First of all, the Highlnader is not an SUV. You might get away with
calling it a "Crossover" but in no way is it an SUV. In my opinion, it
is nothing more than a Camry Station Wagon. Of the vehicles we looked
at, the Edge was the closest thing to an SUV and it wasn't
particularly close, although Ford tries to pitch it as one. The Venza
is called a car, but the only substantial difference between it and
the Highlander is the height of the roof and the level of standard
equipment. The CR-V would like to pretend to be an SUV, but it misses
the mark by hundreds of miles. It is just a Civic Station Wagon with
an AWD option. Even the Pilot, although a nice vehicle, can't be
considered a legitimate SUV. Anything that is primarily front wheel
drive and has very limited towing capacity is just a station wagon (or
I guess a "Crossover" which in my mind is the new name for "Station
My Mother never said she wanted an SUV. She just wanted something that
she could sit up in and see out of. Until she got a Freestyle, my
Mother always drove a full size vehicles (Galaxie, LTD, Grand Marquis,
etc.). The Freestyle was the smallest car she had ever owned, and at
least it gave her a decent view. Most cars that claim to be full size
these days wouldn't have qaulified as an intermediate in the 60's and
they all tend to place you very low and don't provide a very good view
of the road in a world dominated by large trucks and SUVs (my Mom
lives in a rural area and more than half the vehicles are large trucks
Anyhow, if you think a front wheel drive, four cylinder Highlander is
an SUV, I think you are using a different definition of an SUV than
would be reasonable.
On the Toyota webpage it is in the SUV section, but they don't have a
At the dealers we looked at they had plenty of 2WD or AWD (seemed to
be more 2WD than AWD). My Mother lives in a relatively flat area, it
snows no more than a few days a year, and she has no need to go on bad
dirt roads. Her Freestyle was AWD, but I don't think she knew or cared
and I saw no reason to pay extra for AWD for the new Highlander. If
things are bad enough that 4WD is required, she still has my Dad's '99
4WD Ranger available.
One thing that makes it much easier, for front seat passengers anyway
are two door cars with larger doors. 4 door small cars can be a pain. I
remember a 2 door Rabbit I had, which was much easier to get in and out
of than a 4 door Rabbit with much smaller doors.
Imagine, people in a free country, spending their own money to buy the
vehicle they believe is the best for their them. From what we see going
on among all the Socialists and the Environuts running our government in
Washington today, that may soon change. LOL
Hey Mike. You still haven't answered my question about whether the
socialist government should have let GM go without a bailout. And
speaking of communists, what do you thin about the Chinese buying
Hummer? I think they are suckers just like the people who bought them
one at a time.
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