14th Mar 2010, 20:42
The comments above, concerning the SUV and FIT/Civic impacts are ridiculous, it is a possibility yes, but should everyone drive a Suburban to ensure not being injured in a crash, NOT.
The problem is with people who want to drive enormous vehicles that put others at risk, if all drove normal sized cars, this would not be a major issue.
Speaking of the Fit, it is a wonderfully built and designed car, a shame it only came to the US market in 2007.
15th Mar 2010, 16:44
I agree completely 20:42. I see no point in buying a huge V8 SUV at all. Back in the day, it was station wagons that moved people around, and most of them could carry 8 people. Most SUVs can only carry 3 people (one soccer mom and her two small children.)
You wouldn't be in danger of getting very seriously injured in a crash if SUVs weren't around. And don't try to bring up a headlong crash into a semi anybody, because your SUV won't keep you any more safe than a Fit in that scenario.
1st Apr 2010, 15:41
People buy SUVs because that's what they want. They see space and think they'll use it. Often they don't. For people that compare the size of small cars to the size of 18 wheelers is not logical, really. A car is driven by a person who was given, at most, a couple weeks of instruction. They are often driven haphazardly, creating safety problems. This applies to trucks and SUVs as well, with increasing safety problems as the size of the vehicle increases. 18 wheelers are driven by people who have to take at least a week of instruction. Their safety, on average, is better than the driver of a car. Individual experiences ignored, this means that people that buy small cars are thinking economically to get the most bang for their buck, and not necessarily ignoring safety.
P.S.: Small cars fit tall people. Small cars can accelerate. Small cars aren't bad to drive. Take a drive in one sometime. You'll find they have changed from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s penalty boxes social outcasts drove. Stereotypes, Hmph!