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"A lot of new small SUVs are coming," IHS Automotive senior analyst Stephanie Brinley said. "Sedan sales are falling and SUVs are on the rise. The SUV body style is changing the landscape.

"People will pay more for an SUV than a hatchback or sedan. That makes them very attractive to automakers."

The Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade and Mazda CX-3 should all be in dealerships shortly, with more to follow.

"That many vehicles going on sale in a short period will draw shoppers' attention and raise awareness of the segment," Brinley said. The attention should boost sales for existing models, like the Buick Encore, which launched the subcompact SUV movement in 2013. Encore sales started slow, but are up 55% this year.
 

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I wonder how permanent this trend will be. Is it a bit of a blip or will sedans continue to decline and subcompact SUVs continue to rise? I think its funny that they call it a "movement".

How long do you think the trend will last?
 

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There might be indicators that show what the trend will be like in coming years, the obvious one being the growing number of crossovers, compact crossovers and CUV's to choose from. If they're investing millions and even billions, they have to be going off of something solid to justify it.
 

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It just seems to me that this trend may not last for a long time. I find it hard to imagine CUVs being more popular than sedans for an extended period of time. Maybe I'm just an old timer or something now.
 

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U probably didn't sit in one yet. Shortly after I got my CRV the people who liked it the most were older folks. It's easy for them to get in (not too high), no need to bend their back or knees, and to get up and out. And I pity the fools who still load groceries in/out of their trunks breacking their backs and trying to fit stuff in there. Now I find it so much easier to get the babies in/out of their seats.

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Honda says it does expect the HR-V will take some sales away from the CR-V. But the HR-V is expected to bring in lots of sales too, so it will come out ahead..
 

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Speaking on for myself I will either get a corolla, civic or HRV. I do not drive with the family in my car much (however we did pack in my civic when gas was over $4/gal in NJ). I need a 4 seater but one that gets good gas milage. I currently drive a CRV and it is just too big for my needs. The Fit would be OK, sizewise, except for the styling. I think the HRV pricing could be right around the Civics.

My guess is that the HRV will take a lot of people like me. Compact sedan drivers who might be interested in something a different.
 

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Speaking on for myself I will either get a corolla, civic or HRV. I do not drive with the family in my car much (however we did pack in my civic when gas was over $4/gal in NJ). I need a 4 seater but one that gets good gas milage. I currently drive a CRV and it is just too big for my needs. The Fit would be OK, sizewise, except for the styling. I think the HRV pricing could be right around the Civics.

My guess is that the HRV will take a lot of people like me. Compact sedan drivers who might be interested in something a different.
Compact sedan drivers plus another inch or two of ground clearance = Win...
 

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U probably didn't sit in one yet. Shortly after I got my CRV the people who liked it the most were older folks. It's easy for them to get in (not too high), no need to bend their back or knees, and to get up and out. And I pity the fools who still load groceries in/out of their trunks breacking their backs and trying to fit stuff in there. Now I find it so much easier to get the babies in/out of their seats.

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Those are all good points. From a practical standpoint the CUV trend does make sense. maybe CUVs will replace sedans to a degree. They are probably more functional vehicles for a umber of reasons.
 

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being car-based and getting almost the same fuel economy as compact sedans and hatches while still delivering more capability is even more of a reason for them to do well
 
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