By on April 2, 2021

QOTD Question of the day

Jan, Toyota’s innocuous ad spokesperson, poses our question of the day (QOTD)  to picture yourself in a new Toyota. We’re asking, what new vehicle of any make would you picture yourself in? Assuming, of course, dealers still exist.

QOTD Question of the day

We cover dozens of brands from around the world and many hundreds of vehicles. Which would you consider buying? Are you in the market now, or will you be at any time this year?

QOTD Question of the day

There is no shortage of trucks and SUVs given their popularity and utility. There are also fewer subcompacts and sedans, and as we’ve noted, powertrain options have narrowed. Unless you’ve not been in the market for a new car in some time, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Reducing the number of variations makes it easier and more profitable to manufacture any vehicle. Compare that to Coca-Cola thinning out the number of brands and flavors they offer, and you begin to see it’s not only automakers who have reduced your choices.

QOTD Question of the day

Some versions disappear almost overnight. Honda dropped the Civic Coupe last year, without fanfare or much advance warning. With Coupe sales diving from 16 to six percent, and the Hatchback growing 24 percent, it was evident which model would be sticking around. U.S. automakers have largely abandoned sedans, while overseas they’ve said ‘not so fast’, and just renamed theirs as gran coupes.

Our QOTD is based on what you like as much as it is what you can afford. Kelley Blue Book reported that the average price for a vehicle in 2020 was $37,876, up $975 from 2019. In January 2021, KBB said the average was $40,857, more than five percent higher than last year. We see which way this is going, and we definitely feel the pain too. At this rate, when car lots are full of electric vehicles, what do you think the last cars or trucks with internal combustion engines will cost?

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42 Comments on “QOTD: What New Vehicle Would You Picture Yourself in?...”

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    In the real world, I’m busy picturing myself in a rebuilt house, which is going to take all my money for quite some time. Our 2019 Bolt and 2016 Highlander Hybrid should serve us ably for the next few years.

    If I weren’t paying for that, I’d probably roll the dice on a used Tesla Model S, from the brief period in 2016-early 2017 when the new entertainment system and the facelift were fitted but there were still some nice colors available. The Supercharger network has grown to the point where a 100 kWh Model S would be fully usable for our family road trips. Unfortunately a new Model S is out of the budget and a used Model S is leaps and bounds more attractive and practical than a new Model 3.

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      I’m looking at very lightly used Mazda 6 turbos. That very well might happen soonish. Going in the low 20s.

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        I’ve driven it – nice, but far from compelling. Personally, I’d just go with a new one without the turbo – the turbo model promises a lot and doesn’t really deliver. Better choices are out there at the Turbo’s price point.

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          Well I own a new 2019 6 turbo, and wonder what it is they don’t deliver — according to you.

          I chose it over the Accord, which didn’t suit me with its dud transmission arrangement and uncomfortable seats, as well as being too low slung. And the Camry was a joke inside, just bloody awful. The list price for my 6 turbo including freight was only US$27K new for my car, and the trade they gave me was fabuloso. Nice beast for the cash and has a low and midrange wallop that makes me grin, while being Buick-like on the highway. It goads the driver into driving well over the speed limit and wondering why everyone else wanders about in slow motion. The worst thing about it is the thick A-pillars which really restrict visibility at intersections. Coming up to two years, not a problem, not a rattle, but a rapacious dealer service dept, struggling to stay in business looking after reliable vehicles.

          Could not get myself to pay money for a German carriage. Nothing much out there interests me, as I have zero time for crossovers or H/K product, while Subaru has turned to mush.

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    Stanley Steamer

    Wow, that KBB average price is exactly what I paid for my new Ascent limited. Crazy! I feel even better about my purchase.

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    1. IS500. If I can get this for high $50K, it’s happening.

    *Insert gap*

    2. Charger 392 Daytona. Like the car but my quality experience with Dodge was not great.
    3. BMW M340i
    4. Cadillac CT5-V (the V6T one)
    5. Genesis G70 if they go over 400hp.
    6. Kia Stinger if they go over 400hp.
    7. Volvo S60 T8
    8. Audi S4

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    I don’t see myself spending dime one and notice the Jag XK has been gone since MY15 so…

    Jag F-Type.
    Chevy Corvette C7 (would need seat time in a C8 and they are back ordered anyway).
    Ford Mustang GT500.
    Tesla Model S (if I can get AWD I can disable).
    Lexus GS-F (last MY).

    90%+ of the market is pretty much the same thing over and over with varying levels of reliability and appliance look/feel. There used to be some difference in models but now they are all pretty much the same thing plus or minus a raised trunk and hatch.

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    In all seriousness, nothing. Between the safety nannies and the tracking, I think I am done with new. I have accepted no manuals, but the other stuff is too far gone.

    My wife is liking the Bronco

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      Steve Biro

      +10 Rboz! It’s been bad enough that two-door sporty coupes and manual transmissions have disappeared. But the nannies and the tracking have just put me off.

      I have a 2016 Subaru Forester which is a bit boring and, yes, I am stuck with the CVT. But it is blessedly free of driver assistance technology and doesn’t have a wireless modem anywhere on board. It’ll have to do for as long as it remains reliable.

      If the nasty electronics weren’t being rammed down our throats by automakers, I might be waiting for the next-gen Mazda 6 with the inline six. As for cars right now, the Hyundai Elantra N-Line is a possible option – if they leave out the nannies when you order it with a manual. They used to do that with the GT. Otherwise, no sale.

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    Mike Beranek

    Any vehicle that Jan is sitting in.

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    In fact, I’m in the market now and I can DEFINITELY see myself in one of these:
    1) VW GTI/Jetta GLI (I’d lean toward the GLI, and – hate away, kids – I’d opt for the 7-speed DCT, because it’s just beautifully executed, easier to drive quickly with, and provably faster than the manual version)
    2) Honda Accord Sport 2.0T. Damn nice piece.

    Otherwise, on to the realm of stuff I could swing but don’t want to spend the money on:
    1) Genesis G70
    2) Alfa Romeo Giulia (yes, yes, I know, but I’d lease one)
    3) Jeep Wrangler
    4) Mustang 5.0

    The rest would be dreamland stuff, but if I had a hundred large, I’d be in an Audi RS6 Avant or Lexus LC.

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    If I was going to buy something new it would have to replace something I already have, because I’m about out of room. And there’s nothing I currently own that I’m itching to get rid of.

    Not to mention I’m likely to have close to a new car’s price invested in fixing my K5 up over the next year or so.

    If I ended up buying something though, it would probably be a CT5 Blackwing or a TRX, either of which I could see being the last ever of their kind. Both are more than I’d like to spend but might be worth it for the unicorn status.

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    This year we’ll likely trade our 2014 Cayenne diesel for a new family car, either another Cayenne or a Defender 110 (V8 with 3 rows, if that combination is available). I want a 992 GT3 but won’t pay more than sticker, so likely won’t get one until well into 2022. Also I’m interested in seeing how the 2022 WRX STI looks and performs.

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    I only buy used vehicles, but the outlook is as follows:

    – Ford Ranger: to replace my ancient Dakota, maybe later this year or early next year.

    – C8 Z51 HTC: my C7 Z51 is paid off and I am in no rush, so this likely 4 years out.

    – Telsa Model 3? My wife wants one badly. There is nothing wrong with her current car (Infiniti Q60) other then the paint.

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    I can see myself in a Bentley Continental GT coupe, or perhaps a BMW M850i coupe. Note that the BMW is half the price of the Bentley.

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    We’ll probably get the wife a new car this year. We are waiting to see the Escape and Corsair Plug in Hybrids.

    For me it would be a F-150 Hybrid 4×4 of course in the Limited trim for the blue interior. The thing is I can’t really see my self using it as a daily driver so I’m not going to spend new truck money for something that only gets used 5-6,000 mi per year. The other interests like the Bronco fall into the same trap of not something I’d use drive enough to justify the price tag.

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    I’m toying with replacing both my 13-year-old Infiniti G37S coupe and my wife’s 8-year-old Focus SE 5-speed. So far, the only candidates are a Tesla Model 3 or Model S or a 2022 VW Golf R.

    Each of them has all wheel drive to get the power to the pavement. Tesla, for all its flaws, is the leader among BEVs in both range and performance. The Model S is substantially bigger than either the G37S or the Focus which is a disadvantage. The Model 3 is the size of the G37S but lacks the range of the Long Range Model S. The BEVs from Ford and GM are CUVs which I don’t want. The Golf R may be the best pick. Significantly quicker than the G37S but the same size as the Focus. A disadvantage to all of them is that we live 150 miles from a dealer. A bigger disadvantage is the nannies that interfere with, rather than assist, the driver. I’ll have to ask the sales people about turning that $#!% off.

    Fortunately, I don’t need to buy anything. The G37S and the Focus still have many miles and years left in them. I still enjoy driving them. They also have the advantage that they lack the $#!% I would want to turn off.

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      It sounds like we have similar situations. Thirteen years ago when you got the Infiniti G37S coupe, I got an Audi A5S coupe. Eight years ago when your wife got the Focus SE 5-speed, my wife got a Mini Cooper S 5-speed.

      I have my eye on the Audi e-Tron GT, not dissimilar to a Tesla Model S.

      But like you, I have no reason to actually trade in either of our cars, as they are working well and fun to drive.

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    My garage of the Platonic ideal would contain: (1) E46 330i sedan built by Honda to the reliability standards of Honda, and (2) US-legal brand-new 70-series Land Cruiser left-hand drive. Both with manual transmission.

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      I owned and still miss a manual first-generation Acura TSX, and it was closer to the E46 experience than you would think a front-drive, four-cylinder car could get. Honestly it was a near-perfect car in a lot of ways.

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    First of all, this is what I see myself in; not the reality of factoring in my lovely wife into the process, which is an inevitable part of the car buying decision. But if it were just me…

    If price is not an issue, I’m in a Genesis G70 (probably) or G80 (possibly). Would obviously want to drive each, but I’m guessing that the 70 would be my vehicle of choice.

    However, with price being an issue, I would more likely see myself in either a turbo Accord or Mazda6. I could also consider a Sonata N type if I decided I could live with the gaping maw grille.

    Of course, both of those visions are pleasant daydreams. My wife is part of the decision as well, and I’m glad she is. But the vision (and reality) changes to either a CX-5, new 2022 Tucson, or perhaps a Forester. Ah, the things you do for love…

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    Tesla Model 3. I am on the cusp of retirement and almost all of my 4 to 5K miles per year are around town. Size is about what I’m looking for. If I can stand using the crappy iPad screen instead of real buttons, I might buy this years. Price of the base model 3 is right around the national average new car price.

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      We just bought a used Model 3 ‘19 LR model. It’s pretty cool but nannies, oh man nannies. And the screen is sometime infuriating but getting more used to it. I recommend it. New or used…

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    For me, I’d love to try a big luxury sedan to see if they really are “all that”. So a Panamerica? Shooting brake? Still make those? Could a Superformance Daytona Coupe be considered a “new” car???

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      I still miss my Lexus LS460, although with the occasional need to carry bicycles, massive amounts of cooking equipment, and grandmothers, it wasn’t very practical for my current lifestyle. I’ll go back to a big luxury sedan the second it works for me again, and I still look longingly at listings for used late-build LS600hLs.

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    The car I can picture myself in is not made yet. I am looking for the future unveilings of new cars. May be even the manufacturer of this car does not exist yet.

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    It’s an awfully short list. My stocks are on the same cocaine bender as everyone else’s right now, the car dealerships are still taking these Zimbabwe dollars at close to face value even if the real property sellers know better, for once in my life I can have anything I want in the driveway and I look at what’s out there and the sad truth is that I don’t really want anything.

    SUVs are for women. Cars have been getting worse in most of the ways that matter to me for 15 years now and there’s too much traffic to enjoy one even if they weren’t. Trucks haven’t gotten any better than the 2016 I already have although they’ve for goddamn sure gotten 30% more expensive.

    I’ll buy that 392 Challenger this year and not drive it very much. If I wreck my F-150 I’ll buy another one, or maybe a Tundra if the new one is done by then and has body panels I can’t dent with my fingers. I love the idea of the new gas big blocks but GM puts theirs in trucks too ugly to drive and I need a solid front axle Super Duty like I need a hole in the head.

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    MRF 95 T-Bird

    I purchased a new 2028 Dodge Challenger GT awd a couple of years ago but here’s a few current models that I would currently consider.

    Sport sedan under $30k: VW Jetta GLI-either the manual or DCT.
    Sport sedan around 40k: Alfa Romeo Giulia- Quality issues notwithstanding it has brio.
    SUV: Jeep Wrangler 2 door in the Sport or Islander trim.
    Mid sized pickup: Ford Ranger-well until the new Dakota is introduced.
    Sports coupe: Ford Mustang Ecoboost premium or the BMW 2 series, the Bimmer being the closest thing to a modern era 2002 or 320i.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    I’d grab one of the last available Bullitts (in green of course), a Ram Laramie or F150 Lariat (must have sunroof available), and I’d wait for the Outback hybrid to come out for my daily driver.

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    I’m in line for an early 2nd MY C8 Z06 with one of the big Forum dealers. Hoping that’s a 2023, but time is running out.

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    Funky D

    I’m still a year or 2 off from the next car, but if I don’t replace Clifford the Big Red Avalanche anytime soon, I definitely see myself in a Dodge Challenger R/t Scat Pack or a Ford Mustang G/T convertible before they go the way of the dinosaurs.

    A 2000-mile drive in a Jeep Wrangler let me to conclude that as much as I like the Gladiator, it isn’t well suited to what I need.

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    I don’t like the new cars – too ugly and too much electronics. I plan on keeping my Grand Marquis I’ve owned for 16 years as long as possible, and we just inherited a 2000 Honda Accord from my Mother-in-law, so I’m staying out of the market as long as possible.

    My niece just graduated from engineering at Ohio State, and is starting at Ford in Dearborn in June (I have to be honest, I didn’t know Ford/GM/Chrysler still did engineering in the United States, let alone hire American citizens for the jobs).
    I asked her to find the secret room where they are keeping the discontinued Town Cars, and see if she can arrange for me to buy one. She just kind of looked at like I’m her “Crazy Uncle”.

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    bumpy ii

    Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback- you can get one with an actual clutch pedal.

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    The only new 4 wheeled vehicles I can see myself buying are a ZR2 Colorado diesel or a 7.3 Tremor. If Ford comes out with a Raptor Ranger then that might get added to the list.

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    It would probably be another 392 Challenger to replace my almost 3 year old one. I totally love it, and I’m starting to put money away to possibly grab one of the last ones of this generation before the new version appears, in case Stellantis screws it up, as I expect they will. An electric car is not practical for me, as I don’t see how, living in an apartment with outside parking, charging will be done. To be honest, so many cars and SUVs are totally ugly to me, and the Challenger is one of the few cars whose looks I actually like.

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    Turbo Is Black Magic

    I’m done buying new vehicles. I reached a point of enlightenment a few years ago and decided to do everything in my power to retire before I turn 40. Almost there!

    I do rather like my old reliable R32 Golf though…. will probably keep it literally forever.

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    I have a Miata RF grey with white interior supposedly in the pipeline. Not here yet. Mazda thinks black is the interior color everyone wants (as well as dark, dark exterior colors). Anything different is optional only on the top of the line GT. I hate black interiors. White leather it is. So equipped the RF GT is only about 8% more dollars than the base soft top model.
    Low volume models and picky color choice apparently leads to long wait times. I could have had red with black interior two months ago. At this time it looks to be three months for me. If the deal falls through, then it is second choice color, or shopping out of state. One just arrived 660 miles away in Omaha.

  • avatar

    Jan is hot and she gets people to the Toyota dealership. What a marketing campaign.

  • avatar

    >QOTD: What New Vehicle Would You Picture Yourself in?

    A: Jan.

    Next question?

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    GR Yaris in Europe.

    Honda Passport or 440i ‘vert for sensible cars in the US.

    For a big, capital C Commitment; in money and time and fiddling and maintenance and everything else: An Earth Cruiser.

    The Alpina B7 is probably the “best” car in the US, though….. As long as someone else maintains it, at least. And I suppose the Roma is the most gorgeous and glorious, even if it is short a Honda’s worth of cylinders. But in both cases, considering how good even less exotic cars are by now: Man, you must either care an awful lot, or absolutely not at all.

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