For five consecutive months in 2015, more than one-third of all the new vehicles sold in the US were SUVs and crossovers. Utility vehicles have earned a big enough share of the market to gain 50,000 extra unit sales year-over-year. And, that's in a market where passenger car sales dipped by nearly 30,000 units. It's pretty obvious that CUVs are a hot commodity, the big questions; why and will it last? (read more)
Top reasons consumers are infatuated with crossovers include:
Bigger Selection & New Designs - with most manufacturers now fully invested in the category, buyers have a dazzling array of choices. Standard bearers like Ford, Honda and Jeep are riding the cutting-edge of style, form and function and have been joined by makers like Hyundai, Kia, Mazda and others to give consumers an ever-broadening selection of crossovers to choose from.
Fuel Economy - With the introduction of smaller, turbocharged gas engines, better aerodynamics, high-gear-count transmissions and other technical improvements, crossovers are getting better fuel economy than ever. Lower fuel prices have eased some consumer concerns while fuel efficient crossovers provide an additional measure of confidence and a hedge against rising fuel prices in the future.
Safety - Crossovers tend to do well in crash tests – especially compared to smaller sedans and compacts. Drivers like the higher vantage point and additional ground clearance afforded by crossovers. Not many sedans offer all-wheel drive but practically every crossover out there offers this feature and in many regions of the country – especially the snow belt – traction is king.
Versatility - It's hard to beat crossovers for hauling people and gear, towing, off-road capability and navigating difficult conditions. People may not always take full advantage of these features but they love having them available.
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