The Daily Iron- A case for boring modern cars

I have grown up around classic car shows and the automobile world for most of my life. At every event, you will hear someone say, "They don't make cars like this anymore. Today's cars lack personality." 

"Cars look like personal shavers."

"They're made for soft people (As opposed to the rock people who came before)."

I love classic cars (Which now includes cars from the 1980's and 90's) because they look cool, but that's because automakers could only make cars that looked cool. They had cool features in them and looked cool, but bottom line, if you got into one, you were probably going to die in it if an accident occurred. Anything made from the late 60's and early 70's moving forward will probably let you live, but go further back, and you really should think about getting on a motorcycle because death is coming at you at the same rate.

Besides the gas crisis in the 70's that forced U.S. automakers to make cars that were more fuel efficient (Instead of 10MPG they pushed into the mid 15's), there were studies being done that showed how car designs were killing people in accidents. Due to these reports, automakers had to start changing their designs so that people wouldn't die as horribly or as often when operating a car. 

Making a car safer while going through a terrible economy didn't add up well for most automotive makers, which is why we got cars like the Ford Pinto (The most infamous from that time).

 Which is sad because it was a good car until you hit it from the rear and it blew up. Then Ford tried to bury that information and sent out an internal memo that calculated how much a human life is worth and that equation did not add up to the cost of fixing the Pinto's problem.

Which is sad because it was a good car until you hit it from the rear and it blew up. Then Ford tried to bury that information and sent out an internal memo that calculated how much a human life is worth and that equation did not add up to the cost of fixing the Pinto's problem.

After decades of growing pains and terrible car designs, the average cars coming out today are better than those that have come before. Just by virtue of being safer, the cars made today are superior to the ones made before them. There are outliers to be sure, and I am not at all condemning old cars because I love them myself, but I am getting tired of hearing how much cars suck today. This statement is based on nothing but the point of view of the person saying it.

Safety is paramount when it comes to making a car because most of the people buying them will only be using them because they have to drive to work. They are not gearheads; they are not going to push the limits of their Toyota Corolla, so they shouldn't have to worry about dying when driving because a small group of people cannot stop harkening back to another era of car design.

No one likes the word 'safe' because it's boring. Volvo caught hell for years for being a 'boring' car company because they put safety front and center with their designs. This line of thought is dumb; you don't have to like safer cars but know that they aren't for you. They are made for someone who wants to go to and from work. To argue that these are inherently worse than a 1955 Chevy Bel Air is beyond stupid because people didn't have a choice in 1955 for a safer car because the answer was there was none (Here is evidence A).

The next time you feel inclined to call out someone for owning a 'boring' car, take a second and think maybe that person isn't you and that they have different needs than you do.