SUV/Crossovers, above all, capture our imaginations. There is a promise of possibilities; the promise of outdoor adventure, doing inspirational activities, and helping us connect with the life we want to lead.
SUV is a term we use, but today’s cars are more crossovers than SUV. An SUV was originally built on a truck platform; therefore, they tended to be on the larger side and not so fuel efficient. Today’s Crossovers are built on car platforms (unibody), which are lighter, more maneuverable, and very important here in Israel because they’re easier to park.
So, we get the rugged and sporty SUV look in a more practical vehicle package because let’s face it; for the most part, it is going to be driven on a flat, paved road, air conditioning on, Spotify playlist kicking out tunes on the media system, the young ladies voice on Waze telling us to turn right in 2 km, Mobileye reminding us we did not use our turn signal to change lanes, all the while sipping on a latte.
There is also the prestige effect — you don’t “sit down into” as one would in a sedan, as much as you “step inside” a crossover/SUV.
Safety: They are not necessarily safer than sedans of comparable weight class, but here is a more confident feeling. This is because you are raised higher off the road, giving better visibility. But this effect is waning somewhat as more people are driving crossovers, so the average vehicle height is rising.
Take one for a test drive if you haven’t already, they are fun to drive!!