To do a new car comparison, it is important to compare apples to apples. In other words, it would be unwise to compare SUVs to compact cars. Any new car comparison should take similar classes of cars and see how they stack up against each other.
Let’s take the coupe market first and compare the Volkswagen Golf, Dodge Caliber, Kia Soul Exclaim, and Mazda 3S Sport. These cars are priced between $ 17,000 and $ 19,000. One difference is that the Golf has a 2.5-liter engine while the 3S Sport has only a 2-liter engine. The Exclaim Soul and Sport have significantly less displacement than the Golf or Caliber. And, if safety is a consideration, the Kia doesn’t have front side airbags, but the other 3 do.
There are also similarities and differences at the other end of the spectrum. Two very similar cars are the Rolls Royce Ghost and the Mercedes Benz S-Class. But the prices of the two cars are not very similar. The Ghost starts at $ 245,000 while the S-Class starts at $ 133,000.
Let’s now take a look at four vehicles in the SUV market: the Kia Sportage, Suzuki Sportback, Nissan Rogue, and Mitsubishi Outlander. These SUVs range from $ 19,000 to $ 22,000. Part of the difference can be seen in the horsepower of each vehicle. For example, the Sportage has just 140 horsepower, while the Rogue has 170. Another difference is highway miles per gallon with the Sportage coming last at 25 mpg while the Sportback leads the group at 30.
When doing a new car comparison, be sure to compare apples to apples. A Mini Cooper is not in the same class as a minivan and should not be treated as such.