In the end, all the "cookie cutter" sedans win out and stay at the top of the sales race. Taraus, Camry, Impala, Intrepid, Century, Regal, Accord etc always sell well. Whenever a company comes out with something "different" there is always initial demand, which then dies off after a year or two. I test-drove a used Pacifica about 6 months ago. It was originally almost a $40,000 car. It had 18,000 miles on it, and every option except DVD player and nav. system. The Dodge dealer was asking $24,999 for it. When I decided after test-driving it I couldn't live with the anemic feeling engine, he thought I was playing the "walk away" game, and the price kept dropping. Before I left he was down to $23,000 for it. He called me up at home the next day and made a final offer of $22,300. If they could still make a profit selling it to me for that, you can only imagine how much of a bath the first buyer took when he traded it in. I'd imagine they gave him less than $20,000 for it.
I just saw the other day that D.C. is cutting the cost of the PT Crusier by 3-4 thousand. They just aren't selling now, and they want to put them in the same price market as cars like the Sentra, Corolla, Civic etc. which all start at about $12,000. People are used to them, the design is now passe, it just doesn't draw attention anymore, and it becomes what it actually is when it isn't the new kid on the block anymore. I remember not too long ago when dealers were taking orders and people were putting down deposits, sight unseen, paying thousands over sticker price.
That's usually what happens to bolder, "different" cars. The driving enthusiasts and rich people with money to throw around who just need to by the "newest thing" all rush the market to get theirs. However, the number of people who are budgeted for more mundane boring cars, or who just care about A to B transportation, and only care about getting the best value for their money is far, far greater. Most of them actually prefer boring looking cars that blend in and don't cause a ruckus in the neighborhood.
I think eventually the LX cars will find their equilibrium in the market, and resale values will drop as prices will need to drop in brand new ones to keep them moving. That's what I'm hoping anyways, and then I'll be ready to pounce on one! To me, a 300C just isn't a $34,000-$36,000 car.
Of course, all Honda has to do is tweak a few angles, change a few curves, re-make a few buttons, call it the new Accord, and it keeps selling like candy, at or just below sticker price. Resale values stay so high, you may just as well spend anothe $2000 and go brand new. Same with all the other "cookie cutters."