"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.
Compact sedan drivers plus another inch or two of ground clearance = Win...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.
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.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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