How America Got Addicted To Big Cars – Despite Their Downsides


Americans like big cars.

He gave the world Cadillacs with massive rear fins and oversized pickups.

In Europe, for example, small cars like city cars, subcompacts and compact cars accounted for more than 35% of sales in 2021, according to industry analyst JATO Dynamics. In the United States, these three segments accounted for just over 10% of sales.

Consumer demand has driven automakers to make bigger and bigger vehicles, and regulatory loopholes favoring trucks, some industry analysts say, also played a part in that shift.

But there are downsides. Bigger cars are more expensive – often much more – and, especially if they burn gasoline, more harmful to the environment. Crashes involving these large cars also contribute to more deaths on American roads than small vehicles, according to some research.

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