Comment Of The Day: If Everything Is Sporty Nothing Is Edition

Photo: Ford
Photo: Ford

It seems like all automakers are throwing “sport” badges on the trunks of their cars, even if the cars navigate corners like Nimitz-Class carriers. Does that word “sport” even mean anything anymore?


Today, I reviewed the Ford Fusion Sport, which is a lot of “Ford Fusion” with a hint of “sport.” CalBearsFan99 wondered why Ford didn’t go with the SHO distinction instead of the over-used “sport” name:


PotbellyJoe and 42 others responded with his take on the “Sport” trim:

Sport is indeed dead.

As a gift for your service, CalBearsFan99 and PotbellyJoe and 42 others, you get this video of the sportiest, most athletic vehicle ever to wear the “sport” badge: The 1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport:

Just look at that thing navigate that slalom. No body roll whatsoever. There’s nothing sportier.


Sr. Tech Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from engineers—email me. Cars: Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94), Chrysler Voyager Diesel ('94)

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Congratulations, Mr. CalBearsFan99, Mr. PotbellyJoe and Mr. 42 others, on COTD! I would like to gift you with a Ford Focus RS which this lovely lady will deliver immediately because she’s such a good sport.