What is not known is that it also represents a manifestation of the American psyche following the 9/11 terrorist attacks for a desire of safety against the unknown. Since America is based on capitalism the only way Americans knew how to deal with this was to buy something. If you look shit up you can see that gas prices didn't go up as SUVs got more popular but that SUVs got more popular as gas prices went up. Also these events happened at the same time as George Bush began his infamous "War on Terror" which to this day has not achieved its primary goal, the death or capture of Osama Bin Laden. The War on Terror is simply another example of the need for the feeling of safety that arose after 9/11 but on a national scale
As gas prices soared into an absurdly high price per barrel and a few years had passed since 9/11 the American psyche was on its way to being less concerned with safety and more so on economic (2008-2009 recession) and social problems (global warming and the usual shit like shit in Africa) which led to a reduction in the purchase of SUVs.
The need for the feeling of safety created by 9/11 simply jump started the SUV industry but in no way sustained it. Presently many people still buy SUVs because of the social aspects and the limited practical values.
Albert- Wow dude i never thought terrorists could do something like that...
Shan- Yea i don't feel safe whenever I'm outside my house anymore.
Albert- I know, lets buy really big cars because thats how we get places when we aren't home!!
Shan- Good Idea... (leaves his gated community house to the car dealership across the street) Give me your largest bulkiest SUV and i will pay whatever it costs!! Who cares about gas prices or the environment?
2. An nauseatingly irresponsible vehicle if you live in Miami and drive it solely because noone going to tell you that you can't.
Regardless, there is no reason that auto manufacturers shouldn't be required to increase the fuel efficiency of these beasts.
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.