Well, let's be honest. SUV's by nature are top-heavy vehicles. Top-heavy vehicles, by nature, have more of a rollover tendancy than vehicles that are not so top-heavy. I've always been an advocate of regular station wagons (which are unfortunately now extinct, save for the new Dodge Magnum and some high-priced European makes), and minivans for larger family transport. There really is no need for an SUV unless you plan to wheel it or go offroad. Unfortunately, too many people get SUV's (especially larger ones, like the Suburban or H2) to compensate for lack of size elsewhere, you do know that if you use a minivan to transport your family you've automatically got a small wang, right? I mean seriously, most SUV's are useless offroad, my 19-year-old Xj recently had to pull a friend's '03 explorer out of his own back yard where he got stuck in stuff my stock XJ easily handled. Unless it's a work truck or you wheel as a hobby, get a minivan or wagon. I'm not a fan of the XJ's road manners, it's slow, doesn't stop great, and feels top-heavy. Compare it to my old Volvo 945 turbo wagon on the pavement, and the XJ is a complete turd with lack of interior space and amenities to boot. I like going through mud as a hobby, so I get an XJ...admittedly I don't drive it in the summer months, that's what the Mustang's for.
So, don't get an SUV unless you're gonna use it. Too many soccer moms get SUV's. If you're not gonna leave the pavement, get a Dodge Caravan or a Volvo wagon. If you wanna go off-road, get an SUV...but drive it slow, in the right lane, and keep it under control. Don't mistake it for a car. Don't babble on your cell phone while driving (this applies to all vehicles, but SUV's give people too much confidence). Don't think that you can block the left lane doing 45 in a 50 and give me the finger when I honk the horn and flash the high beams at the same time because I wanna pass. Drive the SUV in the right lane, at or below the speed limit, and relize that traffic laws still apply to you...and get rid of that ****ing "I'm bigger, move over" mentality. Unfortunataly, modern SUV's only promote that thinking, especially in the modern woman driver.
Oh, if you think 4WD is necessary in the snow, get snow tires and get a 2WD more practical and safer vehicle. If you can't handle that, surrender your driver's license and walk. I don't think i've ever had to put my XJ into 4WD in the snow on a paved road.
Oh, and the so-called "cross-over" SUV's are complete crap. Get a truck or get a car, period.
If I flip my XJ, I certainly don't plan on suing DaimlerChrysler. I'll smack myself in the head and ask why I drove like a moron. It's not the vehicle manufacturer's fault if the driver doesn't know how to handle a car. In fact, I've got a warning printed clearly on the visor of my 1987 XJ, that the car may roll over if you drive like an idiot...it's pathetic that this should even have to be there. People buying such vehicles should know their limits.
OK, that's the end of my rant...I think...