Many factors go into your car-buying decision: What’s your budget? Where do you drive? How often? What features are important to you? Whatever your transportation needs are, there’s a car that meets your style and requirements.
Consider these popular vehicle types during your search:
Hybrid or Electric Vehicle (EV)
A hybrid vehicle offers excellent fuel efficiency, combining the power of a gas engine with an electric motor to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. You’ll diminish your carbon footprint while enjoying better gas mileage. Many vehicle models – even trucks – are now offered as hybrids. Hybrid vehicles may cost as much as 20 percent more than their closest all-gas equivalent.1 Depending on fuel prices, owners may not see a return on the premium paid for a hybrid vehicle over a gas-powered vehicle for several years.1
Another alternative to explore may be an electric vehicle or EV. Depending on the make and driving conditions, today’s electric models can travel between 60 and 315 miles on a full charge.2 If you opt for an EV, look for charging stations near your home or workplace.
Do you just want a car to get you from point A to point B? Whether it’s for work or a weekend getaway, a reliable sedan will get you there. They come in four sizes: subcompact, compact, midsize or full-size.3
Plus, with their lower suspension and a lighter weight, sedans are more fuel-efficient than larger, heavier vehicles.
Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)
If you’re looking for a ride with space, a versatile SUV can deliver. Most SUVs come with standard all-wheel drive, offering excellent handling capability in all types of weather.
SUVs can be car-based or truck-based. A car-based (or crossover) SUV typically features a more comfortable ride with sharper handling. A crossover also weighs less, so it has better fuel economy. Most SUVs are crossovers.4 A truck-based SUV is heavier, with better off-road and towing capability.5
Minivans offer ample seating for multiple passengers, as well as plenty of storage. Sliding doors and easy-open trunks make them an accessible choice. Some models come with options such as in-car entertainment, video screens and Wi-Fi. Many minivans have excellent safety ratings, but only one model, Toyota Sienna, offers all-wheel drive.6