... and own a vehicle that can actually do something.
like haul around a smart car?
I dont' think smart cars are worth it either. However, I think the number of trucks in the US is absolutely ridiculous. I know so many people with trucks and SUVs, that never have the need to haul anything. I also know people who have nice big trucks, that won't haul anything because they don't want to risk scratching their truck loading/unloading something.
If you haul stuff regularly, by all means get a truck. My dad has one we use to haul motorcycles, pull boats, etc. Because he has one, I will NEVER need one. The once or twice a year I want to move something that won't fit in my car, I just borrow the truck from him.
Therefore, I think it is stupid to suggest getting a truck over a smart car. If someone is in the market for a smart, they probably aren't thinking they need to haul things, so why get a big gas guzzling vehicle? A better suggestion would be a small coupe. I have a '99 Cavalier that cost 7k years ago, and still drives fine, and gets 32mpg on road trips.
Couldn't disagree more.