QOTD: What Did You Learn?

qotd what did you learn

Tim Cain’s Thursday rundown of observations and conclusions about the automotive industry spanned the gamut, and yours truly couldn’t agree more with his view that extended cab pickups boast the most pleasing profile in the segment. Few things look odder to these eyes than a full-size crew cab with a 5.5-foot bed.

He’s bang-on about the Acura RDX, too.

Unlike that 30- or 40-something friend whose politics remain frozen in time from their first semester of college, the passage of years normally brings about an evolution of views. Things change — allegiances, likes, dislikes, and even guilty pleasures. Discoveries abound that alter how we think. Each calendar year brings about at least a few realizations about society, the world around us, and how we interact with it, and the same goes for something like the auto industry.

With 2019 nearly at an end, what have you learned this past year?

It needn’t be something technical; rather, your discovery is far more likely to be of a personal nature. Something about yourself. Maybe you really didn’t want a manual after all. Maybe — just maybe — you’ve discovered the pros of an automatic outweigh the cons in daily driving.

Perhaps your long-held dislike of nerdy electric vehicles and the green-tech fan club that surrounds them fell away when Ford introduced an electric crossover with a pony badge. Unlike this time last year, maybe you can now see yourself in one. Perhaps the looming EV surge has you more than ever planning to buy that budget classic you’ve always wanted, in the hopes that whatever future government comes into power will at least let you keep that one ICE vehicle. Seeing what Europe’s up to these days, it’s not a crazy thought.

It’s possible new model introductions over the past year generated newfound respect or admiration for an automaker you previously wrote off as something that would never find a home in your driveway. Just as easily, you may have fallen out of love with an automaker that made one too many poor product decisions.

So, B&B, as you relax with your meatless burgers and Bud Prohibition Brew, what thoughts stand out from 2019? What did you learn about the industry… or yourself?

[Image: General Motors]

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  • Cognoscenti Cognoscenti on Dec 23, 2019

    I learned that I really like to have more than one vehicle. I just love cars too much to accept only a single driving experience the whole year long. I love my primary car, yet I will still deliberately choose the wife's SUV or Grandma's old Accord regularly, just because I can.

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    • R Henry R Henry on Dec 26, 2019

      I suffered MMS for A LONG time (Multiple Motorcycle Syndrome (usually four at a time)). Becoming a father and NOT wanting some other guy raise my son was the only way I was able beat it. As for cars, a tight budget is the only way to beat it back, but (hopefully) such periods are only temporary!

  • HotPotato HotPotato on Dec 31, 2019

    I learned which kind of snow cables fits my car's wheels. I learned that they're horrifyingly expensive. I learned how to put them on. I learned that they'll fling themselves right back off again into the pines if your tires are spinning fast on ice. I learned that driving in winter suuuuuucks, and I don't begrudge people whatever people think they need to get through it: AWD, snow tires, chains, sand, salt, shovels, mini pickaxes, scrapers, brushes, magic spells, a one-way ticket to coastal California.

  • Syke Thanks, somehow I missed that.
  • 285exp I am quite sure that it is a complete coincidence that they have announced a $7k price increase the same week that the current administration has passed legislation extending the $7k tax credit that was set to expire. Yep, not at all related.
  • Syke Is it possible to switch the pure EV drive on and off? Given the wonderful throttle response of an EV, I could see the desirability of this for a serious off-roader. Run straight ICE to get to your off-roading site, switch over the EV drive during the off-road section, then back to ICE for the road trip back home.
  • ToolGuy Historical Perspective Moment:• First-gen Bronco debuted in MY1966• OJ Simpson Bronco chase was in 1994• 1966 to 1994 = 28 years• 1994 to now = 28 yearsFeel old yet?
  • Ronnie Schreiber From where is all that electricity needed to power an EV transportation system going to come? Ironically, the only EV evangelist that I know of who even mentions the fragile nature of our electrical grid is Elon Musk. None of the politicians pushing EVs go anywhere near it, well, unless they are advocating for unreliable renewables like wind and solar.