The reason why it seems there are a lot of SUVs out on the road is that there is.

I don't remember when the American SUV craze came to be, but I do have memories from when it was happening.

Remember in the 70s and 80s when we had vehicles like the Ford Broncos, Jeeps, and the International Scout? In those days SUV's were for people who wanted to get off the road and go four-wheeling. Nowadays, my guess is most people driving SUVs have never been four-wheeling in their lives.

Improvements to SUVs have grown the market, as they have become much more user-friendly, economical, and practical. It's not surprising when I asked our Facebook fans what type of vehicle they prefer, a majority said SUV.

In my unofficial poll, 53% of respondents said if they were buying a new vehicle, they would buy an SUV.

37% preferred a truck, and 10% said they would be happy with a car.

Nowadays, SUVs come in all sizes. Regardless of the size of your family or what you intend to use it for, there's a vehicle that will suit you. It feels like once you go to an SUV you never go back to a regular car.

The popularity of trucks has surged as well. It's not just a "man" thing.

In my poll, 76% of those preferring a truck were women. You see a lot of trucks driving down Patterson and North Avenue and a lot of times it's a woman behind the wheel.

We did hear from some who still prefer a car, and Janis makes a good point. Parking is the one thing I don't like about my truck especially in tight places. It can be a real challenge.

Holly also makes a great point as well. It doesn't really matter what you drive as long as it's dependable and can get you over the mountains.

Next time you're out driving around Grand Junction, take note of what types of vehicles. My guess is you're likely to see more SUVs than anything else. It's indicative of the world we live in.

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