A type of pick-up truck with an attached camper shell and seats in the cargo bed.
Never intended for passenger use on the highway, is cheaper to manufacture due to loophole in federal laws regulating passenger saftey. Despite the manufacturing economy, on of the most expensive types of motor vehicles to own and operate-high accident and theft rate, low re-sale value, and poor performance and fuel economy.
Prone to roll over and kill all occupants from something as simple as a failed tire. The lack of structure mandated for real passenger vehicles allows the 'SUV' to cave in upon rollover, while even the cheapest passenger car is legally required to have a roll cage in the roof structure.
Marketed as a more cool replacement for the minivan or station wagon. Often seen in news reports as the scene of multiple fatalities resulting from a blown tire. There is a new generation of vehicles marketed as suv or hybrid vehicles, these are not as dangerous, being based on minivan or car chassis-engineered for use on paved surfaces.