There is a major shift happening among American car-buyers. We are a society moving away from the traditionally best-selling four-door sedans, and instead choosing crossovers and SUVs. The shift has been ongoing for more than a year, and has had such a negative impact on sedan sales that automakers are pushing big incentives to move cars off dealership lots nation-wide.
While prices for trucks, crossovers, and SUVs are on the rise, car prices are either falling, maintaining, or rising just slightly, making it an ideal time to get in a new car.
“It’s definitely a good time to buy a midsize car,” says Jessica Caldwell, senior analyst at Edmunds.com. Almost every midsize sedan is comfortable, looks good and performs well, so price is nearly the only differentiator, she says.
Nissan reports record sales for its Altima in August this year – up four percent, which was reached in part due to special offers, deals, and incentives. Edmunds estimates that Altima sedan discounts were $2,293, up five percent from last year.
The shift to crossovers and utility vehicles will likely continue well into the future, but may slow down next year. Jeff Schuster, executive vice president of forecasting for LMC Automotive, says while the shift will continue, eventually crossover SUV buyers will find the deals on cars too good to pass up.
Whether you’re looking for a great deal on an Altima, or prefer a crossover or SUV, Nissan of Lake Charles has the right fit for you. Stop by today!