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poopshovel again
poopshovel again MegaDork
12/30/19 2:43 p.m.

And by "we," I mean the knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing masses...how hard would it be for every manufacturer to build something that at least LOOKS (not necessarily *performs*) like this?

If SUVs are the new thing, at least make them look slightly more aggressive and less "bubble car?" (Lookin at you, Honda.)

Tom_Spangler
Tom_Spangler GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
12/30/19 2:46 p.m.

I think I'd prefer a bubble to... whatever that is.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
12/30/19 2:49 p.m.
Tom_Spangler said:

I think I'd prefer a bubble to... whatever that is.

+1. Not a fan of this origami styling the Japanese have gotten into. I keep hoping it's a phase they'll grow out of. 

 

Besides, Pontiac already tried it and everyone hated it.

bigdaddylee82
bigdaddylee82 UltraDork
12/30/19 2:59 p.m.

There's a Honduh dealer near my house, I rarely pay it any mind, occasionally they'll have a used car from another manufacturer that catches my eye.

Yesterday I noticed the Honda Passport for the first time.  I didn't know what it was, I even commented to SWMBO that I actually like the look of the new Pilots, assuming that's what it was.

Until this thread, I hadn't bothered to look to see what it was.

I don't know anything about it, just caught my eye, specifically the pair of "stormtrooper" looking black and white ones they had.
 

FuzzWuzzy
FuzzWuzzy HalfDork
12/30/19 3:08 p.m.

All cars and SUVs for the most part look the same to me.

I kinda miss the wild styling the 80s and early 90s brought.

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito PowerDork
12/30/19 3:20 p.m.

Count me in the minority, but I like my wife's 2018 CX-5 way more than I should. It's only failing is that I wish it had about 125 more HP, but they did add a turbocharged model to the lineup in 2019 to help with that. It handles worlds better than other crossovers I've sampled, it's comfortable inside, and it has more road feel and feedback than a lot of sporty cars I've driven. It even sounds good. For a jellybean crossover, I think Mazda even did a good job with the styling.



It's like a poor man's Porsche Macan, sorta. 

poopshovel again
poopshovel again MegaDork
12/30/19 3:35 p.m.

Wow. Apparently I'm in the minority thinking Lamborghinis look cool. This does not look cool

IMHO, YMMV, ETC

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Raze
Raze UltraDork
12/30/19 3:39 p.m.

I read a funny article other day claiming cars don't make sense because SUVs and Crossovers out performed them.  I took issue until driving in the city in my pickup how fast everyone darted around in their CUVs, the article was written by a younger city dweller so it got me thinking about perspective.  They all look tragically the same, and in Atlanta there are 3 magic colors of cars, white, black, and grey, most CUVs come in the white flavor so I like to call them marshmallows.

On the flip side I drove my Camaro in town today and was the one doing the darting.

That being said, the Lambo, Maserati, Porsches, Bentley, all look 'better', but that's like saying they're the best worse looking. I think there's a lot of room to get crossovers looking good, proportions aren't great, they're neither sleek or bulging...give it time.

Patientzero
Patientzero GRM+ Memberand Reader
12/30/19 4:01 p.m.

In my humble yet worthless opinion the X5M was one of the best looking SUV's ever made.

 

With the 2 door Tahoe and Trailblazer SS in a two way tie for 2nd place.

Ranger50
Ranger50 UltimaDork
12/30/19 4:08 p.m.

I like my SUV's but I'd rather have a pickup.

rob_lewis
rob_lewis GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
12/30/19 4:11 p.m.

I wonder how much of the consitant look across all the CUV's have more to do with aerodynamics for fuel efficiency vs. styling?  It would make sense for your biggest sellers to be the most efficient and leave the styling cues to lower volume cars.

-Rob

Tom_Spangler
Tom_Spangler GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
12/30/19 4:18 p.m.
poopshovel again said:

Wow. Apparently I'm in the minority thinking Lamborghinis look cool. This does not look cool

Most of them do. But not that one.

Patientzero
Patientzero GRM+ Memberand Reader
12/30/19 4:24 p.m.

In reply to Ranger50 :

I think of an SUV as more of an alternative to a minivan or family car.  Unless you get into a Suburban the towing capacity of a truck can't be easily replaced by an SUV.  

ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory PowerDork
12/30/19 4:32 p.m.

In reply to Patientzero :

I share your taste!

 

ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory PowerDork
12/30/19 4:38 p.m.



Floating Doc
Floating Doc GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
12/30/19 4:46 p.m.

I think I'd like to see a styling trend towards a lower and longer roofline.

Perhaps, something like this:

Or this:

They could add some plastic to it to make the visual transition to this radical design easier.

Why, I'll bet they'd sell tens of them!

Now, get off my lawn!

 

Cotton
Cotton PowerDork
12/30/19 4:51 p.m.

In reply to poopshovel again :

I like the Lambo too.

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
12/30/19 4:55 p.m.
poopshovel again said:

And by "we," I mean the knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing masses...how hard would it be for every manufacturer to build something that at least LOOKS (not necessarily *performs*) like this?

If SUVs are the new thing, at least make them look slightly more aggressive and less "bubble car?" (Lookin at you, Honda.)

Somebody chopped a Dodge Caliber?

irish44j
irish44j MegaDork
12/30/19 5:16 p.m.

meh, I'll take my SUV boxy, so they can actually do things like carry stuff. Even my wife's pretty big CX-9 is pretty pathetic in its cargo space, like most of these crossovers and sloped-back SUv things. It does drive great, though. i'd have no trouble throwing it around in the woodland roads if i didn't know the 25 things my wife and kids didn't stow correctly woudln't come crashing onto the floor lol...

i don't see any point in owning an SUV if i can't haul big stuff in it (or if it has a low towing weight, or if it can't legitimately off-road). Wife got the CX-9 because she didn't like the Sequioa but wanted to stay sitting up high for some reason. 

I'm personally a bit biased toward boxy stuff though.

 

 

irish44j
irish44j MegaDork
12/30/19 5:18 p.m.
poopshovel again said:

And by "we," I mean the knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing masses...how hard would it be for every manufacturer to build something that at least LOOKS (not necessarily *performs*) like this?

If SUVs are the new thing, at least make them look slightly more aggressive and less "bubble car?" (Lookin at you, Honda.)

I don't even understand how that's considered an SUV or even a crossover. I mean, it's basically a sportwagon with giant wheels. I mean, i'd rock it because it's a Lambo and it prorbably drives awesome, but i don't really understand what its purpose it....

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
12/30/19 5:23 p.m.

What y'all lack is a bit of perspective... the designs being brought to the US are frankly tame and sedate...

example #1


 

edit: also, I found where Chevy got their new Silverado design inspiration from.

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr GRM+ Memberand UberDork
12/30/19 5:31 p.m.
irish44j said:
poopshovel again said:

And by "we," I mean the knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing masses...how hard would it be for every manufacturer to build something that at least LOOKS (not necessarily *performs*) like this?

If SUVs are the new thing, at least make them look slightly more aggressive and less "bubble car?" (Lookin at you, Honda.)

I don't even understand how that's considered an SUV or even a crossover. I mean, it's basically a sportwagon with giant wheels. I mean, i'd rock it because it's a Lambo and it prorbably drives awesome, but i don't really understand what its purpose it....

I think that's the point...  what is the point of 95% of the suvs on the road?  They can't tow, they can't do off-road, they are not made for any particular job and do most jobs worse than a minivan.  80% of them look identical.

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/30/19 6:34 p.m.
FuzzWuzzy said:

I kinda miss the wild styling the 80s and early 90s brought.

My father said the same thing about 70’s & 80’s cars. I think it’s just a generational thing, because I agree with you. Though I’ve also started liking full-size vans, large sedans, and brown/beige, just like my father did...

GCrites80s
GCrites80s Reader
12/30/19 6:42 p.m.

Most people buy what the car companies and sales staff want them to buy. Many of the best marketing people in the world work for automakers. Were Olds Cutlass Supremes really that good... I mean, I kinda like them since they're G-Bodies but were they better than an Accord for most people? Were late '70s Thunderbirds the best car on the market? Is there much love for '90s Explorers now? Those were the best sellers of their times and they were what the car companies wanted people to buy.

poopshovel again
poopshovel again MegaDork
12/30/19 6:44 p.m.
wvumtnbkr said:
irish44j said:
poopshovel again said:

And by "we," I mean the knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing masses...how hard would it be for every manufacturer to build something that at least LOOKS (not necessarily *performs*) like this?

If SUVs are the new thing, at least make them look slightly more aggressive and less "bubble car?" (Lookin at you, Honda.)

I don't even understand how that's considered an SUV or even a crossover. I mean, it's basically a sportwagon with giant wheels. I mean, i'd rock it because it's a Lambo and it prorbably drives awesome, but i don't really understand what its purpose it....

I think that's the point...  what is the point of 95% of the suvs on the road?  They can't tow, they can't do off-road, they are not made for any particular job and do most jobs worse than a minivan.  80% of them look identical.

This was definitely my point. But I guess the reason SUVs "CUVs" whatever the berkeley you want to call them sell so well is because 90% of people don't give a E36 M3 how a car looks or performs, at which point, it might as well look like a dishwasher or a tanning bed. 

Sorry. Forgot for a minute.

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