Downsizing: Which Vehicle is Best For You?

By Greg Pence, AAA Auto Buying Manager

There could be a variety of reasons for downsizing your vehicle—the kids are off to college, gas prices are on the rise, or you just want better parking options. Downsizing your car could equate to big savings on monthly payments, gas, insurance and repairs. If you can comfortably fit in a smaller car with less storage, it probably pays to downsize. Here are five options that make sense.

Small SUVs appeal to a wide range of buyers from young families to active seniors. The Honda CRV still provides cargo capacity and flexibility, proving to be better choice than its gas-guzzling counterparts.

As one of the best small sedans on the market, the Elantra looks sharp, gets great fuel economy and comes with substantial features. The sedan has wide appeal with excellent performance and is good value for drivers.

The Mazda3 is one of the safest and most attractive cars in its class. It earned a “good” rating on all of the crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, making it a great choice for downsizing.

With safety as a priority, the Subaru Impreza performed well in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and can tackle winter weather. The car gets 34 mpg on the highway and is reasonably priced.

The Ford Focus is a versatile choice; this vehicle can be purchased as a hatchback or as a sedan. The Focus is popular for its affordable starting price, fuel economy and nice features. Plus, it offers a lot of trunk space for a small car.

If you need help fi nding the perfect down-sized vehicle, call 800-590-0145 to talk with a AAA Auto Buying expert.

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