Pariah wrote: It just strikes as odd that as the typical American family keeps shrinking, people are delaying child bearing till latter in life meaning people are having a much longer "uncomplicated youth" period in their lives and the availability of small, fun cars has almost completely dried up.
Well, on one hand, millennials, as a group, can't really afford new cars, so we're not shaping the market.
OTOH, there are Fiestas, Golfs, etc., available. Or the Nissan Juke.
One of the interns this summer drives a Fiesta, but it's outnumbered by the Focuses in the lot. Meanwhile, most of the interns are driving around stuff-they-bought-off-their-dad type cars. (Older SUVs and sedans, often with bumper stickers that say things like "My child is...")
On the third hand, I don't think people have "fun" with their cars the way they used to. Even with gas prices lower than they were ten years ago, a car is something you use to carry your mountain bike or kayak, not something you just climb into and noodle around in for fun.