sedan vs crossover editorial

When it comes to choosing a vehicle in the Philippine automotive market, buyers are spoiled for choice as every manufacturer has something special to offer no matter what the category. With that in mind, two types of vehicles have become the popular choice for those looking to get an affordable yet versatile vehicle on a budget. The first is the ever-popular sedan, which has made a name for itself as the go-to for those looking to get a well-equipped vehicle that can also double as a family car.  The second is the crossover which quickly rose in popularity due to a new wave of options that entered the market offering more features but at an attainable price. It also helps that crossovers also come with the looks of an SUV but retain the ride comfort that one would normally expect from a sedan. With that in mind, we compare the sedan and the crossover to see which one will suit you the best.

GAC GS3 Emzoom

On the pricing front, subcompact sedans and crossovers are relatively close as their price ranges tend to overlap in some areas. Some examples of this would be the Honda City which ranges from P973,000 to P1,148,000and the Toyota Vios which ranges from P706,000 to P1,070,000. On the crossover side of things, models like the GAC GS3 Emzoom go for around P998,000 to P1,198,000, while another popular example the Geely Coolray goes for between P1,083,000 – P1,299,000. This puts these two kinds of vehicles fairly close to one another making them all the more enticing for just that little bit of price increase.

Honda City RS

However, in recent years, the gap has seemed to widen, and smaller crossovers have come along to address a small gap in the market. In this smaller crossover segment, models like the Kia Stonic are present and start from P835,000 to P990,000 in price, seemingly matching or even bettering subcompact sedans. Toyota has also acknowledged the importance of an affordable crossover with the Toyota Raize, which is priced between P751,000 to P1,068,000. 

Toyota Raize

These cars are within the same price range, more so if you opt for the top-of-the-line trims, which are packed with convenience and safety goodies. While this may mean that you’ll have more choices just by looking at the sticker prices, it also means that it will be a bit difficult to come up with a final choice. However, if you are willing to sacrifice a few features, or maybe a bit of size, it's hard to doubt that crossovers are compelling from a price standpoint. Sedans are still competitively priced, but the market is looking more at crossovers now, and manufacturers are paying attention and addressing the demand with model after model. 

Nissan Kicks e-Power

Another thing you might want to consider when it comes to choosing between a crossover and a sedan is their sizes. At first glance, subcompact crossovers seem to be bigger than subcompact sedans, but they’re generally not. Crossovers are shorter to match its hatchback styling, and sometimes even have shorter wheelbases. With that, interior space is compromised in subcompact crossovers.

However, you cannot deny that the added height is a big plus for many consumers. Not only does the height help out with other metrics like ground clearance and suspension travel, but it also contributes to easier ingress and egress, as taller or wider drivers and passengers will have an easier time reaching the seat or the ground. On top of that, the added height of a crossover is also good for road presence, and visibility. Some say that sedans and small cars feel dangerous to drive because either other drivers can't see the vehicle, or the driver himself doesn't have a commanding view of the road. 

Toyota Yaris Cross

While comfort is subjective as it differs from person to person, sedans typically come with a more comfortable setup. These vehicles are designed to bring the utmost comfort no matter what the brand is. It is also important to note that most of the more popular luxury brands tend to lean towards the sedan body style for their luxury line of vehicles. 

Crossovers, on the other hand, come with a more body roll compared to their sedan counterparts thanks to the extra ride height that they bring to the table. This can especially be felt when tackling long curves and winding roads. With that in mind, this could mean the difference between someone in your vehicle getting car sick or not on long road trips. However, we do have to point out that there are some crossovers out there that manage their weight well. Not all crossovers do this, and a select few from the pile can be picked out. Whenever we review crossovers, we make sure to pay attention to the body roll and how the car shifts its weight in corners, going over bumps, and also rolling over humps. Comfort also comes into play at high speeds on the expressway, and sedans may have the aerodynamic edge, but you can still be cocooned well inside a nice crossover, though more effort is required to dampen the sound from the wind and the road on the manufacturer's end. 

In short, it really depends on how a car is built. For the most part, however, most sedans are more than comfortable enough to deal with bumps and potholes on the road in a nice and fuss-free manner. Crossovers are based on sedan platforms, employing a unibody construction. It will depend on how the manufacturer has actually made that leap that can make or break the comfort of a particular automobile. 

2023 Hyundai Creta

In terms of flexibility, this is where crossovers come with an advantage. The bigger cargo space that they have along with the flexible seating configurations that they carry allow owners of these kinds of vehicles to use their cars both for transport and cargo hauling. Sedans are limited in what they can fit in the back of the truck, thus the trunk itself is the limiting factor for the vehicle even if the second-row seats can be folded forward. The problem with sedans are the trunk lid and trunk openings themselves. While a lot of sedans have more than 400 liters of space in the subcompact segment, the openings aren't usually wide. Crossovers, meanwhile, get to enjoy a door at the back. Cargo loading is much easier with a wide opening, and it doesn't matter if you have 500 liters of boot space when the door you need to fit your item through can't accommodate. 

In addition to this, crossovers also have added space from the ground is a huge advantage especially when you’re going to places you’re not familiar with. Light off-roads and shin-deep floods are a cinch to crossovers, which are places you won’t dare drive your sedan onto. Some even come with all-wheel-drive as is the case with Subaru's lot of flexible and functional models like the Forester or Outback

Nissan Almera

The differences between sedans and crossovers are like apples and oranges in December – both are priced similarly, but one keeps the doctor away while the other gives you a healthy dose of Vitamin C.

Ford Territory

If you really have to choose between the two body styles then remember these things when choosing between the two: subcompact sedans are for people who like the best ride comfort out of his or her car. It’s more of a touring vehicle on a platform that has been proven over time, which makes it the safer choice. However, it’s less flexible than a crossover, so you have to be very cautious in the places you go to. Flooded areas are definitely a no-no for these low-riding vehicles.

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