Should I Buy A Crossover or a Sedan?

Should I Buy a Crossover or a Sedan?

If you're in the market for a new daily driver, you’ve got a lot of options. In the past, if you wanted a reliable, affordable ride, the answer would have most likely been a sedan. However, as technology has advanced and the needs of drivers have changed, so has the variety of vehicles that are fit for everyday driving, thanks largely to the introduction of the crossover SUV. Nowadays, it’s almost just as common to see a Toyota RAV4 on the highway as it is a Camry. So which one is right for you?

What Are Your Needs?

Before you start shopping, you need to figure out what it is that you’re looking for in a new vehicle. Whether it’s fuel-efficiency, affordability or something that handles well in the snow, knowing what you need is important. Once you’ve determined your needs, you can shop with confidence.

What’s Similar and What Isn’t

Although they look quite different, crossovers and sedans have a lot in common. Both are much more affordable than trucks or full-size SUVs and they both offer great value. It’s easy to find a crossover or sedan that comes standard with a rearview camera, Bluetooth® connectivity and loads of safety features. Finally, many crossovers and sedans share the same engines and platforms.

However, there are a few notable differences. The most obvious is cargo space. Take the previously mentioned RAV4 and the 2020 Toyota Corolla for example. The 2019 RAV4 gets up to 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space, while the 2020 Corolla only offers 13.1 cubic feet of space in its trunk. This is a major determining factor for people shopping both crossovers and sedans.

Another difference is fuel efficiency. As practical as crossovers are, their size and sometimes larger engines mean their gas mileage won’t be as good as that of a sedan’s. That’s not to say that they aren’t good on gas, though. The compact Toyota C-HR gets an estimated 31 MPG on the highway and the RAV4 gets up to an estimated 35 MPG on the highway, and many manufacturers offer hybrid versions of their crossovers. However, the Corolla gets an estimated 38 MPG on the highway and an amazing 42 MPG if you choose the hatchback version. Better yet, the 2019 Toyota Prius gets an estimated 50 MPG on the highway.

When it comes to versatility, crossovers shine. Most crossovers are offered with optional all-wheel drive, something that’s hard to find in the sedan segment. All-wheel-drive is crucial if you plan on driving off-road or live in a region that experiences heavy snowfall. 

Finally, there’s a difference in price. While both types of vehicles are more budget-friendly than most vehicles, sedans have the upper hand. It’s easy to find new sedans for under $20,000, but according to Kelley Blue Book®, the average price for a small SUV like a crossover is $26,000. 

So Which Vehicle Is Better?

That’s completely up to you and your needs. Choosing between a crossover or a sedan depends entirely on what you need it to do and how much you’re willing to pay. However, whichever type of vehicle you decide on, you won’t be making a bad choice.