n. A relatively new term used to describe many passenger vehicles that are high and have a "rugged" appearance.

the first SUVs were simply pickup trucks that had rear seats and a permanent roof in back in place of the truck bed- a step beyond the simple "camper shell." More sophisticated SUVs eventually got their own body styles, although most were still based on a pickup chassis. SUVs were manufactured mainly by the US, although the British made some as well, such as Land Rover.

Following a large increase in popularity around the turn of the century, SUVs began to flood the market. every car company had one, if not multiple, models of SUV. Foreign companies are in on the market as well, most notably the Japanese, and most recently some of the German car companies, such as Porsche and Volkswagen. with the newer models, there are basically three categories:

The "real" SUV- a vehicle that has not lost its roots as an offroader. included in this group the Hummer H1, Chevy Trailblazer, and most Land Rover vehicles. To a lesser extent, the Ford Explorer, Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon, and Dodge Durango also fall under this classification.

The "Behemoth"- these SUVs are emormous... in fact, they are so large that taking them offroad is usually a bad idea. The Chevy Suburban (aka the GMC Yukon XL) is a household name and was the prime example of this type of vehicle for many years until Ford unveiled the even larger Excursion. Ford's Expedition is also in this category, and the explorer may also end up here because it gets larger with every redesign. Large SUVs always have 3 rows of seats and typically seat 7 or 8 people. many "soccer moms" have purchased these SUVs as "cool" replacements for minivans, although they have the same passenger capacity but are less stable and less fuel efficient than minivans and even most full-sized vans. the Ford Excusrion gets 10~11 miles per gallon for city riving. The immense size of these SUVs makes them perfect for camping, moving furniture, and towing.

The mini SUV- the last general grouping of SUVs didn't hit the market until the SUVs' surge in popularity. these are primarily based on car chassis and carry 5 people. they are pretty much useless as offroaders and don't get amazing mileage, although this category of SUV has the best mileage of the three. they have much better road manners than other SUVs as well. These SUVs are more numerous than the others because of their price and relative practicality compared to the other SUVs. the Jeep Liberty, Ford Escape, Toyota Rav4, and Mercedes Benz M-class are only a few examples.

There are still more that don't really fit in the 3 categories. Some SUVs exist purely for their "cool factor" and luxury accomodations. these are the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, and Hummer H2.

Others are just unique for their capabilities. the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg are both said to be very nice road vehicles, but they are also capable of handling moderate offroad situations. The Crysler Pacifica is a minivan-SUV crossover that has similar attributes.
Way too many people commute to work alone in small SUVs when they could take a nice, quick compact that gets twice the mileage... or at least a good luxury 4-door.
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Acronym for Sports Utility Vehicle, an expensive kind of car usually made by Detroit that gets really crappy gas mileage (<20). In a head-on collision, SUVs sometimes run over the hoods of cars and can seriously mess up the other driver/passenger, due to their front grate thing (not sure what it is) pushing the other car under and lifting the SUV on top of the other car.
SUVs have a high center of gravity, so a sharp turn will flip it and if you unfortunately land on the gas tank, the car may blow up.
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Lacrosse is to SUV as Soccer is to Minivan. Put that on your SAT test.
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Screws Up Volkswagens---->SUV
Should have been called SBOW- Security Blanket ON Wheels
1.)A large unnecessary pile of shit (no matter how much it costs)who's owners enjoy pissing away the worlds natural resources more than R. Kelly enjoys pissing on women. Their owners usually justify owning one for its ability to make them feel safe and to transport their large family consisting of 1 spoiled bratty ass child that will grow up to be an even bigger asshole than their parents. When in reality they just need to learn how to drive a normal size vehicle so they don't have to hide behind a tank. Basically its a suburban security blanket for morons.

2.) An ignorant useless automotive indulgence that has set the automotive industry back 20 years.

3.) What president Bush masturbates to photos of.

4.) The main reason why we will run out of oil one day.

5.) The main reason why the electric car concept was abandoned. See the film "who killed the electric car".

6.) What will most likely be the instrument of my death when im driving my 1959 VW Beetle down the interstate one day.

7.) Vehicles who's owners i will be laughing my ass off at when we run out of oil and they are reduced to nothing but large even more useless paperweights. I can always convert the bug to electricity.

8.) The reason why we need to put more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly bio diesel engines in large vehicles.

9.) The reason why people will not be able to drive and enjoy classic cars in the future. Because SUV's drank up all the gas.

10.) The only vehicle you see on the road if you live in Short Pump Virginia.

11.) The reason why people are afraid to drive compact cars. If they buy an SUV they cannot get hurt if another SUV runs into them.

"Some selfish shit bag in an SUV ran over me while i was driving my bug down the interstate. Now im disabled and have to spend the rest of my life as a vegetable while their ass can walk around and enjoy their selfish little suburban lifestyle and live in their overpriced cookie cutter home. But thats my fault i guess. How stupid of me to be driving a fuel efficient compact car. If i was driving an SUV this wouldnt have happened."
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Sport utility vehicle. What is so sporty of sherman tank offroad gas guzzler cargo trailer puller and cargo hauler? Nothing sporty about it unless mom and dad is taking kids to a sports meet. That is soccer practice. The suv is a vehicle of trend than a vehicle that is owned among soccer dads and moms that live in the suburbs that need to keep up with the jones. The suburban zombies are in the mind state of sharing the same brain,because they have no concept of how to make their own decisions.The suv is taken from a pickup and been modified. The suv is a vehicle of a lifestyle not for it's real purpose.Most suvs don't hit the offroad mud trails on a daily basis.
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suv is a mini van and station wagon replacement and upgrade
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Basically a virgin that THINKS shes/he da shit.(usally a girl)
-"Hey you saw Shakita today, struttin around cause she got a new purse?"
-"Yeah, but still doesn't change the fact shes a SUV.
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