Look, I get it. The Joneses next door have one, and so do the Smiths across the street. The Patels on the other side of the cul-de-sac have two, and the Yamaguchis got a new one after they retired, sold the minivan and moved to coastal Florida. Everyone wants an SUV these days, despite the fact that almost nobody actually needs an SUV. People like the space, they like sitting up high for better visibility (though when everyone has tall-riding wagon SUVs, is anyone really seeing better?), they like the passenger comfort. They don’t like that it’s sometimes harder to get in and out, the generally worse fuel economy and the typically larger footprint when trying to park in a crowded shopping center. SUVs and crossovers don’t even ride or handle as well as sedans or hatchbacks.
None of these arguments has done anything to dissuade American buyers that an SUV is what they want and need — examples keep multiplying as more people eschew traditional cars for boxier conveyances.