QOTD: Can the Mid-Size, Mid-Lux Sports Sedan Be Saved?
The Kia Stinger is dead. The Nissan Maxima is going to die after 2023. The Volkswagen Arteon oft seems to be forgotten. Is there hope for mid-size sport sedans (and four-door coupes) with front-wheel or all-wheel drive and priced between $45,000 and $60,000?
Maybe, maybe not. Right now it's a crossover world and we're just living in it. But tastes change. Maybe buyers will gravitate back toward this segment.
Or maybe it's really and truly a dead segment.
Certainly, the quality of the car doesn't seem to matter -- the Stinger is/was very, very good but that's not enough. Though Kia does sorta have a replacement, in a way, in the EV6 GT. Nissan could replace the Maxima with something upscale and EV, too -- we shall see.
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Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.
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