While there’s plenty of jokes to be made about the styling and the people who drive them, underneath all they hokeyness there’s actually a genuinely brilliant car. I understand why their owners love them so much.
They’re hella practical, they drive better than any
car light truck in this class should, and they’re quite comfortable. The Cruiser is a good intemediate size, too, especially compared to what people are buying nowadays. It’s five inches lower and over a foot shorter than a Rogue while having roughly similar interior dinmensions. Plus, you can’t deny that that color-matched interior is stylish af.
While it has lots in common with today’s crossovers that have dropped all pretenses of truckness, I see them more as a revival of those tall early 90's wagons like the Civic Shuttle and Eagle Summit. They drive like a car and get car fuel economy but are flexible enough to be someone’s only vehicle. People tend to hold onto them until they go to car heaven and I get why.