Originally Posted by MiddleAgeSubie
Do not pass personal views as general consensus
The CUV is not a fad but a highly functional type of vehicle. You will have a much better case arguing that the SUV was a useless fad: unsafe, gas-guzzling behemoth used primarily around town.
As for the OB being a fad...seriously? Obviously you have no clue as to where it can go and think it is some sort of a CRV
Well, I guess my family is weird. My family uses SUVs and vans as work/ towing/ family hauling vehicles. Then we used wagons for commuting.
SUVs to us are Cherokees, which wind up lifted with mud tires. And we have a fullsized Ford Van for towing the travel trailer. This is all stuff that the CUVs can not do.
Name one thing that a CUV does better then a minivan. If you say MPG then the EU minivans need to be included since they are closer to the same size as most CUVs. The US minivans are almost up to the same size at full sized vans.
For that matter a wagon does 99% of what most CUV owners use them for. Example, the EU Fusion Wagon vs the Escape. The fusion gets better mpg (22/33mpg vs 22/30), more rear leg room, wider and longer cargo area, the Escape cargo area is taller, both are rated to tow the same, when Ford installs the tow packages (not available on the US Fusion but available ROW), the Fusion has a much lower COG, lower drag and better handling. I have yet to find one thing that the Escape does better then the Fusion wagon. Except that the Escape looks cutie, kind of like the Rav4 and the Beetle with the flow vase.
Now, the Highlander does tow more then the Sienna, but I suspect it is the tires that are dictating the tow/carrying capacity. (Toyota had to reduce the cargo capacity bc of the tire ratings.)
The OB is a very capable car. The AWD system is what makes it so capable. The tire size is what allows for the raised tow rating when compared to the Legacy.
Anyway, back the Gen5 discussion. I hope is it not covered in black or 2 toned plastic.