SUV's vs.the rest of us....

  1. So-you are 50% more likely to die when hit by an SUV in a mid-size car...The whole industry has to accomodate the mid size cars to protect us....Better stronger frames-side air bags....Nothing wrong with any of that but why should I pay more for my car because others drive these behemouths? We seldom have blizzards round here but everyone is driving them...And they all seem to accessorize with cell phones to add to the danger...
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  2. 65 Comments

  3. by   Ortho_RN
    I'm pretty sure those lil cars have cellphones also...

    I'm a fan of the SUV... And I have one for that very reason... If I am gonna be hit by another SUV or big truck (cannot forgot those jacked up trucks) then I want a fighting chance... I drive a smaller SUV (Nissan Xterra), heck its smaller than most mini-vans... I don't understand why everyone is so against the SUV.. When there are big trucks and Vans that are bigger than most SUVs...
  4. by   PennyLane
    Oh don't even get me started. There are so many reasons why I hate SUVs. Not to worry, with the price of gas going up (hopefully) car manufacturers will start making more fuel-efficient/alternative energy source cars. SUVs, Vans, large trucks--can't see over them to see if the light's changing, if cars are coming towards you when you're turning left, their headlights blind me when I'm in front of them. Not to mention the ENGINE NOISE!!! UGH. I hate this current trend.

    If you don't need one for work, live in the city or areas with paved/well-maintained roads, then why do you need one? Buying one just to be high on the road like everyone else just adds to the problem.

    Gimme my little compact anyday. I can squeeze into any parking spot I like and only have to fill up once every two weeks, if that.
  5. by   Katnip
    Toyota Highlander is introducing its first hubrid SUV. I think it was 40mpg highway. It will be available by Jan. 2005, possibly sooner. I was thinking of getting one, but I can imagine the wait for one. Instead I'll go for a different, smaller SUV. Trying to talk hubby into getting me the BMW X3 for my birdthday this summer. Like THAT will ever happen.
  6. by   camay1221_RN
    I drive a mini-van, but if I didn't, I would drive an SUV. I do want to be higher than some people on the road because of my three beautiful babies! The lower the vehicle the lower they are, which makes their heads prime targets should an accident occur. I
    recently hit a deer with my mini-van, and my loaner was a Honda Accord. Nice car, but I felt like my children were more vulnerable in it than they are in the van. I would also like to have an SUV for the snow in the winter, and we had a pretty fair amount of it this past year.
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    I couldn't live without my Totanka.
    She's a 3/4 ton Beast that will take me anywhere!
    My 10 year old says "Totanka is a Man Truck"!
    argh argh argh!!!
    -R
  8. by   275Main
    Ford Escape hybrid, due out this summer. It gets at leat 40mpg.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    There is always gonna be something bigger than you on the road. I'd rather be safe in an SUV. Of course we just bought a logging truck so how safe are ya gonna feel when I come up behind you in that?

    A Chevy Suburban saved my airheaded son's life and the life of the airheaded girl he let drive.

    It is all about freedom to choose a gas-guzzler if you wish.

    steph
  10. by   palesarah
    Quote from stevielynn
    There is always gonna be something bigger than you on the road. I'd rather be safe in an SUV. Of course we just bought a logging truck so how safe are ya gonna feel when I come up behind you in that?

    A Chevy Suburban saved my airheaded son's life and the life of the airheaded girl he let drive.

    It is all about freedom to choose a gas-guzzler if you wish.

    steph
    But what gives anyone the right to choose a vehicle that gives the driver an inflated sense of security and is statistically more likely to kill the riders of "regular" cars in a collison? Does the fact that you're willing to spend more money give you the right to endanger MY life and cause more damage to the environment?

    There's some use for SUVs where I live (close to the mountains and ocean). But most of the SUVs I see around here belong to the Stepford wives in the new subdivisions. Not much scarier on the road than a soccer mom in an SUV running late.
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    What gives anyone else the right to tell me I can't purchase a legal product?

    The answer isn't putting everyone in a tin can. The answer is better drivers.

    There was another thread a few months ago on this exact issue and I don't think anyone changed their minds.

    steph
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from stevielynn
    What gives anyone else the right to tell me I can't purchase a legal product?

    The answer isn't putting everyone in a tin can. The answer is better drivers.

    There was another thread a few months ago on this exact issue and I don't think anyone changed their minds.

    steph

    thank you thank you thank you....

    this is a tired argument that no one wins. Luckily it is a free country where i can choose what I drive, Stepford wife, notwithstanding. A real tired argument.
  13. by   jkaee
    I can honestly say I see both sides of this issue.....my father in law always buys these big gas guzzling trucks because he wants to "plow and help to do work on the house"......yet that never happens. My neighbor needs the space that a minivan or SUV has, but just traded in her minivan for an SUV because she "feels old" in a minivan. But, to each his own!!


    That being said, I do own a "smaller" SUV (Suzuki XL7). I work out in the sticks, and I take a very dark and curvy road to get to and from work. I have had many deer jump out in front of me. If it snows or rains, I need the 4 wheel drive on those curvy roads. I feel so much safer in the SUV when I'm driving home at midnight. My husband has a Beetle (diesel) and I can't stand driving that. I feel like I can't see!

    I don't use my cell phone when I'm driving, I've never been in an accident (knock on wood!) and I consider myself a good driver. That has nothing to do with the car I'm in.
  14. by   camay1221_RN
    You choose to drive your smaller vehicle just those of us who drive mini-vans and SUV's choose to drive our larger vehicles.

    Besides, some people have to drive larger vehicles because they have larger families to accommodate. It doesn't have anything to do with an 'inflated' since of security. Just necessity for some.



    Quote from palesarah
    But what gives anyone the right to choose a vehicle that gives the driver an inflated sense of security and is statistically more likely to kill the riders of "regular" cars in a collison? Does the fact that you're willing to spend more money give you the right to endanger MY life and cause more damage to the environment?

    There's some use for SUVs where I live (close to the mountains and ocean). But most of the SUVs I see around here belong to the Stepford wives in the new subdivisions. Not much scarier on the road than a soccer mom in an SUV running late.

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