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Walking across the average car lot these days, we have more choices than ever before. Henry ford once said, “My customers can have their cars in any color they want, as long as it’s black.” Now, we see cars in all shapes and sizes, and in every color of the rainbow.
How do we choose? What do we need? Which automobile is going to serve us for the longest amount of time? For most of us out there, a car is a major investment, and the thought that such a huge purchase might be obsolete in a few years is a scary thought. Here are some helpful tips to help you work your way through all of the choices available today.
I love trucks. They’re powerful, they’re utilitarian, and they haul stuff. Most, however are not practical for the average person. The average truck gets anywhere from 8 – 16 miles per gallon, and with the price of gas being what it is, if you have a commute to make to work, the standard size trucks will eat you alive in gas money. Not to mention, most trucks are two seaters which limits passengers for those of us with families. Crew cab trucks can seat three additional people in the back, but usually at the sacrifice of bed space. If you need a work vehicle, and routinely have to haul things around though, a truck might be just what you need. If you have a boat, or a camper, you definitely could use one.
Again gas mileage is generally a factor with the SUV, but you’ll usually be in the middle 20’s gas mileage wise. There is cargo room, and room for 5 in all of them, 8 in the larger models. This is the family vehicle of choice for those with large families who can afford the gas. If you plan to off road, these are also a decent choice, as many of them are 4 wheel drive and have good ground clearance.
Coupe (2 door car):
If you’re single, or a teenager, this is what you need. Most coupes give good gas mileage, and have a host of other safety features which parents like. The back seats are enough to haul a few friends if needed, but all in all this is the economical choice for someone on a budget.
Sedan (4 door):
If you have a small family, this is usually the go to. There is enough room for 4 sometimes 5 people, good trunk space, and most will get mileage in the upper 20’s to low 30’s, Which is a big help to new parents who spend most of their money on formula and diapers.