Most large SUVs are worse than most smaller cars, have a look at the Euro NCAP data for the 2008 Ford Ranger http://www.euroncap.com/tests/ford_ranger_2008/342.aspx compared to smaller cars of similar age its score is somewhat appalling.
It is possible to get good digital TV reception at long range. I get a very good signal from a transmitter about 40 miles away, you just need the right combination of a decent grouped (not wideband) Yagi and an amplifier.
The same way I made a wireless arcade controller, by soldering leads directly onto a genuine controller and then connecting them up to the switches.
Prefers not to be sued? You realise that he is the editor of Private Eye don't you? One of the most sued publications in the UK.
They are only illegal when the conditions don't justify their use.
There are a few analogue joysticks of the type you are looking for here:
The best joysticks for this sort of gaming are the ones intended for use in proper arcade cabinets.