, Louis Vuitton heels, and a Rolex watch to everything? That's a Ferrari. That's high stress. Even the most mundane tasks are suddenly an experience. But some experiences are bad, or unneccessary. I love a good exotic, but for 99% of the general population, they're both out of reach and more hassle than benefit.
An SUV is a Jack of All Trades
The unrealistic thing that we do to SUVs is kinda ridiculous. Most Q5 drivers aren't trying to set a lap record at Watkins Glen. I myself haven't done much track driving, so all I need is a car that's fun at 7/10ths around one of the many twisty roads near where I live. And I've gone up that road in a pickup truck and still managed to have an absolute hoot.
Plus, if you do go to the races, even a Q5 can tow 4400 lbs, which makes it plenty capable when it comes to towing your spec E46 to Laguna Seca for race weekend. SUVs do a little bit of everything, albeit without excelling in particularly anything...except for the provision of a low stress experience.