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[[caption-width-right:320:[[Music/HankWilliamsJr "Twelve yards long, two lanes wide,\\
sixty-five tons of American pride!\\
Canyonero! Canyonero!"]]]]

-> '''Homer:''' What kind of mileage does thing get?
-> '''[[TheAhnold Rainer Wolfcastle]]:''' 1 highway, 0 city.
-->-- '''''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''''

A gigantic sport-utility vehicle, built under the philosophy that BiggerIsBetter, basically making it the SpiritualSuccessor to [[TheFifties 1950s]] cars with giant tail-fins. Smaller cars, or at least their drivers, tremble in fear at its presence on the highway -- or maybe it's because the road itself is shaking under its weight. The name will be something bold, authoritative and often referring to freedom, power and the rugged wilderness, like "Crusader"[[note]][[GallowsHumor Well]], [[TheWarOnTerror a lot of Arabs are gonna get killed because of it]][[/note]], "Passport" or "Kilimanjaro". It's filled with all sorts of equipment to help it tow trailers, climb mountains, and get through the rain, snow, sleet, hail, mud, and whatever else Mother Nature can throw at it...

...very little of which will be used by 90% of the people who buy it. Instead, it will most likely serve as a mall crawler in {{suburbia}} (or a "[[FunWithAcronyms suburban utility vehicle]]"), shuttling tots to soccer games and groceries back to the house. Fuel economy will be measured in either the single digits or in gallons per mile. The driver will be either a very tiny woman CompensatingForSomething, [[MidlifeCrisisCar a man in his midlife crisis]] who is ''also'' CompensatingForSomething, a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Mexican]] [[TheCartel cartel boss]] looking for something huge, intimidating, and capable of seating lots of goons with lots of firepower, or a celebrity using it to flaunt his wealth (pro athletes, [[GlamRap rap musicians]], and [[TheAhnold action movie stars]] are the most common), in which case it will likely also be a PimpedOutCar. When it comes time for Junior to get his or her license, expect the kid to shudder at the thought of having to maneuver the thing.

The rough British equivalent of this trope is the "Chelsea tractor", which refers to huge [=4x4s=] (aka [=SUV=]s in America) that never leave the city and are owned by people who don't need the offroad capabilities. Among the vehicles stereotypically associated with this trope are Land Rovers (especially Range Rovers), Porsche Cayennes, BMW [=X5s=], and other [=4x4s=] of that ilk, luxury vehicles that, while smaller than the typical American example, make up for it with their focus on flashiness. Such people are often stereotyped as arrogant and [[CompensatingForSomething insecure]].

This is chiefly an American and British trope, as Europe and Japan's narrower roads, crowded city streets, and pricier gas make such vehicles uneconomical in those places. Likely to show up when a work is carrying a GreenAesop. Compare AbsurdlyLongLimousine, and God help you if the two are combined. The rough equivalent for smaller cars is the RiceBurner. Note that this trope isn't about large [=SUV=]s that are actually used for their intended "sport" and "utility" purposes, but rather, for when they are used as suburban status symbols.

Quickly becoming a DiscreditedTrope, as the one two punch of the late [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]] gas crisis and the [[TheNewTens 2010s]] economic crisis hit the SUV market hard, even in the United States. Even the TropeNamer Hummer brand was shut down in 2009. However, between the GrandfatherClause and the fact that the Hummer is still one of the most famous RealLife examples of this trope, HummerDinger will keep its old name until the site decides otherwise.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Suzuki once ran a series of ads for one of their smaller [=SUV=]s showing off all the things that drivers couldn't do in their competitors' larger vehicles (park in tight spots, be able to reach down to the ticket at the toll booth without getting out).
* Kia also ran an ad like this, showing the compact Sorento clearing off-road obstacles that much larger [=SUV=]s got stuck in.
* A PSA was once made comparing these giant [=SUV=]s to wild animals to educate owners of said vehicles to be careful when driving them.

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[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* A pimped out Hummer makes an appearance at "Sarge's SUV Boot Camp" at the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''. When ordered to drop and give Sarge twenty (miles), he complains of dirt getting in his rims, making it obvious that he's never been off road.
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' had the antagonist driving around in one, while simultaneously talking on her cell phone and drinking coffee. As RJ explains when he introduces the forest animals to suburbia, "Humans drive around in these because they are slowly losing their ability to walk."

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[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* The Treer Saltair in ''Film/SouthlandTales''. One [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P37CBLDHMgo (in)famous scene]] featured two of these vehicles [[UnusualEuphemism conjoining]].
* Lampooned in ''Film/RoboCop1987'' with an advert for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl8mQhxhE_Q the "6000 S.U.X."]] that's briefly seen on a TV screen. It's an enormous sedan that gets a whopping 8.2 mpg. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Concepts for the cars]] had it using a jet engine - an even more hilariously inefficient engine.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''TheZombieSurvivalGuide'', Max Brooks claims that [=SUV=]s would be AwesomeButImpractical in a survival situation, stating that most (but not all) of them are built more for suburbia than off-roading (referring to them as "gas-guzzling, aesthetically engineered, irresponsibly marketed vanity plates").

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* On ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'', the deputies got issued a Hummer and were ecstatic about it... until they encountered problem after problem due to its bulk and poor gas mileage.
* ''Series/TopGear'' frequently invokes this when talking about [=SUV=]s, especially ones like the [=BMW X5=] and the Range Rover. Oddly enough, Jeremy Clarkson actually ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1by7Ud-COc enjoyed]]'' the huge and unwieldy Hummer H2 for its charm, claiming that driving it made him feel like a seven-year-old boy and defending his love of it to Richard Hammond and James May, despite hating the H1 which is more capable off-road.
* The [[FanNickname Hummers of Justice]] that were Horatio and company's signature vehicles on ''{{CSI Miami}}''. (The other two use [=SUV=]s, but slightly smaller and less glaring than the Hummers: Chevy Tahoes and GMC Denalis on ''{{CSI}}'', and Chevy Avalanches on ''{{CSI NY}}''.)
* The Monstrosity of ''HowIMetYourMother'', which has 4000 horsepower and gets 0.05 miles to the gallon. It has a smaller variation, the Monstrosity Sport, which has 3999 horsepower and gets 0.06 MPG. "Mon-stro-si-ty, 'cause global warming isn't real!"

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiDJVNWfjdM "To Buy A Car"]] by Jel:
-->Now once a month pay half your rent to make sure your body's covered\\
Feel the freedom of the road, with suspension like no other\\
As long as we get paid you can drive it off a cliff\\
With your family and your dog inside, we don't give a shit
* The political satire group Capitol Steps had a song called "God Bless my SUV", which is exactly what it sounds like:
-->And I'm [[{{Eagleland}} proud to be an American]] who gets just 5 MPG\\
Though I live alone, the car I own could seat a hundred three\\
And I'll gladly park so close to you, when you pull out, you can't see\\
No I'll never trade my Escalade! God bless my SUV!

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ''FoxTrot'' had a storyline where Roger went to a "Humbler" dealership. Said vehicle turns out to be comically huge, have a gas mileage of 25 ''meters'' per gallon, and is hinted to be so heavy that it ''affects the orbit of the Sun''.
* ''Comic/OverTheHedge'' had a strip, later incorporated into [[WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge the movie]], in which Hammy asked how many humans can fit into a vehicle so huge. [[DeadpanSnarker RJ]]'s response: "One."

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[[folder: Stand UP Comedy ]]

* JeffDunham has a bit in ''Spark of Insanity'' about his family having two cars: A Hummer H1 and on the other end of the spectrum: A powder blue Prius.
* Hari Kondabolu has a bit about seeing someone with a hybrid Hummer and wondering why anyone would do that.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Featured several times in the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series.
** Parodied in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' with [[GTARadio radio ads]] for the "Maibatsu Monstrosity", an SUV that can seat 12 and cross rivers... "though I've only crossed a couple of puddles. But it's good to know it's there!"
** Within the games themselves, the Landstalker fills this role perfectly, complete with a tendency to roll over at the slightest provocation, particularly in the ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII III]]''-era games. It's no longer as easy to roll in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV]]'', but it remains slow and lumbering.
** Zig-zagged with the {{Patriot|icFervor}} in the ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV]]''-era games, which is specifically based on the Hummer [=H2=]. On one hand, the ''civilian'' version fits this trope perfectly, with a low speed, a large turning circle and a propensity for rolling over. However, [[LightningBruiser a faster, more agile version]] is used by [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction NOOSE]], the game's resident StateSec, and is a prime choice for one to use in the [[EmergencyServices Vigilante]] [[{{Sidequest}} missions]] due to its speed, mobility and resilience.
*** It's subverted even harder in the ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII III]]''-era games, where it was based on the ''original'' Hummer. There, it was also used as a military truck, and even the civilian version was one of the best off-road vehicles in the game.
** Lampshaded in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV]]'', which has a "Player Image" stat which summarizes the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin player's image]] based on the vehicles he rides around in the most. Having any of the game's four-wheel-drive SUV's as your favorite car will grant you the title of "Soccer Mom".
** ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV GTA V]]'' tears into this trope with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFVS2aN0AL8 Bravado Motors]], an [[PatrioticFervor all-American]] automaker that just got bailed out by the government... and went on to keep making the same gas-guzzling [=SUVs=] and muscle cars that put them in that situation in the first place, because that's the American Way.
-->"Together, we're holding onto the dream. And that dream is luxury, and a gas-guzzling luxury car, created in a nation that's 95% condemned. We haven't forgotten what America wants: a hunk of overpriced shit that goes fast and gets you vapid pussy."
* The ''SaintsRow'' games have a giant diesel pickup truck called the {{Compensat|ingForSomething}}or. A Hummer H1 Alpha expy called the Bulldog appears in ''Saints Row 2'' and ''3'' and is mostly drive in wealthy suburbia, though it is a very effective vehicle because of its durability.
* In the rather silly FMV game ''Corpse Killer'', your stereotypical Jamaican sidekick repeatedly informs you of his desire to buy a Hummer. One sidequest has the two of you looking for pirate treasure so he can buy one.
* Mentioned in ''ForzaMotorsport 4'''s [[TechnologyPorn Autovista]] mode, when [[TopGear Jeremy Clarkson]] talks about the Hummer H1 Alpha, describing how it can drive through 20 inch deep flooded roads perfectly fine, then noting that it is not something generally encountered on the way to the gym.
* Averted with the SUV's in ''TestDrive Unlimited 2'' where their whole purpose is for off-road racing that the Classic or Asphault classes struggle to grip dirt roads. Although via wrecks, you can find dedicated off-roaders such as a V8 buggy or a Lancia Stratos rally car.
* Averted for some reason in the MMO ''Drift City''. Early on in the storyline, you're given a mission to drive an SUV around a long winding, hilly section of road spanning around the perimeter of the starting city. The game claims that [=SUV=]s are better for climbing up the steep hills because they have more power. Truth is, any car can drive up a hill just as easily as any SUV due to the game's mechanics. [=SUV=]s themselves generally have a higher "Toughness" stat, which has a small impact (no pun intended) on how much damage you do to enemies when you collide into them. How often you need to refuel your car depends on the tier of the car your driving, not the type, which means that [=SUV=]s last just as long as every other car in the same tier, only they don't drive nearly as fast. Also, all the cars in the game have their SerialNumbersFiledOff, unless they're from the Chrystler corporation or it's subsidaries Dodge and Jeep. For example, the "Comet" is a Mitsubishi Eclipse under a fictional name. One of the end-game [=SUV=]s is based off the Hummer H3, and actually is one of the most powerful vehicles in the game, even able to compete with other end-game cars.
* The ''[[{{Videogame/X}} X3: Terran Conflict]]'' mod, ''Xtended'', has the Mani luxury yacht, a very capable pocket warship with a withering amount of firepower and endurance. The ship's description then goes on to say how it's impractical, inefficient, and is used almost exclusively as a status symbol by wealthy [[PlanetTerra Terrans]]. True to the old Hummer, it gobbles up energy cells at a phenomenal rate when jumping between [[PortalNetwork jump gates]], and is cumbersome to handle when fighting enemies at close range.
* Bowser's car in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' manages to be this despite being a ''one-man convertible'', because Bowser himself is so big and because the car is weaponized.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* One half of the TropeNamer is a website (now dead) formerly run by the Sierra Club called "Hummer Dinger" that criticized these vehicles. It specifically focused on the Hummer [=H2=] (the other half of the TropeNamer), which it saw as the most {{egregious}} real-life example of this trope.
** Thankfully, it's [[https://web.archive.org/web/20091009160025/http://www.sierraclub.org/hummerdinger still accessible via the Web Archives]]. Given that the original site went offline around the same time as the Hummer was discontinued, it's quite possible that it was a case of "[[ButNowIMustGo our work here is done]]".
* ''VideoGame/{{Emogame}} 2'' featured a boss fight against Tim Allen driving one of these, complete with a [[WeaponizedCar mounted machine gun]] and an {{Eagleland}} Type 2 rant from Allen about how his truck and his lifestyle are worth more than the environment.
* In ''KevinAndKell'', one of these is driven by a ''flea''. It's lampshaded.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Parodied multiple times on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** The episodes "The Last Temptation of Krust" and "Marge Simpson in: 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'" feature the Canyonero. The truck's commercial jingle makes up the image caption. The latter episode centers around Homer purchasing one, but when he finds that his is an "F-series" model (which has a lipstick holders built in instead of lighters), he proceeds to give it to Marge, which causes her to develop some series [[DrivesLikeCrazy road rage]]. It's Marge's car in ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun''.
--->'''Lyrics:''' Can you name the truck with four wheel drive, smells like a steak and seats thirty-five. Canyonero!
** In another episode, [[TheAhnold Rainer Wolfcastle]] talks about his enormous Hummer with Homer, providing the page quote.
** The episode "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" has the Homer, a ridiculously garish, overpriced monstrosity built to Homer's... ''unique'' specifications, which winds up bankrupting his brother Herb's auto company. It's a parody of both this trope and of the Edsel, a notorious flop of an automobile from the late '50s.
* The second ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode with Desiree has Danny and Tucker drooling over giant Hummer-esque [=SUV=]s. [[SoapboxSadie Sam]] talks about how bad for the environment they are, and tries to egg Danny into destroying them. He denies her on the grounds that he's a hero. But Desiree hears the wish and turns them into literal Monster Trucks. Meanwhile, Tucker is completely enamored by the vehicle's [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny big shiny rims.]]
* Stan's big black SUV from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. One episode from 2010 even parodied the changing car market. Francine is telling the family to cut back on expenses because the economy has caused the family to lose all its savings in the market. Roger tells Francine that Stan spends over $400 a day fueling his SUV, and so Francine demands that Stan trade it in for a hybrid. Stan refuses because he's [[CompensatingForSomething "A big man who needs a big SUV so everyone will know how big he is"]]. The rest of the episode focuses on Stan trying to come up with the money to keep his SUV, only to end up deeper and deeper in debt.
* Subverted in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' where Hank is looking at trading in his old pickup truck for a new one. Hank, the old curmudgeon that he is, dismisses the flashy bells and whistles of his new truck as an example of this trope, only to find them incredibly useful when he has to save Bobby.
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