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    Small sedans still get better mileage than small SUVs. Small cars are still popular in other parts of the world, so if demand in the U.S. changes, Ford and GM could still import small cars to the U.S.

    Honda Civics are very popular here and their seats are lower than the average sedan. The higher seats in the crossovers aren't a good fit for everyone. I saw a woman have a difficult time taking her petite, frail mother out of a Buick Encore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    Ford is going where the money is.

    Small SUV's are just a nice as cars, about as cheap, and can do more.

    As usual, the market determines by "supply and demand".
    You people DO realize that what you call small or mid-sized SUV's or crossovers are just the station wagons we had in the 50's and 60's, right?
    And that probably at least half of the 4X4 pick up trucks have never been on rougher terrain than a mall parking lot, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    I got a small SUV about 3 years ago, because they don't make small trucks anymore.

    I get about 40 highway, about 35 in town, nearly double my old Ford Ranger.

    Plus about a dozen airbags instead of one.

    Next one will have all the new safety stuff: lane departure warnings, automatic braking...
    No shit? Which small SUV did you get that get's 40 mpg on the highway and 35 in town?
    What exactly do you mean by "about?" Within a mile or two of the numbers you cite or what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev. Hellh0und View Post
    I remember when Ford made a decent truck.....
    Did you know about the heated tailgate option for Ford trucks?
    Yep, that way your hands can stay warm as you push it home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    You people DO realize that what you call small or mid-sized SUV's or crossovers are just the station wagons we had in the 50's and 60's, right?
    And that probably at least half of the 4X4 pick up trucks have never been on rougher terrain than a mall parking lot, right?
    Think the benefit/value is seen more often dealing with winter road conditions.

    Four wheel drive is nice when driving in the snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    We started noticing this trend a few years ago when we saw the local retirement community had nothing but SUVs in the driveways. Everyone said when they got older it was so much easier to get in and out of as they aged. Now sedans are quite rare. Sometimes in busy rush hour traffic I feel sorry for the small car driver as they look like they are driving in a canyon of big trucks and SUVs! Just dont see many small cars at all anymore.
    A few years back I was going to buy a Chevy Corvette, re-live my youth thing I guess. Then I realized I need help getting in and out of the damn thing and got a luxury sedan instead. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    You people DO realize that what you call small or mid-sized SUV's or crossovers are just the station wagons we had in the 50's and 60's, right?
    And that probably at least half of the 4X4 pick up trucks have never been on rougher terrain than a mall parking lot, right?
    Yes I DO realize that.

    Yes, I do realize that, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    No shit? Which small SUV did you get that get's 40 mpg on the highway and 35 in town?
    What exactly do you mean by "about?" Within a mile or two of the numbers you cite or what?
    Yes, within a mile or two.

    My small SUV gets "within a mile or two" of 40 MPG hiway, and 35 MPG in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Am sure profit plays a role, but I do think most people prefer SUVS and trucks overall. Older people like them because they are easier to get in and out of and younger people like them because they dont need special things like snow tires or a second vehicle in the bad weather thus saving money. Cars just arent selling. Its supply and demand.
    It's primarily just a fad, what's popular at the moment. The snow thing & bad weather are just popular rationalizations for doing what you want to do for no other reason that it's popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post
    Think the benefit/value is seen more often dealing with winter road conditions.

    Four wheel drive is nice when driving in the snow.
    Don't get much snow in MW Mississippi or Memphis.
    "Benefit/value seen" and used as a selling point is ONE thing, how it is actually used in daily life is quite another.

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