PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- With as much white-hot hate as U.S. drivers grew to hold for hulking sport utility vehicles and their ridiculously poor mileage, it's surprising to see the current incarnation of the SUV getting so much love.Total SUV sales are up 12.4% this year, according to MotorIntelligence, as the era of the crossover takes hold. By ditching the truck axles for car platforms, trimming fuel costs and giving U.S. drivers all of their space without all the added cost, the crossover won over a buyer base that the recession finally sent running from oversized SUVs.
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