"Clarkson organized a simple off-road SUV test for an Escalade, Hummer and a Range Rover. You can " The Hummer (atleast the H1) wasn't designed as an "SUV". It was designed for both terrain traversing and military capabilities, which includes towing, hauling, etc. For your round of the mill camping trip, I'm sure a RR is more desirable. Don't underlook the H1's many capabilities, which although non-military people may never actually take advantage of, are still very much a part of the vehicle. www.hummertricks.com I think large SUVs like Tahoes, Excursions, etc. are an embarassment but since you asked why people buy them I will give you an answer. Big US SUV's are for carrying lots of people and lots of crap comfortably. Simply put. R350's just don't cut it when you and 6 friends want to BBQ at the beach and bring your five surfboards with you. It's not that US engineering is bad, we just aren't implementing it well in our auto markets. If the US military stressed a need for a economical, affordable, well built, stylish, fast, and torquey car with a 2 ton payload, trust me, it would be made. The whole stylish thing is obviously a matter of opinion when you mentioned Lambos, Ferraris, etc. I do like Italian designs, but not all European cars have the same 'wow' effect. Maseratis, A.R., Bugattis, they are all nice cars, but thir badge doesn't ensure automatic aesthetic appeal. And you can't deny me that all Porches (even the SUV they made) look like they came out of the same batch. The Z06, Ford GT, S7, Viper, GT500, all are good looking cars in their own respect. It's all subjective. But do take into consideration the cost difference between any of these cars and their European competitors. The Ford GT is (according to numerous road tests and trusted magazines) almost neck to neck with the Ferrari Enzo in terms of all around performance, but for 1/6 the price. Compare that to the Z06 which is almost as fast as the Ford GT, and you have supercar performance at a proce of $80,000. There is no room for complaints when you just saved $400,000. Want a better interior? I think $400,000 covers the cost.