• Aug 10, 2010
The Sport Utility Vehicle is dead. Long live the Sport Utility Vehicle.

We all know by now that the SUV, considered the Official Car of the 1990s and early 00s, has mostly fallen out of favor. But that doesn't mean we should expect the large, body-on-frame behemoths – with the exception of impractical niche models like those from Hummer – to completely disappear from automaker showrooms any time soon.

Instead, the market may just right-size itself back to a more natural mix, with those users who really do need the off-road and towing capabilities of a proper SUV sticking with their 'utes and the rest of the population switching to crossovers. With that in mind, Automotive News reports that the redesigned GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe, due in 2013 or 2014, will likely stick to their truck-based roots. No surprise.

Nor should we be shocked by the revelation that the GMC Granite, which was first shown at the Detroit Auto Show early in 2010, is still in the works. In today's market conditions, an entirely truck-based lineup makes very little fiscal sense, but we'd imagine that General Motors' Lambda triplets will remain the automaker's volume sellers.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is this a surprise? Of course there is a need for some people to have a body-on-frame based full size SUV.

      That's not the problem.
      The problem comes when every pampered suburbanite housewife buys one to drive her spoiled kids to school and the mall.
        • 4 Years Ago
        5% of all SUVs leave the pavement. EVER. I would think the current crop of vehicles already produced should satisfy this 5%, it's not like SUV owners care about improving safety regulations or fuel economy; old models should work just fine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What a stupid argument. Sports cars have fantastic brakes, chassis, suspension, etc. When driven well, they are safer than normal cars due to their fantastic capabilities.

        SUVs are dangerous and wasteful.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gruv - I'm sure your all for a moratorium on sports cars too.

        Because you know, I'm sure only 1% of sport car owners ever actually use them at a track, etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gruv,
        You realize that a full size SUV doesn't need to travel off road in order to be "needed" right? For the family that needs to tow a boat, and haul 4-6 people, please show me a car that can do that? I pickup won't work, as you can't seat more than 5 tops in there, and a crossover would keel over towing more than a couple thousand pounds, and a car can't tow much at all. Therefore an BOF SUV is needed, even if it never goes off road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And as soon as you are in charge, you won't let that soccer mom buy one?

        Those soccer moms can buy what they want, even if their choice isn't what you think is correct.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ sulebon

        HUGE difference between sportscars and SUVs.

        First and foremost the shear number of SUVs on the road dwarfs the number of sportscars out there. And most true sportscars are rarely used for daily driving, something that can't be said for SUVs.

        Second of all, the very things that make SUVs good for offroad driving, such as their elevated height and road clearance, make them dangerous to other cars on the road. And let's not forget their thirst. Sportscars are quite the opposite - they tend to be lightweight and low to the ground and aerodynamic. When driven in a sane manner, that makes most of them rather fuel efficient (comparatively speaking), and safe.

        If there were as many SUVs out on our roads as there are sportscars, then no one would ever have a problem with them because they would be so rare.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Weegan: You mean they care more about things they never use than things that are applicable every day?

        You just said they care about offroading. AGAIN. 5% of them offroad, EVER. This has been proven again and again and again. They have a deathrate per 10k vehicles 3x higher than passenger cars. And they are 27x more likely to kill other drivers in accidents.

        So they obviously value things that they will basically never do, MORE than things that actually matter. Personally, if every SUV flipped over and killed it's occupants I have a feeling the average intelligence of the human race would quadruple.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let's just make all cars out of Nerf then.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gruv,

        Those that buy SUVs would certainly like a more fuel-efficient or safer SUV. However, those concerns are secondary to what people actually buy an SUV for, e.g. off-road ability, towing capacity, hauling capability, and versatility.

        The only SUV owners I can think of that would get angry to find out that their rig was safer and more efficient are a niche set of hardcore Wrangler drivers. Even then, most Wrangler drivers are smart enough to realize that if the company can make their vehicle more fuel efficient and safer, without sacrificing what makes a Wrangler what it is in the first place (simple, utilitarian, capable in any condition, rugged) than it should.

        There is no reason that SUV drivers that use their rigs for what they were intended for should be forced to drive around a fossil. If companies can make a comfortable 305-hp muscle car get 31 mpg, than I'm sure they can find a way to get better mileage and safety out of an SUV.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ the SUV haters

        Yeah! Just screw the people who need the towing, 4x4, and need to seat 6 people. And while we are at it why don't we get rid of sports cars and super cars. You can't use the speed on normal roads and only a fraction will ever be taken to the track.

        Sorry but SUV's are gonna be around as long as people continue to buy them and this will not change no matter how many stats you bring up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Astonishing. I mean, they nearly go the way of the dodo due to bankruptcy, but yet they still insist on body-on-frame behemoths.

      The Cruze had better be the greatest car ever. Ever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They do?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems to me that people buy big ass SUVs because they can afford them, but not realy need them.
      You can justify somebody buying such peace of metal if he lives in the forest with big family, otherwise it just a waist of money and metal and threat to safety of other drivers.. Ex-Big three pushed for loose safety and efficiency standards, because such SUV were big money makers.

      If you need big SUV once or twice a year - just rent it for the family trip, and go to shoping mall or for bag of groceries with a normal car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How I love these GM trucks..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, we don't know much on engines/mpg's yet - before everybody gets their undies in a twist maybe GM has cooked up a way to make these beasts more efficient. If there is a demand you can't blame them for offering to supply, but there is also a demand from consumers who want more efficient vehicles - here's hoping they can marry the two.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's to hoping I can get a new diesel Suburban/Yukon XL with this generation. While I love my '95, I would like to be able to get a new one within this lifetime.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Granite was left on the table? When did GM decide to use granite in their vehicles? Where was it supposed to go, around the nav system, on the shift knob? I imagine they would limit it to trim due to weight concerns.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Soccer moms and insecure guys everywhere rejoice!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally dude. We should all drive 8,000lb tanks to make up for our feelings of inadequacy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, three of the lowest-rated posters on Autoblog on a single post. That's interesting.

        Also, just because you are single and live in a small apartment with good access to public transportation, does not mean everyone else in the country is as well. In addition to towing, what if you have a farm or a ranch and need the ground clearance? Subaru wagons and European people movers with 2.0 L engines aren't up to the task.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You guys must be from the city, go to the country and your Prius or would never make it on a farm or last a winter. You should see all the small cars I see in the ditch and everytime I see that I'm thankful I'm drving an SUV!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ha, okay dude. When I was a ski instructor I'd drive my Subaru to the hill in unplowed roads, and pass all the SUVs stuck in the ditch. Know why? Because they think they're so awesome at driving, since they're in an SUV, but a car with SNOW TIRES provides more grip than an SUV with all seasons. You knew that though. They also have a high center of gravity, which also contributes to poor handling. You knew that too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now c'mon guys lets not fight. There's enough truth for everyone:)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hug people, Cut trees.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha! +1
      • 4 Years Ago
      Granite still on the table......

      Clever title!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing. I was about to post that granite was still on my kitchen counter too ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      how is it that some want to ban what they don't like. or ban something because they have no use for it?

      myself, i hate rap music and some hard rock. anyone want to help get them banned?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If your not driving an SUV, it sux to be you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, totally sucks to be able to carve corners, have a 0-60 of 6 seconds, and a top speed of over 150mph. Oh, and have a safety record 3x higher than SUVs, that sucks also. Oh, and it only costs like $40 to fill up. That sucks too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Freedom to drive whatever you like. Don't equate driving big @@s SUV as the most accomplished thing. Some choice is smart, some is just dumb!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes. In a SUV/Car accident, the driver of the car is 27 more likely to die... than if it were a car/car accident.

        That is exactly my point. You are POINTLESSLY endangering other people's lives purely because you aren't happy with the size of your wang.
        • 4 Years Ago

        I know your not smart enough to realize that you shouldn't be talking about how you regularly break the law.

        3x higher based on 85% more cars on the road than SUVs (including uni-body construction) means your 65% more likely to die in a wreck against an SUV. The facts are the facts, If an SUV was to crash into your car, you'd likely die. You need to wise up, stop breaking the law, and get an SUV.

        Since your so poverty stricken and can't afford to fill your clunker up, then why don't you just take public transit? You'd fit right in and only be killing the earth at a slightly higher rate than 80 cows or one SUV.
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