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Have You Ditched Your Roomy Ride for a Smaller Car?

Sales of large cars are in decline as drivers hunt for better mileage and models are discontinued, according to Polk.com's analysis of automotive sales trends.

The full-size non-luxury car market, which includes vehicles like the Ford Crown Victoria commonly used as police cruisers, has been on the decline since the 1970s. But in the past five years, these cars denoted by their extra-long bodies have lost more than half of their share of the market. Today, they make up just 2.3 percent of all new vehicles sold, according to an analysis of the market by Polk.com.

Drivers are looking for better fuel efficiency, makes and models are being discontinued, and dealers are phasing out full-size non-luxury cars from the showroom. 

Gone are the days of the Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis. Now, the only large non-luxury cars available are the Impala, 300, Charger, Taurus, Azera, Maxima and Avalon.

Meanwhile, consumers are opting for more modestly-sized vehicles. Midsize non-luxury cars now account for 16.7 percent of the industry — an increase from 13.4 percent five years ago. 

Have gas prices prompted you to make a car switch? Let us now in the comments.

Delphine lopez May 24, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Ditched my minivan for a Prius which gets 42mpg -vs- 13 mpg for the minivan. Easy tradeoff.
Jed May 24, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I don't FIT is these new little "coffins on wheels" - and I'd never buy a car that uses POISON batteries (a la prius) that did more damage to the environment BEFORE the car was sold than it saves over the life of the vehicle. The batteries aren't recyclable because of the toxins and no money in what's left. That's a heck of a price to pay to be "stylish". I'll keep my older Mercury that gets 34 mpg on the highway - the expense of buying a new car for such pitiful savings just doesn't pencil out. I won't by a foreign car, either. Why support some other country's economy when OURS is in the toilet? Then again - some people only think about themselves.
Cindy Brokman May 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Just like people we all come in different sizes. Personally the small cars do not fit my 6 ft frame...and even if it did I would not buy a tuna can to drive in. I was hit by a semi and thank goodness I was in an SUV....because it took the impact and not the occupants in my car.
Carol Ferrara May 25, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Agreed, small cars could be dangerous to your life. I won't buy one.

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