With so many different options on the automotive market, it can make your head spin when you’re trying to shop for a car. So many different shapes and sizes of cars and trucks with features that you never knew you needed. Manufacturers and dealers will try to make certain cars sound good with jargon and numbers that sound impressive even though most of us don’t know what they mean. Let’s take a look at which cars a best for which lifestyles.
I just need a commuter.
If you just need a car to get you from A to B, you can get by just fine with a midsize sedan. This is a very competitive segment; the best selling cars in the US are midsize sedans. A few examples are the Ford Fusion, Chevy Malibu, Toyota Camry, and Honda Accord. These are humble people-movers that can get you where you need to go with minimal fuss. Modern sedans can be well appointed with features you’d expect to find in higher end luxury cars. Consider what you want, what you need, and do some shopping around.
If MPG is a priority, consider a compact hatchback like a Ford Focus or a Subaru Impreza. Hatchbacks are small but mighty with generous cargo space and longer trips without fueling up. These usually have the modesty and reliability of bigger sedans, but have a lower cost to buy and own. If you’re looking for little more pep, there are a few “hot hatches” out there with a bit more aggressive styling and more juice under the hood. These little rockets include the Ford Focus ST, Volkswagen GTI, and Masdaspeed 3.
I have a big family to haul around.
As painful as it might be to hear, if you have three to five children, a minivan is your best option. Many parents dismiss the minivan because they think they’re too cool to be seen in one. I hate to break it to you, but if you have that many kids, you’re probably not that cool anymore! I have a daughter of my own and when my wife and I have a few more I’ll gladly drive around a minivan to comfortably and safely move my precious cargo around. Everyone who has a minivan loves their spacious interiors and overall family friendly design.
If you just can’t make the minivan leap or don’t need that much space, there are more options. SUV’s and crossovers are more abundant than ever with two or three rows of seats available. Crossovers are a jack of all trades with the efficiency of a sedan, the seats of a minivan (almost), and the cargo space of an SUV. Just about every brand has at least one crossover to offer, some of the most popular being the Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-5, and the Chevy Equinox.
Need to haul the whole family and all of their stuff and the boat behind you? Sounds like you need an old fashioned SUV. While crossovers are taking over the market, there are still truck-based SUV’s like the ones that exploded in popularity back in the nineties. Check out the Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition, or Nissan Armada to name a few. Speaking of trucks, pickup trucks are more versatile than ever. Five seat cabins are becoming more common on pickups if you’re looking to do some hauling and towing with a few extra passengers. The holy trinity of American trucks; Silverado, F-Series, and Ram are always worth a look to get the job done.
I need something fun!
So you already have something in the garage that reports for duty as a daily driver, but you have an itch that it just can’t scratch. Maybe you’re single and your top automotive priorities are style and performance. If you can afford it, treat yourself to a fun Luxury Car Spokane!
Some of the most popular performance cars are “pony” cars. Pony cars got their name when the Ford Mustang shook the car industry back in the 1960’s. A pony car is basically a four door, rear wheel drive sports car. The two hot competitors in this segment are obviously the Mustang and the Chevy Camaro. Two versions of the same idea, both can be had with an efficient turbocharged four cylinder engine, a big, powerful V8, or you can split the difference with a punchy V6. Since they do have back seats, pony cars offer a measure of practicality. It is possible to have one of these as your only car as long as you don’t need a lot of room for cargo and passengers. It helps if you live in a climate where rear wheel drive is easy to live with. No snow, no problem. Speaking of climates, the Camaro and Mustang both have convertible options if you’re looking for some wind in your face. While they get a lot of attention for their gorgeous aesthetics and respectable performance, one of the best things about these cars is they are reliable and easy to maintain.
If you’re looking to get a little more serious, there are plenty of hardcore sports cars that have more power than you’ll know what to do with. From the value proposition Chevy Corvette to expensive, exotic imports like Ferraris and Lamborghinis, these cars can help you throw practicality to the wind and enjoy the driving experience to the fullest. Porsche actually offers sports cars in a wider price range than you might think, they could be worth a look if you want a luxurious, sporty drive.
No matter what you’re looking for, make sure to shop around Cars in Spokane! Figure out what you like, and just as importantly, what you don’t like. Narrow it down, take a few test drives at Car Emporium Spokane, and enjoy the ride!