In recent years we've seen -- what I'd like to call -- a paradigm shift in the automotive industry, specifically when it comes to sport-utility vehicles.
Years ago, SUVs were utilitarian, badass vehicles that weren't filled with luxurious appointments or fancy interiors.
They featured differentials, could go offroading and could be washed out with a hose.
While you can find several on the market that stick to that philosophical path, the overwhelming majority of SUVs have lost touch of that utilitarian vibe. Even the vehicles that started it all have succumbed to this shift.
Take, for example, the all-new Ford Explorer or Nissan Pathfinder.
Gone are the standard transmissions and diffs.
That said, we want to know:
Are SUVs getting too SOFT? Were manufacturers getting the equation out YEARS ago?