In The Hood: Luxury SUVs

In The Hood: Luxury SUVs

I’ve come to learn that the mark of a good neighborhood is as follows:

1. Good schools.
2. Friendly neighbors with fluffy dogs named, in almost all cases, Molly.
3. Lemonade stands run by ten-year-old girls who believe that water with a lemon is, in fact, lemonade.
4. Only a small number of homeless people that root through your trash cans at night.
5. A high density of luxury SUVs.

As you can see in the photo, my neighborhood has no problem with number 5, and I promise the number of homeless people that root through my trash cans is reasonably low.

This photo was taken at my neighborhood country club, where luxury SUVs are about as common as disputes settled by a games of lawn bowling. I can’t explain the high concentration of Lexus GX, though it’s clearly an aberration as the most popular vehicle here is by far the Mercedes GL-Class. Both vehicles are wisely purchased by people who didn’t want a minivan, because eww! Gross! A minivan?

I don’t mean to wage war against SUVs here (I drive one, quite happily, because otherwise I wouldn’t be a true denizen of The Hood), but I felt this image was rather a compelling illustration of our motorized society in 2013. Especially In The Hood, where – let’s be honest – they can’t all be driving a Land Rover Defender 110.

5 Responses to “ “In The Hood: Luxury SUVs”

  1. Dave M. says:

    Doug – love your site!

    I think the XC90 is one of the world’s most beautiful cars. Too bad about the “bleed you to death” mechanical aspect….

    • Doug DeMuro says:

      I agree! (And so does my neighborhood!) Even 10 years after it came out, it still looks just as good as it did in 2003, and far better than most of the luxury SUVs out there.

  2. Aaron says:

    That Lexus GX is the one of the most pointless vehicle on the road in US, not by its capability, but by its owners. The only drivers I’ve seen in GX are middle aged women in mall parking lots or congested LA freeways/streets. I cry foul and pray for poor Prado’s soul every time I see one.

    • Doug DeMuro says:

      And the new one is so big and ponderous. Not that the original was exactly handsome. Very strange car bought by unusual people who could’ve had any number of other vehicles for similar money (including the Lexus RX, which drives thousands of times better).

  3. Will says:

    Notice the GIANT Florida Gator sticker on the Range Rover way off to the left. I see that thing around Intown Atlanta constantly, and I always wonder when some redneck from South Georgia will try to run it off the road.

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