Triumph of the SUV’s

Remember when an SUV — sport utility vehicle — was for sporty people who wanted a car that could carry their gear and go on rough roads to get them to sporty places?

People who wanted a luxury ride wouldn’t be caught dead in an SUV.

Now Jaguar has an SUV, base price 42K. To my astonishment, even Maserati has an SUV: the Levante, for which you’ll pay between 75K and 80K.

I used to think it was silly to see a Land Rover in the parking lot at the grocery store, since a Land Rover is what you’d take to drive across Africa. Now I’m going to be on the lookout for that gorgeous Maserati SUV anywhere and everywhere. I’d say the vibe isn’t exactly Seattle — more like Naples, Florida. But my next door neighbor in the parking garage where I live was a Porsche Macaan, so anything is possible.

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