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Maybe we oversimplify it. Maybe we don’t.

Take one Honda Match or Chevrolet Sonic or Mazda 2, alter the outside physique panels, clad the wheel arches or bumpers in a modest quantity of black plastic, periodically route energy to the rear wheels with none fancy AWD techniques, elevate the roofline, and improve experience peak only a bit. Use a typical small automotive engine, the identical transmissions, and most of the similar inside bits.

The end result: HR-V, Trax, CX-Three. Name it a crossover. Dare even to name it an SUV.

After which, based on Kelley Blue Guide, cost clients $7,700 extra for the privilege.

The truth that automakers at the moment are routinely promoting extra SUVs/crossovers than vehicles is just a part of the equation. Utility automobile market share now stands at 41 % in the US. By way of the primary half of 2017, meaning SUVs/crossovers outsold vehicles by roughly 350,000 items.

However as KBB’s Jack Nerad tells Automotive Information, “A taller automobile isn’t considerably tougher to fabricate than a shorter automobile reminiscent of a sedan.” Thus, a hefty proportion of these 350,000 extra gross sales got here with little further price to manufactures and an entire lot of additional price to the client.

With common transaction costs of $24,411 in June 2017, subcompact crossover transaction costs weren’t simply increased than subcompacts. They have been 19-percent increased than the ATPs on compact vehicles, based on KBB, and really practically on par with midsize automotive transaction costs.2017 Honda CR-V - Image: HondaTransfer one rung up the ladder to compact SUVs/crossovers such because the Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape and common transaction costs rose 1 %, year-over-year, to $28,355 in June 2017. That’s 39-percent increased than the ATPs on the compact vehicles with which many of those automobiles share a platform and 13-percent increased than the ATPs on the midsize vehicles with which we so typically assume they compete.

Then there are the midsize SUVs and crossovers such because the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer, automobiles that require $37,572 expenditures on common, a considerable 2-percent year-over-year improve within the common transaction value within the section. That’s 50-percent extra than the ATP on a midsize automotive; 9-percent extra than the ATP on a full-size sedan.2017 Ford Explorer - Image: FordU.S. auto gross sales are down 2 % by the first-half of 2017, however SUV/crossover quantity has really grown 6 %, year-over-year, in contrast with 2016’s document outcomes. It’s the automotive sector, with the a lot decrease cost-to-customer, that’s bringing industry-wide quantity down. In contrast with 2016, automotive quantity is down by roughly 422,000 items in early 2017.

Thus, as automakers lose 70,000 passenger automotive gross sales monthly, automakers choose up about half that many SUV/crossover gross sales, plus about eight,500 full-size pickup truck gross sales monthly, as properly.

Buying and selling deeply incentivized purchases of $20,465 compact vehicles for gross sales of $24,411 subcompact crossovers or $28,355 compact crossovers ain’t unhealthy in any respect. And for the few automakers that make hay off $46,811 full-size pickup vans, properly, that’s gravy.

[Images: General Motors]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Reality About Automobiles and and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.internet. Comply with on Twitter @timcaincars.

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