Are we Americans so much in love with our SUVs, CUVs and other high riding vehicles that we have pretty much stopped caring for other body styles? I know we have a strong dislike towards wagons and hatchbacks. But, for the life of me, I have not been able to find one person who has given me a valid reason they don’t like them in the first place.
a few months ago I was at my local Volvo dealership to checkout then new 2015 Volvo V60 wagon and while browsing, I ran across a couple who I guess were in their early to mid thirties and were cross shopping the V60 and its high riding cousin, the XC60. Out of curiosity, I approached the couple and asked them “what do you think about the new V60?” and the answers from both the couples were quite surprising. The woman said “I don’t like the way it drives”. To this I began to wonder how the hell did you come to that conclusion without even driving the car? I am sure by now that the wife was a bit annoyed with me asking questions about a car that she really didn’t give a damn about, so I walked away from her and asked her husband the same question. The husband simply said “we are expecting two babies soon and we want a vehicle in which we can easily carry our infants.” I completely understood the man’s perspective and as I began to walk away, the husband came back and said “as soon as I am done with my current lease, I am definitely going to get the V60″. So, I smiled and walked away from the couple to look at other cars inside the showroom. After another 20 minutes of browsing, I got in my car and drove home.
As I was driving home, I began to wonder if majority of Americans consumers were buying SUVs and CUVs out of peer pressure and fear or do they genuinely like the concept of owning a high riding vehicle? I am not sure what an individual’s reasoning is while they are purchasing a SUV or a CUV, but all I know is that majority of American automobile consumers gravitate more towards a high riding vehicle than say something like a wagon, MPV or something else which rides closer to the ground.
So, as I was browsing through all the automotive blogs and magazines for some inspiration for today’s article, I came across an article titled Ten Best Cars that nobody buys from CAR and DRIVER and decided to use this article to answer all of my questions above. In this flip book, the author shares ten good cars that we, the American automobile consumers, barely acknowledge their existence while we are shopping for a new vehicle. The list comprises of the usual suspects like wagons, MPVs and even some well-engineered sport and family sedans.
To find out which ten amazing vehicles we easily overlook while shopping for a new vehicle, click here. When I saw the list, I was surprised with some vehicles that made this list while some other vehicles’ presence here were not that surprising. So, check them out and let me or the fine folks at CAR and DRIVER know if you agree or disagree with the vehicles mentioned in the list. Also, if you have other vehicles you would have liked to see on the list, please list them as well.
Information Source: CAR and DRIVER