In more than three decades on the job, Scott Adams has never seen his Jeep showroom as busy as it's been this summer.
"We can't keep Jeeps in stock," said Adams, who owns two auto dealerships outside of Kansas City, Missouri. "Once we get 'em, we sell 'em almost immediately."
Welcome to the renaissance of America's love affair with sport utility vehicles. These big vehicles that were blasted during the recession as gas-guzzling behemoths are now the hottest movers in showrooms. In fact, demand for SUVs, crossover utility vehicles and pickups is so strong, trucks are now outselling cars in the U.S.
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"I'm not surprised SUVs and crossovers are so popular right now," said John Krafcik, president of TrueCar.com. "People love these vehicles because they want more space, they like to sit higher and SUVs and crossovers get far better mileage than they did in the past."