Thread of the Day: Should All Compact Cars Have Sport Variants?
There was a time when most compact cars had sport-oriented variants. Go back ten years when gas was under $2.00 a gallon and the choices were plentiful: the Dodge Neon SRT4, Ford Focus SVT, Honda Civic Si, and Nissan Sentra SE-R, among others. Today, a few automakers have ditched the performance variants of their compact cars.
For today’s Thread of the Day, we want to know if you think all compact cars should offer a sport variant. Our Thread of the Day was inspired in part by our First Test of the all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra, which no longer offers an SE-R variant and isn’t tuned for sporty driving.. “If you’re thinking SE-R, forget it,” associate editor Scott Evans writes, “If you’re thinking economical daily driver, you’re on the right track.”
While Honda, Mazda, Subaru, and Volkswagen still offer sport compacts, the Ford Focus ST has just entered the segment, and rumors persist about an SRT version of the new Dodge Dart. Quite a few major players in the segment don’t offer sporty versions of their compacts — cars like a Nissan Sentra SE-R, Toyota Corolla XRS, a Chevrolet Cruze SS, and Hyundai Elantra R-Spec don’t currently exist.
Should all automakers offer sport variants of their compact cars? Which sport compact would you most like to see? Sound off in the comments below.