I think it's a few things... first, kids turning 16 nowadays are just plain spoiled. Not to hurt anyone's feelings but if you are 16 and are on this forum with a 9th gen civic that is yours (or your parents' car but you don't share it with someone) and aren't paying for by yourself, you are spoiled.
This theory in plain would generate more forum traffic and make the scene grow, but I think my point is that it's not really 9th gen civics I see 16 year olds with, it's even more expensive cars. In my area i've seen 16-17 year olds driving BMW, Mercedes, etc.
True, but regardless it still contributes to the problem.I would say that most kids with rich parents, are driving their parents slightly used BMWS, Mercedes, etc. At least that's been the case with some of the richer kids I've known in my life. I would say only in the more extreme cases are the kids getting brand new ones.
Maybe... a few years ago at my son's 13th birthday party they started talking about cars... one kid says to another - "ya but your mom drives a BMW.." the kid replies "ya but its just a 3 series.." C'mon! like this kid won't have entitlement issues! I let my my 19 year old drive my Si... "Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout- this is what I'm lookin' for!" he said. "Well when you're 50 you can have one too!" I replied!BMW had some really really cheap lease deals a couple years back, which is why there was the explosion in people driving 328s. Those cars are just starting to come off lease in the last year or two so now there is a very affordable used BMW glut. The price is close to that of a new civic/accord and I think people are just getting the BMW cause of the "status" attached to it. Could be part of what we are seeing right now with younger drivers in cars that should be out of range.