Mr-914 wrote:The attraction to a vehicle like Nissan Xterra was clear to me. What's the attraction of the Nissan Murano?
As far as I can tell, it's a vehicle that's not as large and boxy as a minivan or SUV (and thus hard to control and park), but that keeps the enormous amount of space (fat) Americans are used to. As far as I can tell, the Crossover vehicle is the new average-size car in the USA. In India, a Toyota Corolla is a high-end, rather large car; in the states it's a very small econobox.
Americans are getting fatter, need more space, and won't tolerate the sort of automotive harshness they will in the rest of the world. Automatic sunroofs, heated seats and steering wheels, electromagnetic suspension -- outside of the first world it's basically unheard of.
For what it's worth, I'm glad that these crossovers are outselling SUVs. Gets some of the giant Navigators and Tahoes off the road. When they start outselling small sedans, I'll be concerned.