My, how you have grown.
[The idea for this post came to me last night when I was running errands. In the span of a light cycle, I saw two sets of Subaru triplets pass through the intersection, followed by a Tribeca on my tail. I couldn’t help but notice how big and ungainly they looked.]
When I was a kid, Subaru made small, practical, and largely innocuous cars. They were a little quirky and unique. They were utilitarian vehicles; you saw them delivering the mail, hauling kids to school – heck, even hauling lumber on occasion.
That was then; this is now. Something happened to Subaru several years ago. Subarus are no longer small.
What went wrong for Subaru? Like so many other cars, they’ve been afflicted with the bloat. You know the kind – I imagine many of us suffered bloat last weekend after the game was over. Unfortunately, model bloat in cars doesn’t go away after 12 hours.
Subaru must see some benefit in making cars bigger, because they keeping making them, and I see them everywhere. I counted about a dozen Outbacks, Imprezas, Tribecas, Foresters, and Legacies in a 5-minute span while driving around the upper Eastside yesterday. Of the dozen, not one was a sedan – all were wagons or Tribecas. My wife got so tired of me pointing all the Subarus that I figured I should shut up and write a post about it. So I did.
Granted, model bloat affects all cars these days – I think specifically about Honda and how the Accord has seemingly grown in proportion to the girth of its passengers.
I leave you with this question – do you like the look of the new Subaru lineup? Do you think model bloat is such a bad thing? OK, that was two questions.