Honda Ridgeline Owners Club Forums banner
1 - 11 of 11 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
1,211 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Seems to be a trend. They seem to be moving away from the rugged sportiness that, IMHO, led to their popularity in the first place, and back toward the minivan styling that everyone loves to hate. They're actually starting to resemble bullet trains. I hope this trend doesn't continue much longer.
 

Attachments

· Premium Member
Joined
·
372 Posts
I would say it's probably because Soccer Moms are probably the largest number of SUV drivers and they are designing them for them.

just a guess though,
 

· Premium Member
2018 RTL-E White/Tan
Joined
·
2,329 Posts
I think there's room in the market for both types of SUV.

Early SUV's were built on pickup truck chassis. Consumers were smitten the 'rugged' styling and machismo image, even though most of the SUVs sold never leave the pavement. Auto makers loved SUVs too because they only cost slightly more to build than a pickup, but consumers would pay much, much more for an SUV than what trucks sold for back then.

Eventually consumers grew tired of the terrible mileage and poor road manners of traditional SUVs (especially in the wake of several rollover debacles), so the market has been evolving toward SUVs that offer more of what consumers actually need (better mileage, better ride quality, less likely to roll over) with less off road capability, all the while piling on more and more upscale interiors and features to keep the profit margins high.

For a few years crossovers were popular, but consumers have began to equate crossover with the dreaded minivan, so manufacturers have responded by dropping, 'tall wagons' and 'crossovers' from their lineup and have further refined (softened) their SUV offerings.

Bottom line, yesterdays crossover is today's SUV and for most consumers that's a good thing. For those SUV buyers who actually need to go off roading or tow heavy loads there may be fewer truck-like SUV choices in the future.
 
  • Like
Reactions: ernieD

· Registered
Joined
·
3,839 Posts
The 2016 CAFE requirement is making the Aerodynamics much more important. The Rugged front end is a thing of the past.

The days of a pure engine / transmission is soon to end. The electric motor drive train is the only way to meet the 2024 CAFE requirements - the extra gears in the transmissions are not adding the extra MPG that are needed.
 
  • Like
Reactions: tbrigh01

· Registered
Joined
·
2,017 Posts
In the case of Honda, not only were they attempting to be more aerodynamic, but Honda's research also indicated that the old Pilot looked boxy and gave the appearance of being less aerodynamic (more to women than men).
 

· Registered
Joined
·
4,166 Posts
You need to look at what SUV vehicles were offered in the past 15-20yrs.
Navigator, Escalade, Suburban, Tahoe, Expedition, 4 Runner
Pathfinder, Grand Cherokee, Explorer.
Many people purchased these vehicles for their 4WD capabilities thinking better for snow.
They also sit up higher than passenger car roominess and utility.
But to answer your question many of today's so SUVs have AWD or 4WD don't need to be behemoth type of vehicles of past. People want something easier to drive and park. Creature comforts supple ride of the minivan can be found in today's SUV. The 4DR sedan is dying you still have Accord/Civic ect. but many have disappeared. They have been replaced by the modern day SUV CUV Crossover type vehicle. People forget about how the station wagon was popular at onetime. I hate the term soccer mom because many women driving some of these vehicle might not be mothers of soccer playing age children any more . Some might be single with no children at all.
But it very well may be women driving the style of vehicles clearly people want different choices.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
3,009 Posts
Americans are too busy/to lazy for adventure off-road. Soccer mom's don't need off-road style vehicles.

Basically Americans work all the time because they suck with finances & accumulate debt like crazy. Then they get too old to actually want to adventure.
 

· Premium Member
2018 RTL-E White/Tan
Joined
·
2,329 Posts
Basically Americans work all the time because they suck with finances & accumulate debt like crazy. Then they get too old to actually want to adventure.
Sad but true. :(
 

· Registered
Joined
·
244 Posts
Seems to be a trend. They seem to be moving away from the rugged sportiness that, IMHO, led to their popularity in the first place, and back toward the minivan styling that everyone loves to hate. They're actually starting to resemble bullet trains. I hope this trend doesn't continue much longer.
All they have been for past 30 years plus is lifted station wagons. They offer increased utility, decreased handling, and decreased mpg..
SUV sales increases are being driven by young single women according to several recent news reports.
The only one that is truly geared to off road that is popular is Jeep Wrangler. FCA can't build em fast enough. And the pricing for used is very high.
It's interesting that both Ford and GM sell body on frame SUV outside of USA that they don't offer here. Everest and Trailblazer.
I wonder if much of the SUV market will vanish with autonomous vehicles.
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top