Detroit Free Press

Relax, America. Nobody’s going to take your sedans away. In fact, there are some great deals to be had on very good cars, thanks in no small part to the surge in SUV sales.

There’s been confusion about this since Ford announced it will stop building and selling sedans and station wagons in the United States. Ford’s decision was the extreme case of an environment in which all automakers are emphasizing SUVs because they can charge higher prices for vehicles like a Honda CR-V than an Accord, a Ford Escape than a Focus, or a Chevy Equinox than a Cruze.

That’s how markets work. It’s good business for automakers.

But when everything’s running right, markets also work for consumers. In this case, it that means you can get a terrific sedan for thousands of dollars less than a similarly equipped small SUV.

Bottom line? If you don’t care about the availability of all-wheel drive and the improved visibility an SUV’s height gives _ that is, if you’re part of the “They’ll pry my sedan out of my cold, dead hands” crew _ you can save serious bucks, and still get the type of vehicle you want.

Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai aren’t about to stop building cars because they sell big numbers and their cars have a reputation that allows them to charge more than Ford and Chevy can, even if it’s not as much as all leading automakers can all charge for small SUVs.

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