Great link. Yeah we don't need a $30,000 boring + competent sedan. You can have a boring + competent sedan in a weekend ad special Hyundai XG350. At $30,000 if it'* semi-boring one wants, one can get Nissan Murano or Honda Pilot (both take 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, btw) and have plenty of cargo space to space.
Sedans these days have to have something edgy to justify their existence in this day of perfectly good cross-overs. A 3.9L 240hp Bonneville loaded to the hilt with very few option combos to pose as a luxury ride priced about the same as lesser equipped crossovers. A 5.3L 290 hp / 6-speed auto version starting with less equipment but same price as 240hp version; but fully equipped versions costing more than the V6 version. And a top-dog 6.0L 400hp with appearance package just like the 20" rimmed 300 SRT-8.
Affordable V8 cars is what America still does best, so why aren't they doing more of such.