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Gotta say, I do love my Trailblazer:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-01/americans-...
 
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To the surprise of no one, the love ebbs and flows based on gas prices.

Gotta say I hate the stupid things though.

Where I live I sadly don't have any good other options.

My Honda Fit lasted a year driving up/down the canyon before it met a rock that re-arranged its underneath. SUVs provide a good mix of interior travel comfort and load carrying toughness.

YMMV of course.


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In practice what is going on is that the sedan is dying, and getting replaced by the crossover. It's still, for the most part, a car platform, but in this specific view of the market, those are called light trucks, even though you can't either offroad or carry anything that resembles load wit them: They are just sedans you sit higher up on, maintaining the fuel economy.

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I use Lyft. Parking in this city is a nightmare. Owning a van in this town would be a horror beyond my comprehension.

The next car I'm looking at is a Fiat Abarth. Some power and completely adorbs. I'm probably going to hold off until I move out of this part of town or parking opens up in my complex.
 
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hibikir wrote:
In practice what is going on is that the sedan is dying, and getting replaced by the crossover. It's still, for the most part, a car platform, but in this specific view of the market, those are called light trucks, even though you can't either offroad or carry anything that resembles load wit them: They are just sedans you sit higher up on, maintaining the fuel economy.
More like station wagons with more ground clearance than sedans.
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Damn immigrants. GO BACK TO SWEDEN, WHERE YOU WERE BJORN!!!
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Personally, I wish renting a pickup was more reasonable. It would be entirely nonsensical to own one given the fuel difference, but I would enjoy using one every, say once every 4 months or so to haul something large.

I don't know how rental vehicles are regulated, but I've really never seen an older one, and I'd love to rent an old pickup without paying a bucketload without having to do so privately.

Anyway, yeah, the majority of Americans really don't need to own a truck, so it's confusing that people associate it with status. But hey, I don't really understand fancy rims either.
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Damn immigrants. GO BACK TO SWEDEN, WHERE YOU WERE BJORN!!!

C'mon, he's still Bjorn in America.
 
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This is why I need a truck. This and hunting.

 
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Hey, if you're using an SUV to drive over shitty terrain or a pickup truck/van because you're a contractor I've got no problem. That's what they're meant to do. Pick the right vehicle for the job.

It's when I see some guy commuting to work at the office in the morning driving a sparkling fresh-paint Ford that could make a contractor's life a thousand times easier, and the bed sparkles like it was recently waxed, and he climbs out to go sit in front of a computer for 9 hours? Good god. Buy a pill off the internet, it's cheaper and has the same effect.


Heh.....you certainly have an interesting perspective, I'll say that.


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GreyICE wrote:
Hey, if you're using an SUV to drive over shitty terrain or a pickup truck/van because you're a contractor I've got no problem. That's what they're meant to do. Pick the right vehicle for the job.

It's when I see some guy commuting to work at the office in the morning driving a sparkling fresh-paint Ford that could make a contractor's life a thousand times easier, and the bed sparkles like it was recently waxed, and he climbs out to go sit in front of a computer for 9 hours? Good god. Buy a pill off the internet, it's cheaper and has the same effect.
Heh.....you certainly have an interesting perspective, I'll say that.
That's pretty much the case in Southern California, and I expect NorCal, too.

Vans went out decades ago. Minivans are unpopular, despite being able to hold a lot. Commercial vans have switched to the bigger and cheaper to run Ford Transits and sometimes Mercedes Sprinters(?).

Pickups are pretty much all commercial, unless you have a big hobby like jet skiing or pulling a fifth wheel trailer.

Small sedans are pretty popular still. And small coupes: Prii are the single most popular brand.

Otherwise, it's various size station wagons, labelled as SUVs, crossovers, etc., pretty much recreating station wagons and early compact cars, sedans minus trunk. Few, mostly Subarus, are actually 4WD.

Well, and then there's a pretty big segment of exotics: convertibles, sportscars, sport sedans, serious performance cars like Teslas, Porsches, WRXs, and down to a lot of Miatas.

Mostly, it's Asian and Germans brands. Ford and GM do pretty well. Italian and British brands aren't popular because many vacation destinations, like Vegas, are across serious deserts: you need a car that's dead reliable, or you're reliably dead--in danger, at least.
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This is why I need a truck. This and hunting.


Sweet, where do you run? My dad and I used to run street stock, then he did limited late model at Lincoln Park in Putnamville, IN). No better racing than dirt short track!


We used a van for most of the time to haul ours.
 
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I'm an urban cyclist. My life depends on my ability to stay aware of the situation around me. For that reason, I really dislike SUVs and big pickups. They're too tall to see over, and I've almost been killed twice by another vehicle that suddenly shoots out around one when I had no idea they were there.

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Sweet, where do you run? My dad and I used to run street stock, then he did limited late model at Lincoln Park in Putnamville, IN). No better racing than dirt short track!


We used a van for most of the time to haul ours.

I'm not running just yet. I am hoping to run weekly at West Liberty, IA and Dubuque, IA. Possibly also Farley, IA. Right now I am helping a friend with his Legends car that we are running at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids, IA along with some special dirt events at Davenport, IA, Darlington, WI, Donnellson, IA, Dubuque, IA, Farley, IA, Maquoketa, IA, and possibly Beaver Dam, WI.
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Terwox wrote:
Personally, I wish renting a pickup was more reasonable. It would be entirely nonsensical to own one given the fuel difference, but I would enjoy using one every, say once every 4 months or so to haul something large.

I don't know how rental vehicles are regulated, but I've really never seen an older one, and I'd love to rent an old pickup without paying a bucketload without having to do so privately.

Anyway, yeah, the majority of Americans really don't need to own a truck, so it's confusing that people associate it with status. But hey, I don't really understand fancy rims either.

You can get them at Home Depot by the hour for about $18. My Brother in Law got one this morning for an hour.
 
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i ride my bicycle - preferably after midnight

Damn immigrants. GO BACK TO SWEDEN, WHERE YOU WERE BJORN!!!

C'mon, he's still Bjorn in America.

 
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The best commuting vehicle I have ever used by far and wide.



I get to work about 5 minutes faster then I would in a car (35 minute commute versus 40 or so), never have to worry about traffic jams or any delays, do not have to mess about with parking, and burn 4000 extra calories a week on top of actually arriving refreshed and energetic.
Oh yes, and it costs me about $200 a year to operate and maintain

EDIT:
Before anyone asks... yes I've been out on it well past midnight on many an occasion
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I've been out on it well past midnight on many an occasion

I always knew you were untrustworthy!
 
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