The vehicle above is a Nissan Kicks. It’s not a very exciting car. It doesn’t have mind-bending horsepower. It’s got a CVT, and all the non-enjoyment that entails. The interior isn’t especially inspiring and it’s not really all that much to look at. But is it a bad car? Hell no.
As we compile our year end, low-hanging fruit content splurges like The Biggest Letdowns We Drove in 2018, the indisputable goodness of new cars has been on my mind a lot. It’s now much harder to point out the worst cars than the best cars because even the most boring new cars are safer, more efficient, better built and more powerful than any previous point in history.
It’s a really recent phenomenon. I’ve been working at this fine website since 2012 now, and I can tell you this wasn’t the case even five years ago. It used to be a lot easier to point out the garbage machines I drove every year than it is now.
But in exchange, except for the incredible but ever-shrinking market of performance cars, most new vehicles are just boring. They drive the same. They sound the same, handle the same. Quality has spread across the board but so has standardization.
I’m not the only one who’s noticed this. Take hoser68:
This is why, as Jalopnik moves into 2019, we’ll be putting more emphasis on car culture itself—events, mods, builds, racing and more—than on the latest new cars. We won’t forsake reviews, of course, but I’ve never been more certain that the truly interesting stories will be found with the wonderful humans actually doing things in cars.
Now get off my lawn!