For a car nut like me, the perfect vehicle seems hard to find. I want a truck, sports car and economy car -- all rolled into one.
Big sport utility vehicles equal high gas usage (and expenditures) but offer strong, protective shells.
Small cars are gas-sippers with much less cost to drivers. but are sitting targets for large SUVs in crashes.
I'm in the middle, with what I guess would be considered a small mid-sized SUV ('06 Honda CR-V).
It's small enough that I can't see around larger trucks or SUVs at intersections -- and if I do battle with a Hummer I'll likely be the loser.
And sometimes I wish I'd bought a Chevy Tahoe, simply because the Honda's a little slow at times and has this irritating trait of occasionally briefly spinning its front tires at very low speeds coming from a dead stop if I'm going uphill or the wheels are turned -- and without a lead foot on the gas pedal. Supposedly it has something to do with the traction control system.
I traded for the Honda at a time when gas prices were expected to explode. They fell soon afterwards.
My perfect vehicle would handle like a sports car yet have a smooth, luxury car-type ride; go from 0-60 in, let's say, 6.0 seconds; get 25 MPG city; and go through creeks and boulders like the toughest Jeep.
Obviously my perfect vehicle doesn't exist.