Perhaps like many politically incorrect car enthusiasts, I am growing weary of all this misguided hybrid worship. Equally tiring is the blathering on about the evils of SUVs. This condemnation of practical vehicles isn’t just limited to greenies mind you. Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson leads the charge against large vehicles by journos across the pond, but they exist here too. At least the folks in Europe and the UK have a point that their roads aren’t big enough for anything bigger than a Fiat 500.
Here in North America though, we have proper roads that were designed to accommodate land yachts. Back in the Fifties to Seventies, we had sedans and wagons that had cavernous cargo areas and massive seating possibilities. In the Eighties we saw the invention of the minivan and large SUVs made the transition from work truck to passenger vehicle. Through the 90’s to the present, the roads have had their fair share of SUVs and mini vans, which also offer a wide variety of seating and cargo options. The common thread here is that North Americans tend to have larger families and carry more stuff than the masses in other parts of the world. While I’m not doing the research to make this a scientific statement, I would guess that far fewer families over there tow boats, snowmobiles, RV’s, jet skis and the like.
Let’s face reality and realize that vehicles the size of a troop carrier aren’t going away any time soon, at least not in the US of A.