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Family SUVs: Is Safety or the Environment More Important?

Lots of moms buy organic, compost, and recycle before they load their kids up in a gas-guzzling SUV to transport them to soccer, take them on a nature hike, or pick up more energy-saving light bulbs. There's a campaign for families to go green, but much is also to be said for keeping children safe on the open road. The logistics of space — fitting an entire family and their belongings and friends inside a car — aside, lots of moms and dads feel more secure in a large vehicle because the streets and freeways are already swarming with them. And who wants to take a chance with precious cargo? When it comes to motoring around town, which do you consider more: safety or your carbon footprint?

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phatE phatE 7 years
i just hate minivans. everything else is up for discussion. i drive a volvo xc90, and LOVE it. it's definitely safe & has a ton of room.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
It doesn't matter anyways. First off, no one has the right to tell someone else what they "need". If someone has the money and wants an SUV, then they should get one. That's called freedom. Second, like taxchick said, its mostly trucks and SUVs out there. When it's a small car against an SUV, the car is not going to win. If you don't want an SUV, don't buy one. But being smug just makes people angry at you, it doesn't make them want to change.
EmilieLove EmilieLove 7 years
I think that the way that this question is worded isn't entirely fair. There are PLENTY of safe sedans out there. If you have a kid, maybe a Mini Cooper or even a Prius isn't the best thing to buy if you're concerned about safety, but this poll makes it sound like NOT driving an SUV makes you unsafe, which is completely false. There are ways to be environmentally friendly and safe without killing the ozone with your Escalade.
esk4 esk4 7 years
So, basically people want to drive SUV's because they will sustain less damage in a collision. No one really 'needs' and SUV unless you tow something or live way out in the middle of no where. All SUV's do is make the road a much more dangerous place for people who drive cars with lower bumpers. I think its silly that people justify buying one for safety when you are making the roads tat much more dangerous for everyone else. If its really about space buy a station wagon or minivan.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
Our next car will be an SUV simply because we go camping and boating and all that fun stuff. They have more power to get over mountains and tow things. For right now I'm in a mini van. Fun stuff. I agree with the other postings about bigger not always being safer! If someone really wants safety they should go with a wagon or a mini van.
vinnie vinnie 7 years
I needed the space and reliability of a new car, so when I got pregnant I bought a Ford Escape Hybrid. I could satisfy my desire to be "Green" and functional.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
people who think SUVs are automatically safer cuz they're bigger probably shouldn't be reproducing.
Sarana Sarana 7 years
Actually SUV's are less safe, for the people on the street! In an accident with a pedestrian the pedestrian gets hurt worse than if the car was a normal car.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Most green cars are too small if you have 2 or more kids. And the larger hybrid SUVs are a fortune.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I have one child. We do not need an SUV. If I had more kids, I'd go for a station wagon. Now, if I lived up on a mountain and couldn't get up my driveway without a lifted 4x4, I'd consider an SUV.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
we're getting one soon... and will consider safety first but the next important thing is mileage as thats money out the window.... they're not all terrible though
Deidre Deidre 7 years
I think what's interesting is that there are plenty of safe sedans out there. SUV absolutely does not automatically equal safety.
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