Americans Are Trading Their Mid-Sized Cars For Compacts

According to AP, Americans have shifted their preference from mid-sized Camry’s, Accord’s. and Fusion’s to the more fuel and price efficient Corolla’s, Civic’s, and Fiesta’s. With the advent of new space saving technology, carmakers are advertised the mid-sized car space for compact price. While the 15 miles per gallon and $5,000 difference between the two car classes is undeniable, I wonder if Americans have forgotten about car utility?

For starters, most people are not only interested in space for themselves; they are also interested in trunk space to haul their stuff. With the holidays upon us, those in the market for these compact cars must consider not only how much space there is for people but also if there is space for more than 1.5 grocery bags or one golf bag.

Similarly, these buyers must also consider backseat as well as front seat space. While the front seat may seem roomy in many of these compacts, buyers might also want to turn their torso 180 degrees to see what kind of leg room is behind them. The ideal front seat setting may make a torturous ride for that unlucky backseater.

Finally, buyers must also consider what is included in that compact car. AP notes that on average compact cars are about $5,000 cheaper than the average midsized car. But, before signing on that dotted line, review what type of amenities are included in your compact. That midsized may be equipped with navigation, leather and heated seats, where the compact may only have four doors and a steering wheel. Don’t try to compare apples and oranges.

To sum it up, I’m not saying that compact cars do not have their advantages in price and fuel economy. However, it is not an accident that cars like the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry are customer and magazine top award winner’s year in and year out. To be frank, don’t get swept up in the compact craze until you really know what you need and not what everyone wants.