Originally Posted by keepclam
I think people buy 2WD SUVs/CUVs just to avoid the minivan stigma. Vans typically offer an even better ability to transport people and large items, and have a raised seating position.
You nailed it regarding Acura. If you're an automaker, that brings your luxury marquee downmarket, removing a bit of luster in the process.
(I like the Tesla for its looks, power and gee-whiz factor, but couldn't afford one. If I could, I could likely also afford a second vehicle for snow.)
I'm a bit excited about a hybrid Crosstrek because it may bring an affordable, efficient, capable CUV to market. In my neck of the woods I see Subarus and Prii (Priuses) comprising practically 50% of the vehicles parked at trailheads. Maybe with a hybrid Crosstrek there won't be so many Prii.
I think overall you are correct. I actually had an old minivan when I was younger (no kids) and it wasn't bad. We camped and slept in the back etc... you could just throw bikes in since there was no seats, but the MPG sucked of course and there is no clearance still. There are many roads that you don't need AWD, but you do need some clearance to get through without destroying your vehicle or nerves. I guess a person could put skid plates under their minivan