Gasoline prices are sky-high and mpg is in the pits, so let's take a look at how the SUV segment is faring.
The answer: not so great. But the situation is not as bad as September's sales figures would lead you to believe.
First of all, I'm talking about honest-to-goodness SUVs, those built on truck chassis. Let's eliminate the sport wagons. Some call them "crossovers." (I thought a crossover was a break in a divided highway that allowed you to turn and head in another direction.)
Sport wagons are the station wagons of the 21st century. They are built on car chassis. They look like cars, ride like cars and handle like cars. Remember the line, "If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck "?
I suspect that counting sport wagons as SUVs was dictated by manufacturers who wanted to ride the crest of the SUV wave. To me, they're cars. Unfortunately, I lack the clout to impose my beliefs on the industry.