• May 18, 2006

Despite all the carping about gasoline prices these days, sales of Cadillac's new Escalade and their ilk are boomin' louder than the gigawatt stereos they often house.

So says MSNBC, which points out that despite post-Katrina price shocks and media outlets trumpeting hybrids and new small car offerings, U.S. consumption of unleaded hooch is actually rising. In fact, fully one-in-four new cars sold in America houses a V8 engine under its hood. SUVs outpoint hybrid sales 23-1. The 'King of Bling,' Cadillac's Escalade saw its sales jump a whopping 127 percent last month.

So what gives?

While it appears that MSNBC is basing its assertions about the surprising resiliency of SUVs squarely on the load points of General Motors' massively improved GMT900 trucks, it has a point. For all of the hype surrounding the newer generation of crossover vehicles and more fuel efficient body-on-frame SUVs, conventional cars and wagons with smaller displacement engines remain significantly better when judged by a fuel gauge. And yet a good portion of American consumers won't touch them, despite their inherently superior driving dynamics and often greater cargo capacity.

So... has the death knell of the SUV been prematurely sounded? Is the American motoring lifestyle inextricably linked to large, high horsepower vehicles? Or are GM's revised full-sizers riding a wave soon to reach the shore? Have your say in 'Comments.'

[Sources: MSNBC.com; Skeptically.org]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      "- the simple production and transportation of your Prius from Japan to the US consumes more hydrocarbons that most 3rd world people use in their lifetime."

      Oh fuck, your right, we should just give up like the quitter you are.
      • 8 Years Ago
      88. Drive what you like, big SUV, small hybrid, whatever.

      But we're all missing the BIG point, the world as well as the US is consuming energy at an ever incr4easing pace, sooner or later it will get to the gag point for just about everyone.

      Then #90

      "It's a God Damn SUV people."

      #88 I see your point!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "And for all the people blasting America's oil usage on here, remember that you're posting here on a computer. Which uses electricity. So I guess it's only ok for YOU to waste energy doing something just because you enjoy it..."

      Not true, solar powered homes are getting big out here in Las Vegas, my next door neighbor did what I dream to do. He called up Nevada Power and requeted to disconnect his service. His solar homes provides plenty of power just like normal, including AC!!!! It's about 20,000 to do the solar conversion and I'm planning on doing it later this year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just remember that most of the people you see driving expensive SUVs can't really afford them, nor can they afford the McMansion, their wife's jewelry collection, or their children's braces. That's right, they're leveraged up to their eyeballs, and are a couple of payments from losing everything, all so they can look like they have money.

      The problem in this country isn't really big SUVs, it's people consuming more than they can afford to pay for themselves. Eventually, the bottom will fall out, and we'll be stuck bailing out the consumers and, more than likely, their creditors.

      I totally agree with that. Then it makes the rest of us pay higher interests.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hybrid cars are good for a around town trip or a campus car. But driving one everyday....NO WAY! If you have any need for safety or space you have to get a SUV or Minivan. That new Cadillac Escalade is the hottest truck out there! Wow that is a sweet ride. gas prices or not....that's the truck to buy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So...who's been affected by gas prices yet? I know I have. I've switched to biking/light rail and my beater focus once my weekly Tundra refills hit $80. I'm not SUPER rich, but I make a decent amount of money and $80/week definitely affects my spending habits.

      How much do people spend on gas for Sequoia/Tahoe/Expeditions? Has it changed your spending habits at all?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "No offense taken, Chizzle, but you essentially acused me of being a socialist before in this stream. So I was trying to say, look at these varied opinions that I truly hold.

      I cannot truly be described as a rightist, a leftist, a socialist, a capitalist or a centrist.

      Closest anyone might be able to describe me is a Constitutionalist, I guess, but most people really would not fathom the basics of what this description even involves, and it is only a partial description of my true opinions.

      I guess I'm "just me." But I also value good banter and good debate."

      I didn't mean to call a socialist, what I meant was your particular statement sounded like socalism. In order for me to call anyone anything I would have to know more about them. Anywho, I'm glad we can take debate without calling the other a liberal lefty or right wing extremist. I claim no party affliation by the way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "As I said, it's a strange world we live in when we think we have a free market and the Communists Chinese out free-market us."

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      Indeed it is. They don't have an anti-Capitalist social movement over there though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I find it hard not to laugh everytime I see someone driving a huge SUV. They impress nobody. You look like a fool. I'll bet you your $5.00 coffee that they never take those things off-road.

      One day, probobly when they're 75 or 80, they'll realize they can no longer climb into those beasts, and have a stair climber installed for them. Then God help us all.

      Stoneman
      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
      • 8 Years Ago
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      • 8 Years Ago
      It goes back to marketing, the target group that buys Escalade don't really care about gaz prices for two reasons: 1) it is a luxury car, so buyers are not price sensitive 2) escalade never ever had a great gas millege which means that people never heard about them.

      I think consumers don't adopt more economical vehicles, because there are too many messages: hybrids, E85, diesel, gaz, electric how do you choose from all that?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Well said, Ryan. But, what is freedom? And, of course, let us not forget that there is a difference between "freedom"

      -The closest state for true freedom would have to be Nevada.

      1.) You can smoke in your office legally (if your employer allows it)

      2.) You can smoke in daycares if it is allowed

      3.) Taxes are kept to an extreme minm

      4.) Lack of social programs=lack of bums.

      5.) Prostitution is legal in any county under a population of 250,000 (practically the entire state)

      6.) We vote to legalize pot this November, even though states rights don't mean shit in the USA.

      7.) Your FREE to drink a beer 24/7

      8.) No state income tax
      What does all of this equal?

      1.) The fastest growing state for 17 years
      2.) At LEAST 3 of the fastest growing cities in the USA are in Nevada
      3.) Virtually everything is nice and new
      4.) A huge state budget SURPLUS
      5.) Home of THE fastest growing city in the USA

      Trust me regarding the environment, what I save with my 4 cyl. I make up with my reverse osmosis water filter. (Uses 5gal of water to make 1gal of filtered water). What I think would be nice for SUV drivers, what you waste on gas, you could make up in lets say, eco-friendly cleaning products. This will strike a balance.
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