The ride-height report

You say you can’t stand sport-utility vehicles? Amateur. Here’s a guy who can’t stand sport-utility vehicles:

You’ll search long and hard to find someone else as firmly committed to the removal of the SUV from the American road as your humble author believes himself to be. Although I drove four different Land Rovers during the company‚Äôs BMW and Ford periods (a ’97 five-speed Disco, a ’99 Rangie 4.0S that I talked my father into buying, an ’00 Freelander, and an ’03 Discovery 4.6) I had what I felt to be a valid excuse: a BMX and mountain bike hobby that found me on dirt roads and fire trails nearly every weekend. As soon as my knees fired me from those sports, I fired the Rovers and got a Phaeton like decent people do.

The bulk of SUVs foisted on the American public have been irredeemable pieces of garbage, misshapen and deeply offensive embarrassments, gravid with the moist spawn of limitless profit yet crawling with the maggots of brand destruction, long-term customer disappointment, and, occasionally, violent death at the hands of a collapsing roof.

Not that a roof has hands, but you get the idea.

I figured that the shark was jumped, or at least driven over, once General Motors deemed that Saab should have SUVs, and brought forth three unsuccessful models, built from the Chevrolet, Cadillac and Subaru parts bins.


  1. Charles Pergiel »

    21 April 2014 · 11:08 am

    Is this a relative of the guy in the suit? Or maybe even the same guy? The one with matching belt and shoes?

  2. McGehee »

    21 April 2014 · 7:40 pm

    My goodness, my goodness. I shall have to pencil in a date to start caring what he thinks about the last four vehicles I owned.

    Do you suppose 3014 would work for him?

  3. CGHill »

    21 April 2014 · 7:46 pm

    Just keep in mind that his daily driver is an Accord.

  4. Will Truman »

    21 April 2014 · 10:05 pm

    I like my Forester! Of course, I sort of consider it a “Station wagon plus!”

  5. McGehee »

    22 April 2014 · 9:20 am

    If it wasn’t the one Accord Jesus and the Apostles were in, I’m not impressed.

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