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Practicality & Affordability: Why Sedans Are Becoming More Popular

While trucks, SUVs, and crossovers have reigned supreme for years, the classic sedan is becoming more popular.

Trucks, SUVs and crossovers — oh my. What's a poor sedan to do?

There was a time when sedans were king of the roads. If you needed more cargo room, you bought a station wagon. But those days are long gone. Trucks, SUVs, and crossovers have reigned supreme, basically, since the gas shortages of the 1970s.

But sedans have been quietly doing their thing this whole time, getting us from point A to B without any fanfare besides the occasional headline. And while there are fewer choices these days, the remaining ones have upped their game to stay competitive.

"You can get a nice sedan for $25,000 ... These are things that are loaded and comfortable, and easy to get a family of four — maybe five — in, depending on the size. And hey, it’s a bargain out there. And most of them get really good gas mileage, also," says Mark Savage, auto reviewer for Savage On Wheels and editor of Scale Auto magazine. 

Dan Harmon was one of the original members of Lake Effect (formerly At Ten). He started at WUWM in November of 1998 and left December of 2015 after 17 years of production.
Mark Savage writes the auto review column, Savage On Wheels, for WUWM (formerly for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) and Savageonwheels.com. He is the former executive editor of American Snowmobiler magazine and FineScale Modeler magazine, both part of Kalmbach Media in Waukesha.