With Sedans Going Away, It May Be Time to Change the Default 'Car' Icon to Something Else

It’s pretty well known now that sedans—the once-default, three-box design for a passenger car—are rapidly falling out of favor, especially in America. While the ratio of sedans on American roads is diluting every day, the iconic sedan shape is still the default icon for the generic idea of “car” on most official and unofficial signage. Maybe it’s time for a change, to reflect reality a bit better? If so, what would that look like?

If we’re going by what people tend to be buying, then it’s looking like the default passenger vehicle icon should be some sort of large SUV or truck. We don’t have to like it, but we may as well accept it, and start incorporating this new reality into our street signs.

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With that in mind, I made some modified signs with the new, updated iconography to consider.

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A far better reflection of our giant SUV present and future. Local municipalities, I’ll be waiting by my phone for your call.

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Jason Torchinsky

Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus • Not-so-running: 1973 Reliant Scimitar, 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!)