In 2016, Americans bought a record 17.55 million new cars. But while the good times are still here for automakers (though evidence suggests we’re ready for a fall), we’ve recently been thinking about the state of cars on our highways and byways. Namely, there are too many car models out there.
Don’t get us wrong; we’re all for variety on the roads. In fact, we’d like to see more variety. But with an insatiable appetite for crossovers and SUVs, automakers have been falling over themselves to sell as many as possible, resulting in a number of redundant models. And there are plenty of cars that just don’t make any sense. These are 10 models we could do without.
1. Nissan Murano
When it launched in 2003, the Murano was a vision of Nissan’s bold new 21st century design language. Today, the Murano is a midsize, five-seat crossover that starts at just under $30,000. It’s just like the Rogue, which Nissan can’t keep on the lots, and is almost four grand cheaper. And for about $2,000 more, you can jump up to the larger, seven-passenger Pathfinder. For years, the Murano got by on its unique styling. Now, it just feels redundant.
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