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.