QOTD: What's the Most Overpriced Non-luxury Vehicle in 2019?

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
qotd what s the most overpriced non luxury vehicle in 2019

Though much of the luxury vehicle segment is immune from the depressingly practical concept of “good value,” the less aspirational vehicles of the proletariat are not so fortunate.

Today we discuss overpriced non-luxury vehicles for sale in 2019.

We’re only concerned with brand new vehicles; those offered for the 2019 model year. Perhaps another day we can consider overpriced vehicles of the Seventies or Eighties and have a couple of time warp editions of this question.

Think about value, entry-level pricing, features and equipment, and quality for the money. How does your selection hold up against its competitors in the segment? Today’s suggestions should be lacking in some pretty key areas. I can tell you’re ready for an example.

Here it is, the Ford Ranger. This new (to North America) midsize truck starts at $24,000, and asks over $38,000 for a fully loaded example. All Rangers have the same 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, with varying levels of gingerbread on top. Adding options to the base model raises the stakes rather quickly, and you’ll spend over $28,000 for four-wheel drive in the smaller Super Cab style. For the price, the interior does not impress — which makes more sense when one considers the T6 Ranger has been on sale around the world since 2011. Talk around the TTAC Slack room regularly brings the Ranger to the surface as one of the worst values in the pickup segment. The comparative lack of incentives on the Ranger means it’s into full-size truck pricing pretty quickly. The rent is too damn high.

Let’s hear your selections for overpriced vehicles hailing from basic brands. Are any other new offerings priced like the Ranger?

[Images: VW, Ford]

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  • Bumpy ii Bumpy ii on Mar 06, 2019

    Lol that we got this war without a #EverythingTeslaMakes. The trolls must have slept in late today.

  • JohnTaurus JohnTaurus on Mar 13, 2019

    So, since the Ranger is priced very near the Toyota Tacoma, yet offers more power, capability and fuel mileage, its overpriced.

  • ChristianWimmer Sunak has apparently done this because his political party has lost so much support. Once the brainless masses flock to his political party again the trap will spring shut and bam - the ICE ban will be attempted to get pushed through even quicker.Honestly, Europe right now is a complete CR** HOLE thanks to the EU.Did anyone hear of the EU’s plans to make driving even more unattractive? A French Green Party politician introduced some really perverted ideas under the guise of “Vision Zero” (Zero deaths from driving in the EU) and of course the climate hysteria…1) If you just received your driver’s license you can not drive faster than 90 km/h - basically you’re stuck behind trucks on highways or can’t even overtake them on normal roads.2) If you are 60 years old, your license is only valid for 7 more years. If you are 70 years old, 5 years. If you’re 80 years old, 2 years. You are required to “renew” your license (and pay for it yourself) which will also determine if you are still fit to drive.3) The standard B driver’s license here allows you to drive vehicles up to 3.5 tons in weight. Under this idiotic proposal from that French nutjob, those 3.5 tons will decrease to 1.8 tons meaning that you can’t legally even drive a Tesla Model 3…
  • ToolGuy I blame Canada.
  • Syke This is one of those days when you come up with an article that I just live to comment on. I'm retired from (but still working at three half days a week - retirement was boring) Richmond Honda House, a Honda/Yamaha/Can-Am/Sea Doo dealership. No, I'm not a mechanic. I'm the guy who handles all the recall/warranty claims. Which between the three major brands, and a couple of small Asian brands is enough to keep me busy for about fourteen business hours split across Tuesday thru Thursday. Yes, the Spyders are reliable, but when they do break down they can be a nightmare due to you have to have a laptop plugged into one to do most kinds of service. First hint: You absolutely do not want to do massive aftermarket sound system upgrades to a Spyder. We've had nightmares with them in the past. I swear half our original customers back in the 2008-2010 period bought theirs to turn into a three-wheeled boom box, which would invariably cause voltage fluctuations in the electrical system, thus driving the various black boxes wonky and causing all sorts of problems.Those of you who decry computerization in modern automobiles will find that the Spyder is even more so. I've noticed that the Spyder has gotten a lot better since Bombardier dropped the original V-twin engine (same one that Aprilia used on their 1000's when they first came into the country) in favor of the current triple. Mechanical repairs to the drivetrain have definitely gone down.Used? The more recent models seem to have good reliability. No, not as good as the current Gold Wing, or any generation Gold Wing for that matter, but definitely within acceptable parameters. The older ones, especially the original 2008-2010 models, I'd recommend staying away from. How bad? During the 2008 recession, when motorcycle dealers were desperately hanging on, my office at Honda House was the single best cash flow for the company, totally because of warranty claims and recalls from the original models. Yes, Bombardier has gotten an awful lot better.Oh yeah, the company itself it decent to deal with on a business and support level. From my office, they're my favorite of the three, slightly ahead of Yamaha, and a night and day improvement over Honda. All you have to remember is that you're not dealing with Canadians, you're dealing with Quebecois. Yes, there's a difference, I was married to one for thirteen years.
  • Sgeffe How does this compare to something like the Polaris Slingshot?
  • Lou_BC I just don't like the C - pillar lines. The rear window doesn't flow with the roofline.