or the fact that one car gets better gas mileage. It's not about being politically correct or about enviromentally correct. Otherwise we'd all be taking the bus/train/bike/feet. If I came off as too strong with the suv thing I apologize. Believing some article written by possibly some company/person with an ax to grind or trying to inflame readers is just very narrow in my point of view. The fact is most, if not all, of the figures given for who drives what and why is biased towards the authors point of view and usually will be. If you're not able to realize this and post info that is obviously biased towards your own point of view then you should expect some strong disagreement since the article makes a strong point for it's case and only it's case. I don't know of one suv owner(and their are 100's in Maine) that feel the need to defend why they bought their car and if you quote some silly poll stating such then it seems to me you're only trying to curry favor on this forum by appealing to such like minded people. The fact is these polls never ask enough people to get a true representation and if it seems like someone is defending their right to drive one then it's more than likely someone instigated the response with an inflammatory statement/question first to get the response they wanted.
I love my new mini. I don't care what others think about it. I don't care what they drive. When gas gets too expensive or the enviromentalists say we need to stop burning petrol NOW then it won't be just suv's that are taken off the road. It will be all gas engines. Including the mini.
If you post an inflammatory statement you should expect a reply in kind. I'll try and control my non-like minded views, but with Maine deep into winter and driving with the moonroof closed makes me cranky.
Happy Motoring(no matter what you drive)!