I'm guessing your son is reaching the age where any attempt by you to influence his interests or preferences is doomed to failure. The most you can do is be grateful that he shows interest and talent for real, outdoor activities and isn't sitting around playing video games all day. I agree with Tony T that John may develop an interest in cars once he's at an age where he starts thinking about driving on the street and getting his own car. I went to auto shows all the time as a kid and could recognize all brands and models from a very young age, but I didn't develop any deeper interest in or knowledge of cars till I was in college. (E.g., I would have had no idea which cars were FWD or RWD, or what a turbo badge really signified, etc.) My son, who turns two in a couple weeks, has been fairly obsessed with cars and trucks for as long as he has been able to communicate it. He can tell us what brand, model, and color of car all family members drive and loves little more than to hang out in my wife's car while it's parked in the driveway (he likes hers the best because it has the most physical buttons and knobs to fiddle with). He did confuse a Versa for a Fit the other day, but I think this is forgivable for a one year old. But I don't think this interest is a result of any encouragement by me, other than the fact that I can answer most of his questions about cars we encounter. He's equally fixated on construction equipment and dinosaurs, which neither of us knew anything about or encouraged him to like.
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Haven't achieved the luxury, but have found ample comfort and lack of sporting pretensions in my '17 Accord Hybrid. Love both my BRZ and my wife's 2nd-gen Fit, but while they're fun on country roads, they're grating on a commute or road trip. The Accord makes the perfect antidote to these: sufficient power and competent handling, but quiet (unless you're wringing it out), smooth ride, and about as spacious a sedan as you'll find shy of the biggest luxobarges. Turn on the local classical/jazz station and soak up the miles. I can't understand nearly every reviewer's unwavering focus on whether the most mundane of vehicles is sufficiently sporty. Is the steering slightly numb in your Highlander? The shifts a bit slow in your Sonata? Maybe the exhaust note on your F150 could use some tweaking? Is this a product of the American notion that every car must be and do everything (causing most people to buy compact CUVs that do nothing particularly well?). There's a place for sport, and a place for utility, and a place for comfort. Having a couple of complementary cars lets each shine in its own way and gives the driver some variety.
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