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2 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

Blame Toyota and Honda for the modern CUV.  They had no BOF platforms to make a lot of SUVs back in the 1990s so they went with a unibody crossover instead.  Blame Lexus for the first luxury crossover back in 1997 too.

They had BOF platforms---they were already making the 4Runner, Sequoia, and Land Cruiser.   But they realized they could make more car-like crossovers from unibody FWD car platforms that would be more appealing to women, and it ended being a means of printing money...

Jeep had the unibody SUVs long before that, but they were purpose-built RWD based platforms, not generic FWD sedan mediocrity. 

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Even Range Rovers are unibody now. 

Lexus just knew they could make more money on a jacked up Camry "Sport Utility" than if they did a wagon.

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