SUV or Sedan for a Family Vehicle?
Families in need of a vehicle that will fit everyone are often torn between two choices: sport utility vehicles (SUVs) or sedans (four-door cars). In terms of being a family vehicle, which type makes the best case?
First and foremost, it helps to understand that both vehicles have their own sets of pros and cons. A quick look at sedans reveal that they’re much easier to drive on city roads, and are also easier to board and get out of due to their low ground clearance. However, sedans are quite cramped compared to spacious SUVs, with limited passenger and cargo space. They’re also horrible off-roaders.
SUVs, on the other hand, are incredibly reliable, flexible, and quite flamboyant. In addition to that, they’re also often safer than sedans—compared to the latter, SUVs are sturdy enough to be likened to armored personnel carriers, making them excellent choices for families with rowdy little kids.
Here’s an interesting tidbit: a study from the University of Buffalo has found out that in a head-on collision between an SUV and a sedan, the latter’s driver is 7.6 times more likely to be hurt than the former’s.
Overall, it’s important for buyers to carefully weigh all the pros and cons that come with each vehicle type. Personal circumstances may make it easy to consider each as a good choice or not. What matters most is that a purchase fits a certain buyer’s requirements perfectly.