SUV or Sedan for a Long Drive: What’s the Best Choice?

Before you embark on your long road trip, take inventory of everything you need to head out with. After you run through your list, decide how you will get to your destination. You might find yourself asking, “What’s the best choice for a long drive: SUV or sedan?”

Sedan Pros

Sedans may be smaller than SUVs, but they have their advantages. Their smaller size makes them lighter and easier to handle on the road. You can handle sharp turns and tight corners better with sedans. Being lightweight also gives them greater speed.

You may want to turn your four-day road trip into a two-day one. Remember that the sooner you arrive, the faster you can start your vacation and enjoy the new town or city you’ve traveled to. Sedans also come at a lower price and have lower maintenance costs. You may also spend less on gas because it doesn’t take a lot to fill them up.

SUV Pros

Naturally, compared to a sedan, an SUV has more space. There is more room in these vehicles to store multiple bags of luggage while still giving passengers plenty of leg room. No one wants to be cramped on a long drive, and here at Landbird, we specialize in space.

Our passenger van rentals in Portland, Maine, are the perfect SUVs for a long scenic road trip. Our vehicles hold up to 15 passengers, leaving room for their luggage too. Other than space, SUVs have better visibility and stability. With an SUV’s bulky build, cars will see them on the road, and if an accident does occur, an SUV has a better chance of sustaining the hit than a sedan.

Sedan Cons

As previously mentioned, a sedan has less space than an SUV. If your long drive includes multiple passengers and luggage, you might need to take multiple cars. For long-distance drives, it might be better to have everything and everyone in one vehicle.

Another downside of sedans is their lower reliability in bad weather. You can check as many weather reports as you want, but the weather is unpredictable. Sedans have a hard time driving in bad weather and handling off-road driving. If you take the scenic route, an SUV is the safer bet.

SUV Cons

There are not too many downsides to SUVs aside from their cost and needing a more experienced driver behind the wheel. They can be on the expensive side, but with good reason. Manufacturers design them to be safe and durable, which increases their price, and they come with a few more gadgets inside. But can you really put a price on safety?

SUVs might be more difficult to handle on the road, but an experienced and practiced driver should have no issue with them. And to make yourself more confident, you can also rent a van for a few test runs before your trip.

At Landbird, we can help you narrow down your choices and find the perfect vehicle for your long drive. Sedans are great, but SUVs are a better choice.