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.

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  • All true. But they decrease road quality levels due to their excessive weight while doing virtually nothing better than an estate, which are for the majority of the time cheaper, lighter, better looking, nicer to drive, faster etc. They are totally pointless for everyone (with the exception of those who need a high ride height for physical reasons) so why people buy them is beyond me.

      1 month ago
    • Road quality: doesn’t really matter, the difference isn’t a lot

      Cheaper: untrue in most cases

      Weight: yes the person buying a Jaguar e pace definitely cares so much that an xe is slightly lighter

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        30 days ago
    • I think a lot of this is subjective to which area you live in. I'm not sure about the US, but in the England the following are true:

      Road quality: Apalling in England, and that is correlative to increasingly heavier vehicles being sold.

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        30 days ago
  • Glad someone finally said it!

      1 month ago
  • This is fine I always find my most comfortable of journies happen in SUVs.

      1 month ago
  • My father drives the new Audi A6 Hybrid. It’s the saloon model. It has just enough space for the 3 of us, but he’ll go for the Avant Model in half a year, or maybe the BMW 5-Series Touring. Anyway, once my dad had to go to the mechanic for a usual check if everything’s right. The car he got for the couple of days was an Audi Q3, which he said was absolutely terrible. He said that if you drive 70kph everything’s fine, but everything above the 100 mark and the car already gets shaky and handles really bad. That combined with a higher price than an Audi A4 and the Q3 is pointless. Just like any Crossover and SUV. You want a family BMW? Go for the 5-Series, it’s better and cheaper than the X5. Want a Merc? Go for the E-Class instead of the GLE. Want a VW? Go for the Passat instead of the Tiguan.

    SUV’s are terribly stupid and annoying. Some people say that they’re much safer. Yes, well no they’re not. They are worse in handling when travelling at higher speeds. They’re more likely to roll over even if the crash wasn’t that bad.

    I just don’t get why people want to pay more for something that’s worse.

      1 month ago
    • Agreed

        1 month ago
    • I have a first gen Sorento. Now that is an SUV: you sacrifice a bit of handling and fuel efficiency over an estate, but you get a monster of a car: virtually indestructible, handles most dirt roads without any mods, it has a frame. If you need a...

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        29 days ago
  • I honestly don't understand why people dislike SUVs. They're some of the most practical and interesting vehicles you'll find

      1 month ago
    • Alot of SUVs are dull uninteresting.. Just about every one drives one. Often a blob on wheels.. Yet people are comfortable with dull it's easy.. The Toyota camry was dull but sold by the bucket load.. SUVs in the traffic blend in with each...

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        29 days ago
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