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Popular yet Uninspired Sedans- Blame CAFE

Posted by on April 5, 2013 in New Cars, Reviews - 1 Comment

chevrolet-corvette-stingray-1970If you were to take a stroll down memory lane and look at some of the classic cars that were created in the 60’s 70’s and even 80’s, you’d see a lot cars that were original, stylish and even funky. Most of the cars were trying to make a statement and earn buyers based on originality, personality and spunk. Take for example, the 1970 Corvette Stingray, a car that is simply exploding with style and originality that is still one of the most sought after cars in today’s world. Understandably, it is a Corvette and therefore there are expectations for the car to be stylish, but the level of attention to detail and style is unmatched in today’s world.

What happened to all of the beautiful cars and innovative style? CAFE happened. CAFE, or Corporate Average Fuel Economy forces auto makers to have a fleet average MPG of 54.5 MPG by year 2025, which by comparison to 2011’s average of around 22 MPG, is over 200% of an increase in average fuel economy. What it means to automakers is that less budget is going to be put into style, performance, handling and road feel, and far more budget will go into fuel economy. Don’t get us wrong, fuel economy is important and I totally dig cars that can be more economical, but the joys of driving will continue to diminish as focus on driving fun is less of a priority to automakers and government entities seeking an oil free economy.

So, what we are left with are cars that are uninspired, boring to drive, but sensible and efficient. Here are the two most popular, yet uninspired sedans on the market today:

#1 Toyota Camry

2011-toyota-camryAh, yes, the king of the mid sized sedans, the Toyota Camry. The Camry has been one of America’s favorite cars since introduction back in 1982, and as of May 2012, is the best selling car in North America. If you were to read that statistic and you somehow have not seen the Camry yet, you’d likely conjure up an image of a stylish, practical, roomy and affordable car, right? Well, the Camry is surely roomy, practice and somewhat affordable (Read overpriced), but stylish, it is not. If you compare the body style of the 2011 Camry compared with the all new 2012 Camry, you’d have to look a few times to find the differences. The evolution of the car is evident in only a few places, such as the front end and the sharper angles on the roof line and window line. The car is virtually unchanged, and there is almost nothing original or stylish about the car, when compared to the Hyundai Sonata, which can be described as practical, roomy, affordable and stylish.


#2 Honda Civic

2013-honda-civicThe Honda Civic has been one of America’s favorite small sedans for decades, and we are still scratching our fingers as to why. The car is positively lifeless and boring, yet people seem to purchase more and more of them. In fact, due to large sales and increased popularity, Honda has released a few more iterations of the Civic, all bragging high MPG numbers to entice more buyers to succumb to the boring reality of what automakers and the government are imposing on our individuality and style that we used to cherish. The Civic is practical and functional, and some may even enjoy driving it, but compared to some of the real gems in the class such as the Mini Cooper and the excellent Chevy Cruze, the Civic arrives like a senior at prom wearing jeans; classless.


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  1. Posted May 2, 2013 at 1:15 am

    […] used to have on the bottom of the priority list that has led to an evolution of cars toward the efficient, boring and uninspired. Some of the automakers that used to focus on performance and speed, such as Infiniti with the […]

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