The sedan and the wagon have been taking a beating over the years. In a past that’s honestly not too distant, sedans were plentiful and a lot of them have sporty variants with manual transmissions. The car buff magazines even had multi-sedan shootouts. Sadly, those days appear to be limited as more brands cut sedans and wagons for jacked-up crossovers. Even Volvo, famous for its wagons, has made some cuts.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with a crossover. I have more than once considered adding a Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport VR6 to my fleet, then backed down because I don’t like car payments. I’d also rock a first-generation Tiguan. But there’s still a place in this world for a low-slung sedan or wagon. Today, Tyler Anderson wrote about how the Honda Accord could be collectible one day. A comment by Robert Stanley McLaughlin resonated with me:
Sedans are awesome. You feel like a slick fighter pilot among bombers. Loops and exit ramps are a lot of fun against suvs, cuvs, and trucknutz. Admittedly, I also have an outback so I’m full of it.
Sedans and wagons are a nice compromise between the practicality of a larger vehicle while also still being able to be sporty like a smaller vehicle. I agree with Robert up there, it’s deeply satisfying to take a sedan around a cloverleaf junction, punch the throttle at the apex, and zip right onto the highway. Add a nice and engaging transmission and that pilot feeling is only amplified. Thankfully, it does seem sedans are getting a stay of execution thanks to hybrids and EVs, but there are still fewer of those experiences out there.
For another COTD, we have Óscar Morales Vivó, who perfectly describes David’s impossible wrenching adventures that somehow always work out in the end:
David Tracy’s life is like a shonen fight anime but with wrenching challenges. Every season a new, more bizarrely powerful/rusted out/derelict adversary shows up, every season the Protagonist defeats it through a strong will and the power of friendship just in time for the season finale.
The only real difference is that the speech about the power of friendship shows up in article form, on the Internet, after the inevitable victory instead of filling up half the episode leading to the final attack.
Finally, I want to give a COTD award to Sally, Jason’s other half. Throughout David’s wrenching adventure he was convinced the $500 Toyota Sienna was a total waste of time. Understandably, Sally and Jason didn’t need another junker and David’s description of the Sienna wasn’t doing any favors. Yet, the adventure still had a good ending:
Sally immediately liked it! “Oh yeah, this thing is great!” she said. “You said it was a junker. No no, it just needs a little bit of love. It’s got tons of potential!”
Have a great evening, everyone!