I sent him the following email:
I read the Star-Tribune's anti-SUV screed right after I got home from Sears
and unloaded my shiny new snowblower from the back of my Lexus RX300. It fit
just fine, after we folded the handle over. There's no way it would have fit
in the average car.
One other point the S-T made that nobody seems to want to debunk: I get 20
MPG out of my RX300, on average. (22 if I'm not using Minnesota-standard gas
diluted by 10% ethanol, which has a much lower energy content.) I've rented
the SUV-haters' favored replacement, the Chrysler Town and Country minivan,
several times on business trips - and have never gotten better than 17 MPG
out of real gas. Some energy savings.
Anyway, thanks for the column. I'm sure you'll get lots of comments from
enviro-weenies who can't see that real people have real reasons for buying
and driving SUVs. I'm happy that someone in the press sticks up for the rest