As a previous VX (Vehicross) owner, it really tickled me to see them comparing the SSR to the VX! The VX got a lot of attention, was fun to drive and never seemed all that wimpy performance wise to me, but the SSR is miles ahead of the VX in every way. As a more-or-less standard Chevy product, the SSR will never be the orphan that the VX was within a few years, and the fact that every dinky little town has a Chev dealer whereas the Isuzu dealers are few and far between, means you can travel just about anywhere in the SSR without worrying about a breakdown.
That points to another advantage of the SSR over a hotrod/streetrod. I would never consider driving any of those hybrid/custom made outfits 500 miles or more on a vacation trip for fear of a breakdown. The SSR on the other hand will do just fine and I won't worry a bit about something breaking.
I agree with the authors point of view from many perspectives. We did know what we were getting when we purchased our trucks and it was a personal decision to do so. How many times have we read on these forums the exact same criticisms about space, wind noise, cargo room? The fact is that we read them and can appreciate them from other owners, it is just a bitter pill to swallow from someone that has not written the check and earned the privilege
AMEN !!!! WE ALL PURCHASED OUR SSR TRUCKS KNOWING THEY WERE SPECIAL!! THEY ALSO HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS AND ARE WELL WORTH THE TROUBLE!!!! :angel KINDA LIKE A CLASSY WOMAN. THEY ARE HIGH MAINTAINENCE BABES :thumbs