Sedans aren’t the most popular vehicle body style in the U.S. anymore.
According to sales data from IHS Automotive, the SUV and crossover segment has surpassed sedan sales in the U.S. for the first time in automotive history. Retail registrations of SUVs and crossovers have totaled 36.5 percent through May 2014 while sedan registrations came in at 35.4 percent. Compared to last year, sedans were at the top of the list with 36.6 percent of the registrations while the SUV and crossover market reached 33.9 percent.
“These vehicles offer the combination of appealing features associated with both cars and light trucks, including a higher seating position, higher ground clearance, softer ride, more interior space, optional four-wheel or all-wheel drive, and towing capacity, among others,” said Tom Libby, manager, loyalty solutions and industry analysis at IHS Automotive. “Combined with the successful launches of all-new models and the introduction of redesigned existing products, these body styles offer a compelling option for the market.”
The crossover market has grown significantly in recent years with more and more offerings from various automakers worldwide. The growth in the segment has shifted consumer demand from traditional sedans to the versatility and functionality that crossovers have to offer.