QOTD: What New Vehicle Would You Picture Yourself In?
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.
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?
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.
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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- Bob65688581 Small by American standards, this car is just right for Europe, and probably China, although I don't really know, there. Upscale small cars don't exist in the US because Americans associate size and luxury, so it will have a tough time in the States... but again Europe is used to such cars. Audi has been making "small, upscale" since forever. As usual, Americans will miss an opportunity. I'll buy one, though!Contrary to your text, the EX30 has nothing whatsoever to do with the XC40 or C40, being built on a dedicated chassis.
- Tassos Chinese owned Vollvo-Geely must have the best PR department of all automakers. A TINY maker with only 0.5-0.8% market share in the US, it is in the news every day.I have lost count how many different models Volvo has, and it is shocking how FEW of each miserable one it sells in the US market.Approximately, it sells as many units (TOTAL) as is the total number of loser models it offers.
- ToolGuy Seems pretty reasonable to me. (Sorry)
- Luke42 When I moved from Virginia to Illinois, the lack of vehicle safety inspections was a big deal to me. I thought it would be a big change.However, nobody drives around in an unsafe car when they have the money to get their car fixed and driving safely.Also, Virginia's inspection regimine only meant that a car was safe to drive one day a year.Having lived with and without automotive safety inspections, my confusion is that they don't really matter that much.What does matter is preventing poverty in your state, and Illinois' generally pro-union political climate does more for automotive safety (by ensuring fair wages for tradespeople) than ticketing poor people for not having enough money to maintain their cars.
- ToolGuy When you are pulled over for speeding, whether you are given a ticket or not should depend on how attractive you are.Source: My sister 😉
>QOTD: What New Vehicle Would You Picture Yourself in? A: Jan. Next question?
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.