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What We've Gained . . and Lost Along the Way

• Eric Peters Autos

It becomes harder to make a case for more expensive things.

Why buy a $40,000 car when the only meaningful difference between it and the $25,000 car is the price? For that matter, why buy the $25,000 car when the only meaningful difference between it and the $15,000 car is . . . the price?

Similarly, performance – also a given thing. It was once considered very impressive for a car to capable of reaching 60 MPH in six seconds – or to be able to exceed 130 MPH – and to get to that level you generally had to buy a high-performance car, which made such capability exclusive to high-performance cars. Which made them something special – fantastic, even. Alluring and awesome as much by what they could do as by the fact that they were largely out of reach. Like the best-looking girl in your high school class. You could look – and imagine – but only a few would ever get to experience.

It is now common for family crossovers to get to 60 in about six seconds – and some family sedans get their faster.


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