a) increase performance, and
b) make more noise.
Often they are adorned with gaudy decals for motorsports brands, heavy metal groups, or generic stuff like Tapout or SKIN.
Commonly lifted vehicles include most pickups and large SUVs, especially the Ford Excursion. Any vehicle designed for off-road use, however, can be lifted.
Theoretically this is to increase off-road performance, although the higher center of gravity would likely make them more likely to roll over on rough terrain. They never have a single scratch on their beautiful paint jobs anyway and are usually seen on the highway next to Corollas and Civics.
They guzzle gas like no other due to the higher aerodynamic profile, the big engine and the knobby tires. They also obstruct visibility on the highway. The point of these vehicles seems mostly to project an obnoxiously aggressive attitude over all other drivers. They are especially popular in the Inland Empire for this reason. One cannot live in the 909, or anywhere in SoCal, without seeing them every mile or so on the freeway.
"Yeah, pretty sick man. I wish I had 12,000 to blow on mods."
A large suv or more often truck that has had longer suspension components nailed on it to increase ground clearance. In reality if you go through all the trouble of lifting your truck you will also spend most of you paycheck on other parts to put on it. Large tires, smoke stacks, custom paint jobs, longer towing style mirrors, shiny headlights, and accent lighting are common. The charisma of this kind of masterpiece is not appreciated in most cities, europe, the west coast, and really anywhere except rural America and some parts of Australia. In it's natural habitat the Lifted truck is most often seen Rollin' Coal, Mudding, and generally attracting many admirers.
It should be noted that Lifted Trucks do have their drawbacks.
*Fuel economy (I hope you don't like penguins)
*5th wheel or gooseneck hitch (they just won't reach)
*Bumper hitch (You will need special parts to make it reach)
Natural enimies: Ricers, Environmentalists
Truck owner: Sure, race you accost the cornfield.
Katie: Hell yeah!
A lifted truck has its suspension raised and may have its engine modified to be louder, creating a true white trash experience.
Lifted trucks are never seen in New England, the New York area, the Miami area, or Hollywood. Driving such a mess would be grounds for ridicule and a reminder that the driver is a low-class yokel redneck from the uncultured fly-over states.
New Yorker woman 1: Ewww. What is that?
New Yorker woman 2: It's a redneck. Just keep walking.