The SUV/CUV thing is the worst thing that's ever happened. I regularly bitch about the ecosport. What was wrong with the Fiesta being a few inches lower to the ground and having a little less headroom, which it already has plenty?
"I can't do a fiesta, I need an SUV if it snows."
"You live in Florida, if it snows the roads will be closed, you won't be going anywhere"
"Well I need it for the rear leg room for my friends."
"It's the same amount of leg room, it sucks ass in both."
"I need it for my dog"
"Do you have a big dog?"
"She is a tea cup Pomeranian, but she hyperventilates if she is in a small car."
"Jesus Christ, Karen."
Unfortunately this is the free market at work. Death of these forums, although accelerated by colossal fuckups by the companies that own them, was really just a symptom. Interest in enthusiast vehicles has seemed to wane in the next generation of kiddos. Speaking to Gen-X parents, I hear way more frequently things like "my kid doesn't care about getting their license".
I'm sure all of you boomers and wannabe-boomers will say it's all the EPA and Obama's fault, but the enthusiast crowd is shrinking and the generation after ours cares less about driving. Whether powered by electric motors or not, the design philosophy is heading into "practical but looks cool".
Us enthusiasts are a niche market now and I'll bet all of us combined don't have nearly as much information on the direction of the future as Ford and other manufacturer's marketing analysis. And at the end of the day, the people at the top deciding where to put the money don't give a fuck about a handful of people sitting the wings waiting to buy some rich twat's used performance car once their lease is over.
Definitely seems like I need to snag another Mustang in the next few years and plan to hold onto it for the forseeable future so I can spend at least a decade or so of enjoying the whole "actually driving the car" thing.