Surely Range Rovers are status vehicle and they should be at their price. They are not purchased for practical purposes just like nobody buys a Rolex for a precision time keeping.To be fair though, its true. Minivans aren't "cool" and they don't project any sort of status the way certain SUVs or much less so today sedans do. Thats just a fact. Doesn't mean you have to care about that, but its true.
The reasonably priced SUVs could project images of freedom and adventure 20 years ago, but not today when every soccer mom is bravely piloting her SUV to Costco.
No question about it! My argument is that the majority of the SUV owners never venture off the tarmac and have little desire to drive under adverse conditions. Furthermore, an AWD car or minivan are perfectly adequate under most "non adventure" circumstances. I owned an AWD Sienna, and it was quite capable in the snow. Ultimately, AWD turned out a useless feature, I attempted to drive in a snowstorm,once but had to turn back after a first hill, as the road was chocked with the cars and 2WD SUVs stuck on the bottom.There are different types of "utility". One type of utility is hauling people and stuff, a minivan excels at that. Another type of utility is being able to carry people and stuff over a variety of terrain and weather conditions to be able to get you and your family or group to remote places without paved roads comfortably.
Most of the SUVs became a lot more road oriented during the last decades because of the shifting demographics of their buyers. They have low profile highway tires, short travel suspension, no undercarriage protection, etc. A lot of them are sold in 2WD trims. At the same time, many try to retain the "tough" look, which is rather comical.
Sure, there are people who make a full use out of 4 Runner, who know when and how use low gear. and diff lock. There are also people who carry passengers and tow a boat or a heavy trailer, and they can certainly justify a truck based body-on-frame SUV. But most would be better served by a sedan or a minivan than with another grotesquely proportioned SUV.