All Photos by Randy Stern
Reality is setting in. Not a lot of us are liking it.
The headline that has been on auto-repeat for the past few years has been the proliferation of the SUV/Crossover. They have been ruling the new car lots becoming volume leaders above mere mortal sedans, coupes, hatchbacks, minivans, and wagons. Manufacturers are banking on these family vehicles by supplanting slow-selling sedans, etc. with SUV/Crossover models.
According to you, this is unacceptable. You want cars.
You are angry that Mitsubishi slapped the Eclipse name on a compact SUV/Crossover – a pretty good one, by the way. You are angry that the next Chevrolet Blazer will not be able to follow a Jeep Wrangler onto an off-road park.
The latest slap in the face of the car was a recent report by Automotive News that Ford will introduce their own “ruggedized wagon” that will compete with the Subaru Outback – and call it the Fusion. That’s OK, Ford is already paring down the Focus lineup to a single ruggedized model built in China positioned against Subaru’s Crosstrek. I know you’re angry about these issues, too! You’re cherished Focus ST and RS have been swept aside for an Active model.
Moreover, you are angry that you have to share the road with an SUV/Crossover because they are in your way from having a little fun.
I feel your anger. Continue reading