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Politically incorrect SUVs: Not about to go away

Gas prices... hah! Massive, chrome-encrusted American SUVs still have their fans.

Showing off: Then and now
Showing off: Then and now
In the late 1950s, big cars had big fins tipped in bright chrome. The fins served no purpose, of course, but they spoke of speed, spaceflight and progress. And you could see them from a about a block away.

These days, those looking for conspicuous chrome-plated consumption don't go for anything as pedestrian as a car. SUVs are where it's at.

While sales of other truck-based SUVs have been trailing off, large luxury SUVs like these have barely lost their stride. For customers who want an Escalade or a Navigator, there is no substitute. Both were redesigned for 2007, making them more attractive.

And, like a guest arriving late to the party, Chrysler introduced the Aspen SUV just this model year. Chrysler is not, and doesn't pretend to be, a luxury brand on par with Cadillac or even Lincoln. The Aspen is a lower-cost alternative to those other two.

The real race is between the Escalade and the Navigator.

The Aspen, which is in a different price class altogether, presents its own question. Does it come close enough to be worth buying?


Bling

Escalade

Escalade

Navigator

Navigator

Aspen

Aspen
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