So, we’re lamenting the death of Ford’s cars, but I could actually argue that cars, as we knew them, have been dying for quite a while, by getting taller and taller.

Let’s look at the top 5 best selling compact sedans in the US, year to date, shall we? These are Edmunds numbers, so they only go back to 1990. I’ll use the first year of each generation.

Honda Civic

The MY2016 Civic is 55.7” tall for the base LX sedan.

The MY2012 Civic is 56.5" tall for the base LX sedan.

The MY2006 Civic is 56.5" tall for the base DX sedan.

The MY2001 Civic is 56.7" tall for the base DX sedan.

The MY1996 Civic is 54.7" tall for the base DX sedan.

The MY1992 Civic is 54.2" tall for the base DX sedan.

The MY1990 Civic (MY1988 first year) is 53.5" tall for the base DX sedan.

Toyota Corolla

The MY2014 Corolla is 57.3" tall for the base L.

The MY2009 Corolla is 57.7" tall for the base model.

The MY2003 Corolla is 57.5" tall for the base model.

The MY1998 Corolla is 54.5" tall for the base VE.

The MY1993 Corolla is 53.5" tall for the base model.

The MY1990 Corolla (MY1988 first year) is 52.4" tall for the base model.

Nissan Sentra

The MY2013 Sentra is 58.9" tall for the base S.

The MY2007 Sentra is 59.5" tall for the base model.

The MY2000 Sentra is 56.5" tall for the base XE.

The MY1995 Sentra is 54.5" tall for the base model.

The MY1991 Sentra is 53.9" tall for the base E sedan.

The MY1990 Sentra (MY1985 first year) is 54.3" tall for the base XE sedan.

Hyundai Elantra

The MY2017 Elantra is 56.5" tall for the base SE.

The MY2011 Elantra is 56.5" tall for the base GLS.

The MY2007 Elantra is 58.3" tall for the base GLS.

The MY2001 Elantra is 56.1" tall for the base GLS sedan.

The MY1996 Elantra is 54.9" tall for the base GLS sedan.

The MY1992 Elantra is 54.5" tall for the base model. (There’s nothing I can really put before this - the Excel became the Accent, and the Sonata was bigger.)

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Chevrolet Cruze

The MY2016 Cruze is 57.4" tall for the base L sedan.

The MY2011 Cruze is 58.1" tall for the base LS.

The MY2005 Cobalt is 57.1" tall for the base sedan.

The MY1995 Cavalier is 54.8" tall for the base sedan.

The MY1990 Cavalier (MY1988 first year) is 53.6" tall for the base sedan.

Just thought I’d bring that to everyone’s attention.

Edit: Now with a chart!