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A lot can happen in the span of eight years. An industrious student can get through medical school, the United States can elect two presidents, and the television show Full House can run its full eight-season course.
When you hear the number 8 1/2, there’s a decent chance your mind turns to a film by that name, directed by Italian surrealist Federico Fellini. Released in 1963, 8 1/2 is the story of a movie director who is slowly losing his grip on reality. Fellini’s fantasy-like treatment of the lead character’s confusion led to popular use of the term Felliniesque, used to describe a situation that seems unreal.
2017 Buick Encore Sport Touring AWD
Class: Subcompact Crossover/SUV
Miles Driven: 147
Fuel Used: 6.79 gallons
Whether you’re examining mainstream brands or luxury makes, the traditional full-size car category is one of the smallest classes in autodom for 2017. Before the rise of SUVs and crossovers, however, large cars were the preferred family haulers. Looking back at Consumer Guide’s historical review coverage reveals a level of diversity in the class that’s surprising by today’s standards. In fact, for 1970, Consumer Guide divided the large-car segment into four groups: Standards, Medium Standards, Luxury Standards, and Prestige.
Class: Large Car
Miles Driven: 296
Fuel Used: 14.0 gallons
Today, most wagons are luxury-brand wagons. By our count, there’s just one non-luxury, non-crossover wagon available for sale in the U.S., and that’s the Volkswagen Jetta.
The strangest thing about the 1981 midsize-wagon market is the absence of Ford products from the segment. While Ford was still very much in the wagon business, the company no longer produced a wagon to compete directly with longroof versions of the Chevrolet Malibu or Dodge Diplomat.
Fast is a relative term. For 2017, there are a number of vehicles that will make the mad dash from a dead stop to 60 mph in three seconds or less. Count the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Ferrari 488 GTB, and Porsche 911 Turbo among them.
Big is a relative term. In regards to American passenger-car engines, “big” in the early Seventies meant 460 cubic inches from Ford; 440 cubic inches from Chrysler; and 454, 455, and even 500 cubic inches from General Motors.
It’s a dead category in the U.S. today, but look back about 40 years and you’ll find that midsize station wagons were very popular. Rendered obsolete by consumers’ preference for minivans and crossovers, the midsize wagon has all but disappeared from the American landscape—unless you count pricey European imports.