The American dream used to be to follow a tried and true “upgrade” path that saw drivers move from smaller cars to bigger cars over the course of their life time. The theory was that as one’s stature in society grew, a larger vehicle was required to match.
Today, the idea that “bigger is better” doesn’t really seem to apply to the modern car market. There are premium offerings at every vehicle size, just as there are entry-level and mid-range models targeted at buyers of each class of automobile. The focus has shifted from “size matters” to “features matter,” with car companies more apt to tout fuel economy, luxury or technological goodies rather than sheer bulk.
Let’s take a look at what’s currently available from American automakers, moving from small automobiles to some of the largest vehicles on the road. Think of it as a snapshot of the wide range of options facing new car buyers in the United States today.