Smart people buy crossovers because they are “tall wagons”. They want room for stuff, AWD for bad weather, a bit of ground clearance, and enough off-roadability to get the ice chests to the picnic tables at the church picnic once a year.
Idiots buy full-on body-on-frame SUVs, slap on the Desert Duelers and the Warne winch and the full rack of KC Daylighters, all to get the ice chests to the picnic tables at the church picnic once a year.
Tam: Indeed. There are people who like the looks of the VW Thing. I myself prefer the turned-up-to-11 ugly of a Land Rover, and I miss mine horribly. Still, there are genuinely beautiful cars out there, and the Joke will never, ever be on that list.
People drive what makes them happy, god bless ’em. If a Joke makes you happy, that certainly says something very specific about you.
Parents bought an Explorer a few years back because
Lots of carrying space,
Actually has a frame(Dad insists), and
Being that tall, it’s easier to get in and out of than a friggin’ roller skate with a motor.
Plus, Dad has always liked vehicles that won’t scrape their undercarriage off if you need to get off a paved road.
Oh, it’s a Soul. I saw the flat back end and thought Cube, my bad. It sounds like a thing people would want to steal, and hence not my cuppa tea. I’ll keep my unwanted Saturn with 251,000 miles and stick. I’ll leave it in Gary with the keys hanging in the trunk all night (did that in both Gary and Chicago) and see it still there in the morning.
on 05 Mar 2011 at 6:50 pm aczarnowski
Og, you mention Land Rovers above in a good light. I’ve always wanted one, but have the impression they’re maintenance heavy. Is that your experience and you’re OK with it or are the issues overblown?
Discovery Series IIs are competitively priced around my parts.