Consumers spent a record $462 billion on new cars in 2019. This price tag represents more than 17 million new vehicles and, hopefully, at least as many happy drivers.
As you prepare to join them, you face several important decisions. Among the most significant is the kind of vehicle you’ll purchase. Sedans, SUVs, minivans, and pickup trucks are among the most popular choices. So which is best for you?
In fact, choosing a new sedan is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself and your pocketbook.
The Benefits of a New Sedan
As a new car buyer, you need a car that offers convenience, space, and safety. At the same time, most consumers need a vehicle that fits within their new car budget. Buying a sedan, like a Suburu Legacy, reconciles these competing factors.
1. Prices for New Sedans Are Affordable
Sedans are among the most economical options for new car buyers. Perhaps you’re looking for a good first car for a new driver. Or maybe you just need to get to and from work without breaking the bank. In both cases, sedans offer the most bang for your buck.
Car dealers sometimes use long-term financing to promote the “budget-friendly” nature of SUVs. Still, it’s important to examine these comparisons closely.
It might be possible to get an SUV for around the same monthly payment as a sedan. However, this usually requires stretching your payments over a much longer time period. This means that you’ll be paying for an SUV well after the warranty expires. By this time, the vehicle will require more frequent service. Ultimately, you’ll struggle to recoup anywhere near what you paid.
Even if overall cost isn’t a factor, it’s still wise to choose a sedan. Once you find a sedan you like, you can use the savings to purchase additional features or a higher-end model.
2. Sedans Offer a Wider Range of Features
Saving some of your new car budget for additional features is a good idea when purchasing a sedan, like the Suburu Impreza. This is because manufacturers typically launch new technologies in sedans first.
Common sedan features enhance safety, convenience, and luxury. You can expect to choose from a wider range of these features and higher levels of customization when you buy a new sedan. Many of these features, like EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, come standard on all Suburu Legacy and Impreza models.
3. Sedans Offer Better Fuel Economy Than Other Vehicles
Most sedans use a four-cylinder engine. Engines like the Suburu Boxer engine are much more fuel-efficient than the V6 or V8 engines common in SUVs.
The sleeker, low-profile design of sedans also contributes to their improved fuel economy. Sedans have a lower drag coefficient than SUVs. Since they encounter less resistance, they also burn less fuel.
Improved fuel economy is another way a new sedan can save you money. It’s also a way that your new car purchase can save the environment.
4. Sedans Pose Less Risk for Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents represent only 3% of all serious crashes. Yet they represent 30% of all traffic fatalities. This means that protecting yourself and your passengers from rollover accidents is truly a matter of life and death.
Studies consistently show that SUVs are most prone to rollover accidents. Meanwhile, the sedan’s lower center of gravity makes it much less susceptible to rolling over.
5. Sedans Are Easier to Drive
Because they’re less top-heavy and also smaller, sedans are easier to maneuver. This is especially important for new drivers. However, it’s important for all drivers when they face challenges like tight spaces, windy weather, or unexpected obstacles.
In fact, because of their smaller size, sedans typically perform better on maneuverability, acceleration, and braking.
6. Sedans Better Protect Your Valuables
In recent months, public safety experts have noted a spike in vehicle burglaries. One of the best ways to protect your property from these crimes is to conceal your valuables.
If you own a sedan, this is easy. Simply secure your valuables in the trunk. If you own another type of car, though, hiding your valuables is much more difficult.
Get on the Road to Convenience, Safety, and Affordability with a New Sedan
The process of buying new cars can be overwhelming for consumers. Knowing your needs and using them to narrow your choices down to a particular type of car makes the process easier.
When you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of a new sedan, Terry Subaru can help. Check out our inventory online and request a quote. If you don’t see the perfect vehicle, use our Vehicle Finder to let us know exactly what you need.