QOTD: Far From the Maddening Crowd?
Protecting one’s individuality often means isolating yourself from the “in” crowd, sometimes at your own peril. Steering clear of fads. Giving short shrift to the dominant trends of the day. You author never went in for neon or Doc Martens back in Grade 5, despite all the cool kids wearing this incongruous attire combo. The jury’s still out on whether that was a good idea or not.
In the automotive sphere, buyers are making sure builders of SUVs and crossovers are well rewarded for their actions, scooping up boxy, high-riding family haulers like it’s going out of style. You’re not one of those people, are you?
You’d be forgiven for joining the hoard. Buying a crossover makes a great deal of sense for a great many buyers, but perhaps you’re holding out, desperate to retain a sense of individuality you can’t find in a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V.
Maybe you’re a contrarian, bound and determined to stand apart from your friends, family, and neighbors.
Crossovers and SUVs sit high on the list of the average American car shopper, and the continued growth of this segment means once-dominant people-movers like sedans, wagons, and minivans have become nonconformist. Remember when having a body covered in tattoos signalled your membership in a punk band or biker gang? It’s now the go-to look for thirtysomething dads, vegan bakery owners, and brewery shop employees. Going tatless is now akin to wearing a spiked mohawk.
If you’re got kids, will your next “family vehicle” purchase be something other than a crossover or SUV, simply for the sake of individuality?