Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard
jmaynard

Why we buy SUVs

In today's St. Paul Pioneer-Press, columnist Joe Soucheray takes both his own paper and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune to task over recent anti-SUV editorials. Both papers felt compelled to comment on the fact that Minnesota has risen from 18th in the nation to 4th in SUV registrations, and sunk from first to fifth in minivan registrations.

I sent him the following email:

Bravo!

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
of us.
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