There's something that needs to be said about the state of the auto industry. Yep... you guessed it... Soapbox boarded... beware. I was leaving a store today and making my way towards my truck to leave the plaza when I saw a woman trying to back out of her space. She nearly got nailed by another car coming down the row. Well, normally I would blame the person trying to back out because they're not paying attention. Then, I saw that she had a Ford Excursion parked beside her. There was no way in the name of all that was holy that she would even stand a micron of a chance of being able to see around that beastly mother of a vehicle to see that another vehicle was coming down the lane to her spot. So, obviously, I blame neither of the drivers. I blame the SUV. Why? Because there is absolutely no reason in hell that people need a vehicle that big to drive around in.
What is the purpose of constantly making SUVs so much bigger with each new model year? I'd be willing to bet that 95% of the people driving them have no need for the "space" that such vehicles provide. So then why? Does sitting seven feet above ground level really provide you with that much greater a sense of safety? Is your social status really determined by the sheer size of your goddamned vehicle? Do you enjoy taking up two parking spaces wherever you go? Are you looking forward to needing to remodel your garage so you can fit that behemoth in there? What is the point? Please tell me dammit. If anything, these monstrosities of the road are more a hazard than anything else. They are impossible for those of us normal vehicle drivers to see around therefore creating a visual hazard. Half the people driving them have no idea how to keep them under control which makes me believe that people who drive anything from Ford Expedition size on up should need a Commercial Driver's License (CDL - what truck drivers need) to operate. This would apply to the Ford Expedition and Excursion, the Lincoln Navigator, the Chevy Tahoe, and several others I can't think of at the moment.
I am not railing against all SUVs, mind you. I like Cherokees because they are reasonable (in all aspects aside from price and miles per gallon). I really like the Ford Escape, Nissan Xterra, Toyota RAV-4, Jeep Liberty, and the like. Are you seeing a pattern emerge? They are the smaller SUVs. Nobody really needs anything bigger than this and that is the truth. If you really need that kind of towing capability, get a truck or a van or rent a U-Haul. I gotta admit that I really love that commercial where the woman is loading her groceries in the back of her oversized SUV and she's jumping up to try to grab the handle to pull down the tailgate. Cracks me up because it's so true.