The Crossover Advantage

October 25, 2007 at 1:11 am Leave a comment

Picking the best type of vehicle may vary on our personal tastes. But when we talk about dependability and fuel-efficiency, the best pick will be the crossovers! SUVs established a reputation as vehicles with great gas mileage, the major reason why it gained universal fame compared to the typical SUVs.

“Fuel economy definitely plays a part in what makes the new crop of CUVs more popular than the SUVs they’re replacing, but their newfound popularity goes beyond that,” says Aaron Bragman, an analyst at research firm Global Insight.

According, crossovers ride better, are commonly quieter, holds more proficiently and can ingest almost as much stuff, cargo and kids as SUVs are able to offer. They even provide some of the rough-and-tumble image that made SUVs such a hit.

“At the height of their popularity, SUVs were seen as much for styling statements as they were for utility,” Bragman says. “People are starting to realize that you can have the utility in a much more sensible package.”

“Crossovers and SUVs are distinct markets,” says John M. MacDonald, a General Motors spokesperson. “There might be some [SUV and crossover] cross-shopping done, but there’s also some done between sedans, wagons and crossovers.”

A number of in the auto industry don’t think it’s reasonable to evaluate the two types, while crossovers and SUVs may share a bit in the styling area. Actually, a few of the closest rivals for crossovers may not originate from their SUV fraternal twins, but from car-based minivan close relatives.

“Crossovers are favored by consumers currently looking for a vehicle beyond the minivan, although I believe that the minivan will survive its current status as unfashionable,” says Paul Taylor, the chief economist for the National Auto Dealers Association. “Both crossovers and minivans represent practical boxes that are quiet, can be parked easily in a standard parking spot, and ride comfortably and quietly.”


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