3 Car and Truck Trends to Expect Over the Next Few Years

Are you in the market for a new vehicle? Whether you fancy a compact sedan or a powerful pick-up truck, deciding on a new vehicle can be a challenging endeavor. There are so many things to consider, like fuel efficiency, safety features, and comfort. Oh, and don’t forget the importance of driving around in style. 

With so many considerations to be made, it’s more important than ever to consider the up-and-coming trends of the car and truck industry. Not only will this keep you informed, but it will also help you to buy a car, truck, or SUV of your dreams. 

Big Vehicles Will Rule the Market Once Again

Between the years of 2011 and 2014, gas prices raised to scary-high levels. During these years, you were lucky if you could fill your tank for less than $4 per gallon. Because of this, drivers began to gravitate towards smaller, fuel-efficient cars. Bye bye GM Hummer, hello Toyota Prius

But things are changing once again, and gas prices have remained steadily affordable for several years. This means that more people are turning to large vehicles once again, like trucks and SUVs.

Cheaper gas cost isn’t the only reason to make the switch to a larger-than-life truck or SUV. Manufacturers are focusing more than ever on fuel efficiency, and that includes large vehicle makes. There is even some speculation that the Ford F150, the top-selling vehicle in America, will feature both hybrid and electric options for the 2021 model. Though its unclear whether Ford will be ready by then to release an electric version without sacrificing power, they’ve made their intentions clear. Big vehicles are perfect for hauling, towing, and soccer-momming all over the place, and now they’re becoming more fuel-efficient than ever. 

New Plug-In Models on the Way

Hybrids are becoming more popular than ever, but what’s gaining even more popularity is the full-on electric vehicle. We’re all familiar with the fancy Tesla plug-in, but more car manufacturers are focusing on their electric vehicle offering. There’s a big reason for this; drivers are opting for electric because they’re able to earn a major annual tax credit for their environmental good-doings. 

Although the Tesla continuously ranks as a top performer for luxury electric cars, more big names in the car industry are hopping on board. So if you already have good things to say about EVs, just wait…there’s is a lot more electric driving innovation to come, many expected to come as early as 2021. 

It’s Time to Go Back to Simplicity

Over the years, car manufacturers have forgotten the importance of simplicity. Every new car model to hit the market since 2010 has been fancier than the last. Now, major vehicle manufacturers are focusing on going back to the basics with simple designs that are easy to use. 

This doesn’t mean you have to give up on luxury, just that each button, knob, and special feature within your new car will be easy to use. Rather than tons of small buttons on the dashboard that remain a mystery to the driver, cars will feature large buttons, easy-to-turn knobs, and simple designs. 

Best Options For Electric Cars That Are Not A Tesla

Tesla definitely has a big place in the electric car market. When people hear the words electric car, their minds often go straight to thinking of a Tesla. The high up front cost of a Tesla though turns a lot of people away. Many people also don’t like the design as it is a bit odd. So if you are looking for an electric car that isn’t a Tesla, take a look at this list.

Hyundai Kona Electric

The Hyundai Kona Electric is a crossover style vehicle with 4 doors and manages to be visually appealing. It comes with regenerative breaking and a fast acceleration. Both of these make the car an obvious contender in the electric car world. The Kona won an Editor’s Choice Award from Edmund.

One of the first reasons that people start looking at the Hyundai Kona Electric is the mileage available on the stock version. At 258 miles on a full charge, the car is capable of traveling further than other non-Tesla electric cars. Distance isn’t always a factor for buyers but everyone wants to know that they can get around without having to worry about charging their car.

In addition to the distance you will notice that the cars all come with a SAE combo charger that allows you to plug your car into a DC outlet to get some fast charging when you stop somewhere that doesn’t have electric car charging available. This can be a big help if you are worried about running out of distance.

Nissan Leaf

Besides the Tesla, the Nissan Leaf might be one of the most well-known electric car. It has a slick hatchback design that makes it easy to pick out amongst other cars. Despite the hatchback design though, it feels like it has more room than other cars of its size. Taller drivers may have a little trouble with the steering wheel as it does not telescope like a lot of wheels.

The base model of the leaf comes with a more limited mileage than some of the other options here but you can choose to go for the Leaf Plus which increases the distance you can travel on one charge. On the base model you will find the average mileage being around 150 miles. On the pro, you will find mileage around 226 miles on a charge.

Compared to other non-Tesla models the Nissan Leaf excels at being quite and driving smoothly. This makes it fun to drive and a nicer experience than some other cars.

Chevy Bolt

Before the Hyundai Kona, the only other electric car that came close to reaching the same distance as the Tesla. You get about 238 miles in range. For city drivers that might not be needed but it is great for when you have to drive a distance.

The hatchback design of the Chevy Bolt is a surprisingly good option. While the trunk is small when you look at the numbers, it is design in a way that makes loading stuff incredibly easy.

Drivers buy the Chevy Bolt for the good driving range and the quality of the build. Most of those who buy this powerful car are more than happy with their purchase. Small complains include the seat being a little abnormally designed and the interior being a little on the cheap but durable side.

These are just a few of the options that are out there for Tesla alternatives. Car companies are coming out with more all electric models regularly as we try to treat our planet better. If you want some other options check out the Hyundai Ioniq and the BMW i3.