Ute debate: trend of traditional 4WD workhorses to overtake suburbs hit on reddit

A fierce debate has erupted over the popularity of hatchbacks and SUVs following the brutal sled that the once humble traditional vehicle has become a “status symbol for toxic norms”.

On reddit, a post by a user titled “The 4WD/ute trend is cringe” aimed at “pimps” quickly went viral, with most people agreeing that the trend has gone too far.

“The 4wd/ute trend that has crept in over the last 4 years is so awful,” wrote the aggrieved person.

A heated debate has erupted over the popularity of SUVs and SUVs after a brutal sled that turned the once humble traditional vehicle into a ‘status symbol for toxic norms’

While the reddit post said that car and SUV owners are understandable, many others drive hot versions for no other reason than to look the part

While the reddit post said that car and SUV owners are understandable, many others drive hot versions for no other reason than to look the part

The post attracted over 900 responses, with most people agreeing but saying the trend goes back 30 years.

Survey

Are there too many cars and SUVs in Australian cities?

  • Yes 113 votes
  • No 48 votes

The poster claims that many people drive SUVs and SUVs with expensive add-ons they don’t need because they “lack identity” and are so focused on image.

“There’s nothing wrong with owning a 4WD if you’re a tradesman, a camping guru… But that’s when we have normal people from the suburbs owning brand new 100k Ford Raptors, with upgrades… they cost so much to maintain.

‘What are you trying to achieve?’

The five most popular vehicles sold in Australia are Utes or SUVs, according to data released by Canstar in July.

In order, they were: Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson.

Utes and SUVs also account for eight of the 10 most popular cars sold in Australia (Isuzu D-Max pictured)

Utes and SUVs also account for eight of the 10 most popular cars sold in Australia (Isuzu D-Max pictured)

After purchase, many buyers who intend to use their vehicles off-road upgrade with the help of custom body builders (Mitsubishi Triton pictured)

After purchase, many buyers who intend to use their vehicles off-road upgrade with the help of custom body builders (Mitsubishi Triton pictured)

Utes and SUVs also account for eight of the top 10 most popular cars sold in Australia.

After purchase, many buyers who intend to use their vehicles off-road upgrade with the help of custom body builders.

Services do everything from fitting custom rims and fat tires to upgrading shocks and suspension systems.

The Toyota Hi-lux was the most popular new car in Australia in July 2022

The Toyota Hi-lux was the most popular new car in Australia in July 2022

A reddit debate questioned why so many non-professionals drive SUVs and 4WDs in Australian cities

A reddit debate questioned why so many non-professionals drive SUVs and 4WDs in Australian cities

“My favorite is watching them drive around with MaxTrax on so they can access them every time they get stuck on their way to school drop off,” one commenter replied.

MaxTrax is a vehicle recovery and extrication device that drivers can use to free their vehicle if it gets stuck in mud or sand.

On a subreddit in Australia, the user who started the thread claims that hot SUVs and utes are a status symbol for people who are “mindful of their image”.

Top 10 best selling cars in Australia

Top 10 Best Selling Cars in Australia – July 2022

1. Toyota HiLux

2. Ford Ranger

3. Toyota RAV4

4. Mazda CX-5

5. Hyundai Tucson

6. Toyota Corolla

7. Isuzu D-Max

8. Mitsubishi Triton

9. Kia Sportage

10. Hyundai i30

Source: Canstar/Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry (FCAI)

“The 4WD seems to have become a certain status symbol (especially for toxic norms) so much so that now the entire population seems to be competing against each other, where the fattest, noisiest, 4WD, makes the driver the most alpha” , I told you.

“He might have a total baboon behind the wheel, but people still think he’s cool because he owns the Seventy-Nine series.”

Series 79 is a type of Toyota Landcruiser.

Several commenters on the thread believe that the trend really started with the popularity of Range Rovers in the early 1990s.

“I first heard it used to refer to the Range Rover Vogue in 1992.”

One said it wasn’t just a guy thing.

“The 4WD was part of the suburban soccer mom image of the 90s.

“The term ‘Toorak tractor’ to mean a 4WD that never leaves town has been with us for at least 20 years,” said another.

“I think the new part is the import of American trucks, not the Australian ute style,” said one person.

Many people took it as a chance to talk proudly about their own SUVs.

“I own a 2002 Hilux that I’ve had for the last 18 years and I go camping and fishing a lot and just look at some of these Rangers, it’s like a competition to see how much crap you can cram on a car.”

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