America's bosom-buddying up to sport-utility vehicles is growing with the determination of a Jeep scaling Old Baldy.
Call them what you will--sport-utes, sub-utes, SUVs, suvees or RAVs--they account for 10% of all new vehicle sales, and the
market is not just stretching up but bulging at both ends.
For years, the field had an aristocracy of one with the $53,000 Range Rover its crowned head. Closest pretenders were the $37,000 Toyota Land Cruiser and a $31,000 edition of the Jeep Grand
Cherokee with courtiers waddling north and south of $20,000.
But now Mercedes and BMW are preparing to build luxury condos on wheels. Lexus has a sport-ute based on parent Toyota's Land Cruiser in the... Read More