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Wednesday, July 10. 2019
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You Don’t Need That SUV (and You Know It)
Wrong. We need one. Just one.
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Lots of folks really, truly don't need those SUVs, but it's not because they're DESTROYING THE PLANET. Many folks buy one because it's (1) what all their friends have or (2) it will be handy to haul lots of stuff/people around or (3) nobody makes a station wagon anymore.
They never think about (1) what a gas hog the thing is or (2) how difficult it is to park in urban areas or (3) how all your cronies will assume you'll be their chauffeur or (4) how easy it is to roll one at speed or (5) whether it's a good idea to hand this off to your jackanapes teen-ager who will treat it as a hillbilly hot-rod.
Me, I'm a try-before-you-buy guy. I rent different cars when I travel, and overall, my SUV experiences have not been wonderful. So I'll pass.
Last word of advice to the article's author: save yourself and leave my damn planet alone.
well said. Most people have no need for an SUV because they don't have a requirement for a car that size.
Take the single guy who commutes to work 5 days a week and in the weekend uses the car to get groceries.
He spends 95% of his time alone in the car with maybe a few grocery bags, that's it. Even a sedan is overkill for his requirements (not talking fashion here).
Myself, I bought a small VW. Easy to park, large enough for me and a few bags of groceries, and in case I do need to carry someone along, plenty of room for an extra adult and there's a rear seat for 2 more people but you lose a lot of the space for those groceries.
And honestly, that's what most anyone who doesn't have children needs. If you do have children and want to use the car for vacations where you need to carry luggage for the family, you want a somewhat larger car, but something like a Civic sedan or Mondeo is plenty for that as well.
SUV class vehicles really become something you logically should look at if you have 3-4 children and a couple of large dogs that need to go with you on that vacation.
Or if you just want one.
In the end, that's the only criteria that actually matters. (That, and being able to afford the behemoth, of course.)
I'm really glad there's no "Department of Vehicle/User Suitability". Such a thing would be damned annoying. "We're sorry, you cannot have THAT particular type of vehicle because you've not demonstrated a need for it."
of course. What you want and what you need are often 2 different things and there should indeed be no apportioning of things based on just what you need according to some agency.
But many people are buying SUVs and then complaining that the parking spots are too small, gas is too expensive for them to drive the thing, the maintenance cost or road taxes are too high.
To those people: you should have considered that before buying the bloody thing.
The SUV is the new station wagon. And if you live where it snows it is necessary.
Ant then there's THIS: https://247wallst.com/autos/2019/06/26/chevy-to-give-customers-what-they-want-a-100000-pickup/
We each have a Toyota RAV4. I guess it's an SUV--a glorified station wagon, really--but it's a pretty small one. Decent gas mileage, easy to park, but plenty of room for the dogs and packages. I assume people who are hyperventilating about SUVs are talking about the great big ones? These are comfortable, incredibly reliable cars.
The reason (especially mid sized) SUVs are popular is that they are far more practical than sedans (they are becoming the dominant police vehicle). Upright seating, luggage space in a package no bigger (usually smaller) than a full sized sedan. They are the natural successor to the station wagon.
SuVs are far easier to get in and out of than sedans, and driving visibility is much better, particularly backing up.
Anyway, in a free country people get to drive what they want. Their choice is no one else's business.
I have had medium sized SUV since they have been around. I haul lots of stuff. I used to drive a 14 foot box truck for my business and got used to being up high where it is much easier to see what's going around you on the road, same with the SUV. I am very uncomfortable when riding in my spouses low "skate board" sedan. I don't feel safe riding in that car and don't drive it.
"[In] a free country people get to drive what they want."
There you have it in a nutshell.
I'm currently just under 70, and I just passed on another retirement buyout offer. Too much is going on in my life, I'm certainly not in a position to 'jump the shark' now.
Once you retire, your next job is Walmart..
Besides I need a level of pressure to keep myself mentally stable.
...Once you retire, your next job is Walmart. Nah. Start your own business. Consultancy. If you have any kind of reputation in your field, the clients will seek you out. I ran a consultancy out of a spare bedroom in the 80's-90's before retiring for good. Biggest problem was saying no to clients I didn't like.
I didn't plan on "retiring" either...but I was "retired" anyways. It's swell all you high end types have all these options...but the other 90% of us get it in the back of the neck.
And Walmart is a horrible place to work where they think a 70% turnover is a victory.
Can anyone explain what environmental racism is? Is that not liking all planets and animals equally? What about insects? I despise mosquitos, snakes, pigeons, and any insect that kills my trees and vegetables in the garden. Does that make me an environmental bigot? I need to get woke.
I'll take a stab at it B Hammer.
Environmental racism is well-to-do white people telling poor people of color to do without for the good of the planet, while not practicing what they preach.. For example: Air conditioning for me but not for thee. Gas guzzling vehicles for me but not for thee. Air travel for me but not for thee.
That sort of thing.
Well, that's what it is, but I'll bet it's not what they're teaching (chuckle).
Whenever someone advocates "conversations that are uncomfortable," I find that they don't mean conversations, they mean diatribes, and they don't mean they themselves will be uncomfortable.
My niece/goddaughter goes to UDenver. I worry what's just in the air and assumed there.
Remember the old formula "I'm not comfortable with the direction this conversation is taking?" Now we can supplement it with "I feel a threat to my dignitary safety." To be used whenever someone decides it's time to make us endure an uncomfortable conversation, which as you suggest is not a conversation at all but a harangue meant to be answered with a mea culpa.
Re the guy in the Dunkin ad: I think he's auditioning for the millennial version of the Smith Bros. cough drop boxes.
If that dude showed up at my door wanted to date my daughter, I would slam the door in his face. Was he going for the douchebag look or did it just happen that way?
The getup helps hide all the tattoos when he goes in for an interview.
I believe you'll find that's "Jarvis Dupont" who - like Titania McGrath - essentially a satirizes modern trends and affectations.
Tucker's review of the admissions policy of top end universities equates to classrooms being filled with "special" people--the children of wealthy and entitled. They enter college believing they are special. They already know that they are smarter than everyone else--a special elite group of special kids who become leaders in the fem/nazi party, or better still become authoritarian "agents of change" with a limited understanding of what it is they are changing. You see this most clearly in the recent assault by the women's leadership (led by daughters of great wealth) on that which they cannot control (not yet anyway) that would be the STEM subjects. The process is thus:
children of privilege grow up in a house with special/additional insights to the current issue.
You Don’t Need That SUV (and You Know It)
I don't need Alex Lauer turning our oxygen supply into carbon dioxide and yet here he is.
Harvard Genius Elizabeth Warren Says She’ll Push to End Israel’s ‘Occupation’ of Gaza — Israel Left Gaza in 2005: Lizzie doesn't keep up to date.
Real Talk: You Don’t Need That SUV (and You Know It): YOU don't know ME, and I don't know YOU, but I now know enough about you to disregard you.
Re: picture at the top...
The man bun is merely a saddle horn for his boyfriend Paolo.
I lollygag from place to place on my '05 Dyna, mostly, but now and then I get an urge to rattle around in my '85 CJ7. Not especially big, but not small either. I would pack tools or camping gear, or, occasionally, when she was still with us, my Boxer. A big part of the appeal of my "Flying Yellow Brick" is, a wee bit o' ground clearance and solid 4-by gear. Provides solitude...and, judging by the appearance of many of the SUVs I see around my part of the country, lots of dirt/mud, all to myself.
Should either have a cop sitting next to the kid or the kid in a police costume.
I think the man bun is the crazy male version/answer to the female nose piercing/ring. I think the purpose of it/them is to "politely" flip the bird at normal people.