What’s with idiot auto’ designers! They designed plenty of SUV’s that are silly! They’re TOO big and TOO useless since all you can haul is 4-6 humans with barely enough space to stuff your dog in the back of it. These things are decked out plush, with DVD and yadda yadda, crap I don’t need or care about (I do though want leather = easy clean). Well, some of us actually buy SUV’s for the "utility" purpose. I need a 4×4 SUV with TRUE fold flat seats (not the crap that folds at an angle due to over sized fat seats or that leaves wide gaps between rows) to max’ cargo space so I can haul equipment and 3 large (German Shepherd and 2 Lab’s) over actual off road terrain. I refuse to look at new SUV’s (no point in paying retail).
It’s funny I have a 99′ Ford Explorer Sport that is designed better than many full size crap SUV’s I’ve looked at so far (Toyota 4 Runner is another good one – up till 2002 I believe). The Explorer features a level fold flat cargo floor. I’m in laughter at the really bad SUV’s I’ve looked at that are no more than souped up passenger cars that offer little utility.
For anyone concerned about the environment, this won’t be my daily driver.
What am I looking for?
I’ve narrowed it down to the Pre-02′ Toyota 4 Runner or the Nissan Xterra (likely 2nd gen. since it has improved power, I’m told). I can’t think of any other SUV’s that actually incorporate "utility" into their design (with exception to maybe Nissan’s Pathfinder, or Toyota’s Land Cruiser, maybe the Infiniti QXR, Ford Expedition, Volvo XC90, or some of the pricey Landrovers – Majority of Landrovers I see never ever get off of the pavement LOL!).
Other SUV’s (I’m on my soapbox!) are really limited by design to only being oversized gas guzzling passenger cars with little utility! Grrr.