Automakers selling to American consumers finally seem to have gotten the message that buyers want cars and SUVs that allow them to trim their gas bills while at the same time providing comfortable rides in stylish, roomy vehicles.
When a car is integral to your business as it is in real estate, you need options for saving money on gas, which now tops $3 a gallon in most parts of the country. Thankfully, the auto industry is delivering.
Crossovers may look a lot like conventional SUVs, but under the skin they use a more car-like chassis. They’re also usually a lot more nimble to drive than truck-based utes. And perhaps best of all, they generally yield far better mileage than what some industry analysts like to call “truck-trucks.”
Depending on your priorities, you may demand a vehicle that performs under the toughest conditions; keeps you and your passengers comfy, safe, and entertained; or keeps fuel bills in check. With the 2005 models, you can score on all those criteria.
There was a time when it took Washington regulators to mandate better automotive safety systems. Not anymore. Motorists have come to expect the best products the industry can design. And the cars coming to market in 2005 will be the safest yet.
For real estate pros, these crossover vehicles offer the best of both worlds: higher seating, all-wheel drive, typically, and better handling and fuel economy compared with SUVs. Like SUVs, there’s more cargo space for signs. And clients and customers will appreciate rear seats that are roomier than those of comparable class sedans and SUVs.