April 3rd, 2019 by

Sedan versus SUV

Remember back when no one knew what SUV stood for? It’s possible that some of us don’t even remember how the acronym came about. In case you’re blanking on it, the acronym stands for Sport Utility Vehicle. When first introduced, these new types of vehicles meant different things to different people. Some would classify an SUV as a toned-down off-road vehicle (akin to the Jeep or Land Rover). While others consider an SUV to simply be a bigger, roomier, more durable station wagon (remember those?). And while we’re at it, what the heck is a Crossover anyway?

In 2015, the SUV segment of the market became the world’s largest automotive sales segment, capturing almost 37 percent of worldwide sales in what is deemed the ‘passenger car’ market. While it seems drivers would never have considered ditching the family sedan for what at first appeared to be the minivan’s cooler little sister, if you study the numbers, then that’s exactly what has happened over the past few years.

As for vehicle manufacturers, sometimes the companies set the trends, and us consumers follow. But sometimes the tide turns, and consumers voice their preferences through their buying power. For example, during the oil crisis in 2008, larger SUVs sat gathering dust because no one wanted to drive across the state, or even across town, in a vehicle that burned through fuel at a mere 12-15 MPG (miles per gallon). Consumers first purchased these larger SUVs because they were status symbols, replete with luxury options never before seen in a boring family sedan. The vehicle industry responded by creating smaller, more MPG-friendly options, such as the Jeep Compass, and consumers couldn’t snag them fast enough.

What does this trend mean for the sedan segment of the automotive market? Sadly (or not-so-sadly for SUV enthusiasts), many are being phased out of production. Both Ford and General Motors have already announced which sedans are headed for the chopping block, citing market share losses ranging from 10 to 21 percent. However, some industry experts think this shift in production might be a little hasty or dramatic, and warn that it might open the sedan market up for foreign manufacturers to take over. After all, we can’t imagine driving down the street and not seeing a single sedan, can we? Or can we?

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