If you’ve ever thought to yourself that you want more cargo room in your vehicle and aren’t drawn to a minivan, you’re not alone. If you’re accustomed to a compact car, driving a minivan may even seem like a far jump in size. So how can you enjoy the flexibility of more cargo space without having to commit to a minivan? We’re blessed to have many options in the Canadian vehicle market, though sometimes that can be overwhelming. Here are a few important categories to consider that will help you narrow down your search.
Hatchback vs Sedan
Over the last few years, compact sedans have been available as a hatchback design too. The primary difference is in the trunk. This is a great fit for drivers who like the size of a compact vehicle and want more cargo space. For example, the 2021 offers over 56% more cargo capacity in its hatchback design compared to the sedan. I still have a 2004 Toyota Corolla with over 550,000 kms so, with proper maintenance, vehicles can last quite a while. It has served my family well!
Sedan vs SUV
SUVs are in more demand from Canadian drivers than ever before. Without being all that much larger than a Toyota Corolla, the 2021 Toyota Venza, for example, offers increased cargo room for sports equipment and weekend getaways, plus split-folding rear seats that open up for more options. SUVs also offer up an elevated ride height. Many SUVs also have all-wheel drive available which allows more traction on slippery roads.
Compact vs Full-Size Sedans
If you enjoy driving a car and don’t want an elevated ride height, consider a full-size sedan. These vehicles give you more cabin room, cargo space, and an option for additional horsepower. The size of the engine is important and it depends on how you’ll use the vehicle. If you expect to carry more cargo weight, consider the larger engine because it will work efficiently with the added weight when compared to a smaller engine. The 2020 Toyota Camry delivers over 15% more cargo capacity than the 2021 Toyota Corolla, is available in two engine sizes or with a hybrid motor.
Hybrid technology has improved since it was first introduced in passenger vehicles a few decades ago. This technology combines a conventional internal combustion engine with an electric motor and hybrid battery. The hybrid vehicle is more fuel-efficient compared to a conventional gasoline engine and it’s the best of both worlds, so to speak. You’ll still fuel up at the gas station, albeit less frequently, and you don’t need to worry about range or plugging in to charge because the hybrid battery is charged when you brake (what the industry refers to as regenerative braking).
When it comes to driving a hybrid vehicle, the technology is seamless so many drivers don’t notice the transition between electric and gas power. Hybrid vehicles don’t compromise on performance and are able to respond quickly to acceleration on demand. You may think you don’t need this because you won’t be driving fast, but consider this: responsive acceleration is about getting to the speed you want in the timeframe that you need. It’s important if you’re trying to pass another vehicle, merge into a lane at a higher speed, or need to perform an emergency manoeuvre.
The 2021 Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV4, and Toyota Venza have hybrid technology available, in addition to other Toyota vehicles in the lineup.
Depending on what your driving style is and what your preferences are (for example cargo space, ride height, etc) there are many options available to fit your lifestyle!
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