Why are some off-road SUVs ugly? Blame the Feds

Your Lexus will likely be a farm truck. So do your Bronco, 4Runner, Suburban Z71 or G-Wagon and other off-road SUVs.

why? The feds classify things differently from you and me. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration classifies some vehicles as passenger vehicles, and others as non-off-road passenger vehicles. This makes sense because most of us don’t use a Jeep Wrangler like John Deere. But this strange federal rule has created an entire class of SUVs that aren’t actually classified as passenger vehicles — and some look weird because of that.

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