We met a young woman recently who had just purchased a brand new, 2018 GMC Terrain. And she was thrilled with it. When we told her that we found it funny that someone as young as she was would aspire to own what was essentially a modern version of a minivan, we call them cross overs, GM insists on calling them "SUV's", she didn't bat an eye which we found even more interesting and confounding. It's as if she could care less that anyone would construe her as a "soccer mom" based on what she drove. It's not the first time that we've come across a millennial so nauseating healthy in their own self awareness.
When we were her age we aspired to drive nothing of its ilk for two reasons. First and foremost, we simply liked other types of vehicles more and secondly, back then, driving a "soccer mom" vehicle was a big no-no. The types of cars we liked were nothing less than "sporty" personal luxury cars like this 1983 Pontiac Grand Prix LJ. Motivated, if barely, by a god's green earth, 140 horsepower, 305 cubic inch Chevrolet V-8. This was the more than perfect steed to tell the world that we was ready to mingle. Watch out ladies, here we come. Landau top, 2.29 rear axle and all. For those keeping score at home, the Chevrolet small block made it's first ever appearance in a Pontiac in 1983.
Nowadays, here at "Crawling From the Wreckage", we fawn all over cars like this old Grand Prix and even we can tell that we're woefully out of touch with what millenials aspire to drive. That matters about as much to us of course as millenials being concerned about what we drive but it does underscore a generation gap of sorts. Millenials are profoundly more practical than we are based on what they aspire to drive.
We like spatially inefficient, clumsily styled gas guzzlers. Millenials, on the other hand, like utility based vehicles large enough to haul around a small army. Back in our day, if you wanted to load up on the passengers, we made them have to do a gymnastic maneuver to get "back there". With today's do-it-all cross overs, sorry, again, the GMC Terrain and it's kissing cousins Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave are crossovers not "SUV's", all "they", (millenials) have to do is roll a seat forward and voila, additional rear seating. Incidentally, the challenges of gaining access to the rear seat in cars like our Grand Prix here is no doubt why so many of them that are still around today have rear seats that are in showroom condition.
General Motors had no less than four "personal luxury cars" like our GP to choose from in 1983 and a total of eight of them if you count those high falutin front wheel drivers from Buick, Oldsmobile and Cadillac. GM also had a plethora of two door variants of their four door sedans. Today, General Motors makes but one "coupe" version of one of their four door sedans; a less than satisfyingly styled two door version of their Cadillac ATS that's about as fetching as a two door, 1996 Camry. Thanks, but no thanks.
The personal luxury car died off years ago and these days, it looks like even four door sedans are being shoved to the discount rack to make room for more utility based, practicality first and foremost cross overs. But, y'know, just to show these young whipper snappers that we're not all about style over substance, our Grand Prix did come with a fairly sizable trunk. See? We can be practical too.