Earlier this week, The Washington Post published a long analysis exploring why we've become a truck nation.
The piece hits on all the reasons -- automakers play with the definition of what a truck is for cost reasons, trucks are more profitable, fuel economy has improved, consumer tastes have shifted, et cetera -- for why trucks, SUVs, and crossovers are now more popular than sedans and station wagons.
It's an interesting read, though none of it will be news to industry observers. It got me thinking -- how does our beloved B and B fit in?
Do you guys buy trucks/crossovers/SUVs for the same reasons so many people do -- ride height, utility, safety, et cetera -- or do you lot, considering yourselves car enthusiasts, keep the sedan/hatch/wagon flame alive?
Finally, a bonus QOTD -- given what we know about the industry, and what the Post details in its analysis, do you think we're stuck in a crossover world forever? Or do you think tastes will change and sedans will once again rule the roost?
Sound off below.
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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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