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Motor Trend SUV of the Year - a trend?

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The Bolt has been perfect for our daily local needs.

However, one of us believes we also need an SUV with AWD, possibly a PHEV. To that end, I've followed the Motor Trend SUV of the Year for 2022 and 2023.

In 2022, they chose the Genesis GV70 and for 2023 the Hyundai Ioniq 5. In my limited experience, both are highly styled excellent daily drivers, but neither has any pretensions toward sport-utility-off-road use.

Truth is, this is what the majority of buyers will actually use, but many SUVs have been forced to carry several thousand dollars and hundreds of pounds of off-road capability few really need.

In reading discussions with engineers of the Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga, Range Rover, Jeep, et al, they all say they could make a better, more practical, less expensive vehicle if it were not for the marketing department insisting it have serious off-road chops.

Now, agree, Motor Trend, as with Consumer Reports, is not an unbiased source. However, just as the Honda Ridgeline/Ford Maverick is the pickup most really will use, isn't MT telling us the tall two-box is all the SUV most of us need?

jack vines, who's prepared to say an AWD Bolt would be the answer to northern tier needs.
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I drove Jeeps (4WD) for a number of years after growing up with RWD vehicles. That was great in Michigan's snow! Then, when the first gas crunch hit in the early '70's, I switched to FWD, starting with a Honda 600 Sedan. I found FWD nearly as good as 4WD, as others have noted above. Actually, I've managed winters with FWD and have never used snow/winter tires on any of them. That's over the past 40 years or so. Yes, 4WD/AWD is nice, but certainly not necessary for most. If I had a steep driveway maybe, but our area is pretty flat.
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