2013 BMW X6The 1980s will be remembered for the liftback coupe, a bodystyle that, aside from the Nissan 370Z and a few other isolated cases, is mostly nonexistent today. In all likelihood, the late 2000s and early 2010s will be remembered in 20 years time by a spate of bizarre lifted four-door 'coupes' that popped onto the market.

Much like those liftback coupes, most of which were eventually replaced by traditional trunks, it doesn't appear vehicles like the Acura ZDX and Honda Crosstour are long for this world (the exception being the BMW X6, which will almost certainly see a second generation or at least a significant refresh). Sales of five of the six four-door coupe-crossovers on the market had a year-over-year drop in September of anywhere from 39 to 80 percent, according to a new report from Automotive News. The Infiniti FX/QX70, Toyota Venza, Accord Crosstour, BMW X6 and 5 Series GT all saw drops, while the ZDX saw its sales drop even further, making it about as popular as Congress these days.

This news wouldn't be tough to swallow were the rest of the industry down as well. But with sales of traditional luxury crossovers up ten percent so far in 2013 and the overall crossover segment up 15 percent overall, the losses by the four-door CCs is rather glaring.

Part of the reason for the sales drop is likely due to simple human nature – these are fashion-forward vehicles that make a statement. The result is that the people who are truly interested in them buy them early and are quick to move on to the next big thing, giving these models a very brief shelf life, not unlike sportscars and most convertibles. That said, there's no shortage of more practical issues that limited their broader appeal. Besides the additional price of entry demanded by the coupes, their lack of rear headroom, limited visibility and diminished utility have arguably made them a tough sell with consumers, particularly when they're forced to share showroom space with more conventional platform-mates.


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      Lucky Stars
      • 1 Year Ago
      Super high prices is also a reason they are failing
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Stars
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      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      the answer to a question no one asked... the solution to a problem no one had... or maybe just ugly sedans on stilts.
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just saw a report on AN that Mercedes was coming out "with a competitor to the X6" - that company is the corporation equivalent of a person with more money than brains.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
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      herrstreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even more than their failings as utility vehicles they are failures aesthetically. The X6 has a few good angles, and not surprisingly, it's the one with the best sales. I think one should also keep in mind that the new Range Rover Sport is going to be playing in this price range and will probably eat up a few sales too. The Acura never looked like anything more than a giant Prius with big-ish tires. What's cool about that? The crosstour is the first car who's styling is basically a freudian slip. Yuck.
      Adrian Elliot
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good riddance.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most of them are quite pricey as well.
      Carguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      So are they saying a BMW X6 which is longer than a Chrysler Minivan but seats 3 less people and has much less storage is not practical? I'm all for cars being not practical when your buying a real coupe or real sports car. The back seats of a 911 will never be practical but no one buying a 911 is looking for practical transportation. If you are buying a Honda Crosstour your not doing it (or at least I hope your not doing it) to be cool. Honda Crosstour and the Acura cousin are a full four inches longer than a Chrysler Minivan! Also all of these cars are unnecessarily ride even though they have zero offroad capability.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      This story, combined with the story I read on MT about the Aston Cignet being sales flops, make this one of the most obvious-filled car news weeks I have ever encountered.
      SpikedLemon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm going to chime in with the others on the Venza. It's not exactly the same as the rest here. Much more of an authentic crossover that bears more similarity to a Ford Edge than anything else on this list. The Honda Crosstour... It's got it's own issues unrelated to the "segement". It was a screwup. It should have been either a Wagon or a CUV - not a mess of both. It's ugly, poor visibility and expensive and has very few virtues. The only one truely successful at blending Wagon and CUV has been the Subaru Forrester.
      breitling65
      • 1 Year Ago
      pointless cars
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      Like I said the ZDX is a TUV totally useless vehicle. We had one for a few days as a loaner is was awful.
      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      Take the worst attributes of different segments, mix them together with a lot of ugly, and you've got yourself a crossover coupe. They have the bad rear headroom and cargo space of a coupe mixed in with all the drawbacks of a crossover -- poor handling and fuel economy. Finally, they are sinfully ugly. The sooner these things are off the market, the better.
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