So it's been a long time since I owned an SUV; my very first daily driver was an '84 Dodge Ramcharger- right at the beginning of the big box craze. Yesterday found me chauffeuring a gaggle of coworkers down the highway in an ice-white 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe. Great; an opportunity for insight into why these beasts are so popular with the rest of 'Merica.
Sadly, all of my biases were confirmed. This big 15 mpg pig squeezed in 6 adults with more difficult access and egress, lower visibility and less cargo room than my Odyssey minivan. It was much slower off the line, much less efficient, and the steering must've been connected via bungee cord. My laptop bag literally had to be stood upright in order to squeeze behind the third row of seats. Not enough dedicated cargo room for a quick grocery trip.
Comparative data confirms that it is slower, less efficient, much more expensive to buy, has less cargo capacity, a higher likelihood of rollover, and is less safe in non-rollover collisions.
Besides the acres of leather and new car smell, the only inner appeal comes from when that massive growly V8 finally revs up and the iceberg impossibly lurches forward.
I rest my case secure in the knowledge that the answer to one of life's persistent questions isn't that I've been missing somethin'.......