|Volkswagen Beetle TDI.|
|The 2014 Toyota 4Runner.|
Well, times change. That was written in the aftershocks of the 2008 crash, and while there has by no means been a complete recovery and gas prices are higher now (the Sacramento average for a gallon of regular as I write this is $4.11), the world has continued to spin and Americans have, as they always have, adapted, adjusted and bought as large as their credit scores would allow. In those intervening four years, I have driven an additional 200-plus new vehicles and, in the current landscape, the 4Runner no longer seems out of place.
Mind you, I still think Toyota is slicing the SUV spectrum mighty thin with RAV4, FJ, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia and Land Cruiser...but (apart from the FJ, which is in its last season) it seems to be working.
|The 2014 Lexus IS 350C.|
|The 2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0.|
Now, the 2015 Genesis 5.0 makes a case for the brand having done the same to Toyota's luxury division, Lexus.
|The 2015 Chrysler 200C.|
But this---this is what can happen when you have time, taste and money all devoted to building a new mid-size sedan.