Vehicle with the hauling capacity of a car, the ride of a truck, the gas milage of a tank, and the price tag of a jet fighter. See useless
Often driven by middle aged buisness men trying to look rugged or outdoorsy. 21 century replacement for the mid-life crisis sports car
Also driven by soccer moms and business woman because it looks more aggresive than the mini-van they really needed. See penis envy
The origin of the species were the old International Scout, Range Rovers, Land Rovers, and Chevy Suburbans, which were all true 4X4's and were designed with minimal comforts, but could climb the hell out of anything whilst towing a small village behind them. Current specimens are often underpowered or two wheel drive sitting on high leaf springs so they still look like they can climb and pull, but usually can be beat at the light by an economy 4 cylinder car. Current models are often fully outfitted with every luxury feature available, including GPS
in case the driver decides to turn off the blacktop for a couple seconds.
As long as the SUV market continues to increase, the price of gasoline is not high enough.