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Prove Me Wrong: SUVs Are the New Station Wagons and, Thus, Future Collectibles

Posted October 18, 2021 8:31 AM by dstrohl
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Millions of American kids grew up in the back of station wagons—big full-frame long-roof machines with tailgates designed for ease of loading and ample capacity for children and cargo. Years after the folks traded the wagon in for something newer, fresher, and better, station-wagon kids began pining for them. The ones attached to the memories of youth will always be the best—and the ones they’re willing to pay handsomely for.

The American SUV is the modern equivalent of the station wagon. I'm not talking about the unibody “soft roader” brigade, which is basically a compact hatchback on tippy-toes. When we say SUV, we mean full-frame machines such as Tahoes, Navigators, Toyota 4Runners, and the like. Their function and their status are the same. In the future (say, 30-odd years from now) they’re going to blow up.

SUVs are the meat of the market now, especially as car companies are abandoning passenger cars left, right, and center. Plenty are being built, but like station wagons before them, plenty more are being driven, used up, wrecked, and crushed. The ones that remain will, in time, become special. They will fill the future collector’s needs. It’s happened before, and it will happen again.

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10/18/2021 7:12 PM

..."It might not seem like door configuration is an important distinction, but among the differences between minivans and SUVs, the doors are not just an important distinction; they are the defining distinction. Minivans have rear doors that slide open. SUVs have rear doors that swing open."...

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10/18/2021 11:47 PM

When the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia first came out, I thought it was a minivan with rear doors that didn't slide. Next came the Buick Enclave, followed by the Chevy Traverse. All built on the same front wheel drive platform with three rows of seats. Just like a minivan, the new front drivers were packaged more efficiently than the true full frame SUV's like the Tahoe, Yukon and Escalade. They also drove like a car ... or minivan. I always felt that the body on frame construction of true SUV's would become a niche market for those who wanted a "big" SUV or a rugged off road vehicle. The rest of us only need a highway cruiser/soccer mom car, which is what crossovers and minivans are.

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10/18/2021 11:48 PM

Those car chassis based SUV's are really crossovers. A tall station wagon is what I think of them as. And we Americans love them!

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10/19/2021 2:19 PM

Speak for yourself Kemosabe.

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10/20/2021 2:28 AM

We've owned a few crossovers and most were pretty good:

Lexus RX 350 (two of them)

Honda Pilot (three of them)

Toyota Highlander (two of them)

Toyota RAV4

Honda CRV

Nissan Rogue (two of them)

Jeep Patriot

Dodge Journey

The Jeep and Dodge weren't very good vehicles. Surprisingly, the Rogues were pretty good and peppy, but build quality was so-so. The Lexus RX's were our favorites!

We've also owned some body on frame SUV's:

Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner

uhhh - that's it.

I actually like my 4Runners. Drives nice, has adequate power (the new one does), feels sturdy, has great build quality, lasts forever!, love the power rear window and it loves driving on dirt roads.

Cons: Terrible gas mileage (I didn't buy it to save gas), on the large side (the new one), sluggish (the old one), on the expensive side (the new one) and on the tall side (gotta climb up and in).

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10/20/2021 2:29 AM

I almost forgot about my ex's Infiniti QX4. Thirsty and sluggish, but nice and solid!

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What about a

Cadillac XT5?

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10/20/2021 4:03 PM

Those Caddy's depreciate a ton and when they're out of warranty, they can get expensive to fix. Also, it must be me, but I can't get comfortable in most Caddy seats. CTS, ATS, SRX - I'm okay in an Escalade. I like sitting up straight vs laid back. For instance, I love the seats in all of my Volvos.

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10/20/2021 2:39 PM

I never owned a 4Runner but I drove a diesel 4Runner in Afghanistan back in 2003. Nice driving truck and pretty much indestructible. They were like the Energizer bunny. Too bad you can't buy the diesel version here in the U.S. They weren't particularly fast but got good fuel mileage and were comfortable on third world roads.

This was the view out the windshield on the road between Kabul and Bagram air base.

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10/20/2021 4:05 PM

Wow, great picture! Beautiful!

Diesel 4Runner would be fantastic! Would like to see a diesel Tacoma too!

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10/18/2021 11:59 PM

I think the full frame SUV's are already collectibles. Think 1960's to 70's Ford Bronco, Chevy Blazer, GMC Jimmy, Dodge Ramcharger, Plymouth Trailduster, Jeep Wagoneer, Toyota Land Cruiser, Jeep/Willy's and IH Scout.

The ones I think will run next are the square body Tahoe/Yukon/Escalade, Ford Bronco II, Chevy Blazer and GMC Jimmy (S10), Jeep Cherokee (square body), Toyota 4Runner and even the original Ford Explorer (since most are in the junk yard). Maybe event the oddball Suzuki Samurai will be hot (it was in 1987 and most are in the junk yard).

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