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Should You Buy a Car or an SUV?

By · February 16 2022
Should You Buy a Car or an SUV?

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Thinking of buying or leasing a vehicle? Then one of the biggest choices you are going to have to make is deciding between a car or an SUV. Here, we will take a look at the pros and the cons of choosing either a car or an SUV as your next vehicle.

Pros of Buying a Car

While SUVs have become more popular these days, there are still a number of compelling reasons to consider buying a car.

Better prices

Cars tend to be priced lower than their corresponding SUVs. For instance, if you are shopping for a small car from Toyota, then you will find that the Toyota Corolla will be priced lower than a Toyota RAV4. This is true across almost all brands on the market today.

Better fuel consumption

If you are looking to save on petrol prices, then you will want to consider a car. That’s because a car will weigh less and carry less than an SUV. That means that the engine will have to work less to propel the vehicle forward. Also, if you are really looking to save on fuel, you can find some excellent subcompact models with excellent fuel consumption numbers.

More performance

Do you enjoy acceleration and tight handling performance? Then you are better offer choosing a car which will have a lighter weight, lower centre of gravity and better overall mechanics for sport driving.

Cons of Buying a Car

Now that we have taken a look at all the positives of driving a car, here’s a look at some of the reasons why a car purchase may not be the best option for you.

Fewer choices

SUVs are all the rage these days. That means that manufacturers are making fewer and fewer cars. In fact, some manufacturers have stopped making cars altogether and are focusing exclusively on SUVs and trucks. Therefore, you will find fewer options when car shopping.

Less capability

If you enjoy driving off-road, then you will find that cars will offer less capability versus an SUV. Also, you will find that most cars will provide less traction capability in snow and other adverse road conditions compared to an SUV.

Pros of Buying an SUV

More and more people are buying and driving SUVs these days. Should you be one of them? Here’s a look at why you may want to consider an SUV as your next purchase.

More choices

You may be surprised to know that there are lots of SUV choices out there. You can find subcompact, small, mid-size, full-size and extended full-size SUVs from many manufacturers. This allows you the ability to find the SUV that is just right for you.

Seat more people

If you are looking to transport more than five people, then an SUV will be the right choice for you. In fact, there are many SUV choices out there that will allow you to transport six, seven, eight, and even nine people in complete comfort.

Store more cargo

Whether you are going on a road trip or going to the local grocery store, you will find that SUVs will provide you with more cargo. You can not only store cargo behind the first, second, and third-row seats, but you will also be able to store cargo on the roof if the SUV is equipped with roof racks.

More capability

Finally, an SUV is going to provide you with more capability on the road as well as off-road. That is because an SUV will likely have more ground clearance to handle snow, rocks and other rugged conditions.

Cons of Buying an SUV

While SUVs are popular, there may be some reasons why you may not want to opt for this type of vehicle.

Higher fuel consumption

Because SUVs tend to be larger than cars, you can expect to spend more than the petrol pump. Over the life of your vehicle ownership experience, you may find that the fuel consumption costs can really add up.

More expensive

Because SUVs are large in size, they will be more expensive than cars. Additionally, SUVs tend to sell faster than cars. Therefore, dealerships have less of an incentive to offer you a great deal on an SUV.

An SUV may be more vehicle than you need

Are you always transporting more than five people when you are on the road? Do you really need all that cargo space? While SUVs are appealing, you may find that they are more vehicles than you need.

You Should Buy a Car If…

A car is going to be a great choice if you are looking to spend less on a vehicle and not have to deal with frequent and expensive fill-ups at the petrol station. Also, a car is an ideal choice if you don’t need lots of passenger and cargo space. Finally, you will want to consider a car if you want to enjoy better acceleration and handling on the road.

You Should Buy an SUV if…

An SUV will be a great choice if you have a large family and you like to go on frequent road trips. Also, SUVs are an ideal choice if you enjoy going off-roading or you want a vehicle that is more capable in the snow.

Vehicle Shopping Tips

To help you make the right choice when shopping for your next vehicle, be sure to use these shopping tips.

1. List what you want from the vehicle

Carefully consider what you want from a vehicle. This includes where you need lots of space or lots of performance. This will help you create a shortlist of vehicles.

2. Make a shortlist of vehicles

Now that you know what you want from a vehicle, you can create a shortlist of about five vehicles that meet your criteria.

3. Research vehicles online

Now that you have your shortlist of vehicles, be sure to research each one online. Check out the manufacturer sites, check any YouTube driving review videos, and check for any reviews from driving magazines.

4. Test drive each vehicle

Finally, test drive each vehicle on your list. Be sure to check the ride comfort, the style and the overall quality of each vehicle on your shortlist.

Making the Right Choice When It Comes to Your Next Vehicle

A new vehicle purchase is a major financial expense and should not be taken lightly. Therefore, you will want to consider the pros and cons of both cars and SUVs before making a final purchasing decision. Be sure to test drive several vehicles and see which one is the right choice for you.

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