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More Luxury Auto Buyers Opt for Chunky SUVs Over Svelte Sedans

  • Premium crossover boom follows broader shift in auto market
  • Growth in electric sedans may pose challenge to SUV ascendancy
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Mercedes-Benz GLSPhotographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

When Daniel Tijerina decided to trade-up from a Subaru Impreza sedan into a luxury brand, he didn’t look at a sporty coupe with speed aplenty or cushy sedans with sleek silhouettes. Instead, he drove home last month in a new Cadillac XT4, a plastic-clad crossover SUV.

What it lacks in handling and panache, the squat General Motors Co. sports utility vehicle made up for in attributes the 25-year-old credit analyst wanted: A car-like ride with high seating and touchscreen apps that make it easy to order a pizza en route to his Fort Worth, Texas-area home.