With the world going green and gas prices going up and down, SUVs are no longer as popular as they once were. However, I still love mine.
My first SUV was a 1986 Ford Bronco. It was cute and fun to drive. When it was time to get a new one, I opted for a 1991 Eddie Bauer Explorer with 4 doors. At first I didn't want 4 doors, but my husband talked me into it and I'm glad he did. I kept that one until 1999, when I bought yet another Eddie Bauer Explorer. I loved the first 3 so much that I stuck with what worked for me. Each had leather interior with comfortable seats (not luxury, but comfortable) and all the other features I wanted. Then in 2004, I bought my latest, a Ford Explorer Limited with 4 bucket seats instead of a bench seat in back. It was nearly impossible to find one that didn't already have a dvd player, but I perservered and found one. If I had to take it, I declared to my husband that once a week we would have date night in our garage, just to use the darn thing.
I've had great luck with each of these vehicles. None of them have had any major problems and have been extremely reliable. The only downside is the gas mileage, which is about 14 in the city and 21 highway. But, I don't drive every day, so even after this many years, it still has just over 17, 000 miles. I have a large dog with a huge carrier that fits perfectly in the back.
For me, the SUV is a necessity. I am a chicken when it comes to slick roads, which we get here many times each winter. I avoid driving then when I can, but when I can't, having 4-wheel drive is comforting to me. It's gotten me through places where a car would have been stuck. Other than gas mileage, this vehicle is perfect.