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Is It The End For the SUV?

Is It the End For the SUV?

As drivers continue to unload their leased SUVs back to dealerships, it's apparent that driving a gas guzzler is no longer acceptable to many Americans. The intentions may not be environmentally driven, but if extreme gas prices are what it takes to cut down on gas consumption it can be seen as a positive side effect to what is otherwise a painful pump reality.

General Motors is so desperate to rid their jam-packed lots that are cluttered with SUVs, they are offering interest-free loans for six years to buyers of large models like SUVs and pickups. The promotion is set to last until June 30, so if you're in the market for a car that requires a lot of gas now is your opportunity!

Do you think the fact that gas prices are projected to continually rise will mean that nonhybrid SUVs will eventually become extinct, or that people will always find a reason to keep their big wheels? Are any of you SUV owners considering trading in for a smaller model?

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MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 7 years
Diesel vehicles get remarkably good gas mileage (better than hybrid cars, especially in the long run) and have a significantly longer engine life than both gasoline powered and hybrid vehicles. Additionally, many SUVs produce less carbon (through manufacturing, driving, and scrapping) than hybrid vehicles. I think one of the problems with SUV sales is their perceived effect on the environment, rather than the actual facts associated with driving an SUV. I think the best solution is to buy a more efficient (fuel and manufacturing, etc wise) and just try to drive less in general.
arienne arienne 7 years
I am keeping my SUV. I need a 4-wheel drive to drive in the snow and in the marsh. I drive with my dog in the car all time. He rides in a crate for safety reasons. I am not willing to risk his saftey (or mine) by putting in the back seat of a sedan. I fill my SUV at Home Depot, IKEA and other stores regularly. I can seat five people and all of their lugage comfortably. I can carry several boxes of documents for work with no problem. I am just not willing to give that all up. I'm hoping that someday I can get a hybrid model, but that is just too expensive right now. All that said, my husband I and share our SUV and a second much small fuel-efficient car.
cherrylistic cherrylistic 7 years
I agree I think those things should have never come out in the first place If its gonna take the rising fuel cost then i think it's worth it & plus not having all those on the road makes the air cleaner. I have a Honda Accord and filling it up costs me I can't imagine those ppl driving gas guzzlers I think some of the ppl driving big cars are selfish they now we are runnig out of oil yet the insist on driving one anyways.
RaCheer RaCheer 7 years
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RaCheer RaCheer 7 years
I bought a '08 Honda Accord Coupe in October and it has the best gas mileage. I only have to fill up every 2 weeks! Best care EVER!
jesser80 jesser80 7 years
The Pontiac G6 (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/noframes/24304.shtml) gets about the same fuel economy as the horrid, awful, gas-guzzling SUV I drive (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/noframes/24692.shtml). I know what the statistics overall are, but I just want to point out that SUVs are not the only "gas-guzzlers" out there. I suspect the lust for SUV blood has more to do with the people perceived to drive them than the merits of the actual vehicles themselves. I will keep my SUV. I will drive it into the mountains to go skiing and camping. I will pack 7 people in it and haul stuff from home depot or to Goodwill with it (in one trip). I will also drive it courteously and park within my lines. I may pay a bit more than others for a fill-up. I've budgeted for it and choose that over other small luxuries.
Amelie074 Amelie074 7 years
My husband and I just bought a Ford Explorer. Yep, you heard right. Needed to. My husband has a disability and now uses an electric scooter to get around as he no longer has the strength to push himself for very long in his wheelchair. An Explorer was the only vehicle besides a minivan that the scooter would fit in the back in one piece with a hydraulic lift. It's been fantastic - has given him a whole new lease on life - he's much more independent than he ever has been. Why didn't we go with a minivan? Well, we do a lot of driving trips and sometimes the roads we go on are not exactly well taken care of. We wanted that 4x4 ability to get us wherever we want. and yes, we took a hit in the wallet for gas mileage but fortunately, both of us telecommute for work so we save a lot in that way. Sometimes you gotta do what ya gotta do! :)
karisaamy karisaamy 7 years
I'll be keeping my SUV - my husband is 6'4" and we have a dog that travels everywhere with us - In addition in the summer we use it to haul our boat. I also don't drive very often during the week, and my husband has a company car that he drives during the week.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 7 years
SUV's don't add any beneficial value on earth or even to life. Hard on the environment and hard on the pocket.
MindayH MindayH 7 years
I don't think they will be gone for good, but I think it would be great!
amybdk amybdk 7 years
It's about freaking time....
Leene Leene 7 years
We have Volvo S40 and I love driving it. I would like to have a Jeep. But I would only buy it if I would need it based on driving environment. SUV's are stupid. They are basically plastic and they just look "cool". No they don't and the drivers look like idiots. Don't give me crap about kids and needing space. My parents had three kids and Ford Orion in early 90's and we travelled across the Europe just fine.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 7 years
I own an SUV and right know since my son is on vacation I'm taking the subway to work. I was considering a trade but i'm just holding on to the car for now. My sister tried to trade in her Pathfinder and the dealer gave the car very little trade in value due to that SUV's weren't selling on his lot. She's very frustrated because she has to drive everyday and is filling up her tank twice a week.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 7 years
I have never owned an SUV or truck. My parents never had an SUV for us, and we survived. Also I don't believe that a bigger car is always safer. I have some bad stories of family dying near my parents house in Orange county NY. Most were coincidentally driving SUV's or mini vans.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 7 years
I traded in my Honda Pilot for a Nissan Rogue. It's the best thing I've ever done.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 7 years
We have a new Mazda3 and it had to go in the shop and they gave us a Mazda Tribute and we drove like 55 miles and it took 1/4 of a tank...thats crazy...
chicagojlo chicagojlo 7 years
Where I live there are just as many SUVs as ever. I get minimum 25mpg out of my Ford Escape, which is fine by me. I'd love to have a hybrid but they're just too expensive. If the premium was just a couple thousand lower I'd probably switch, but it would be to a hybrid Escape!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
A lot of people need the bigger vehicles for towing and such, so I doubt they'll get rid of the completely... but I traded in my little SUV (even though the mileage was decent) for my VW Bug. I'M not looking back.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i do think that they may be phased out for a bit, but not gone completely. when i was looking to buy a car while i still lived in FL, i was looking at a small sports car, but my fiance was concerned with it becuase i drove on 95 ALL the time and there are bad car accidents every day. for safety, he thought that i should have something bigger, and i think that a lot of people feel the same way. besides, if you have a lot of kids, sometimes you need the extra room.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 7 years
My b/f leased an SUV in December '05 and the lease expires later this year. He cannot WAIT to trade that sucker in because it guzzles so much gas! We're planning on downsizing to a more fuel-efficient vehicle.
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