Vehicle Body Styles: What’s the Difference?

Shopping for a new car? One of the first things you’ll need to narrow down is which type of vehicle type is right for you. These include trucks, SUV, and sedans, but there are also some basic distinctions that many car shoppers are unfamiliar with. For instance, what’s the difference between and SUV or a crossover? What distinguishes a sedan from a hatchback or coupe?

According to Car and Bike, the differences between a sedan, hatchback, and coupe has to do with space and exterior design. A hatchback often has the most cargo space, as the trunk connects to the cabin and opens upward like a liftgate (hatchbacks are often called five-door models). A sedan has four doors, and a coupe has two, though the actual distinction between the two is rear seating volume: A sedan has at least 33 cubic feet of interior space, but a coupe has less than that.

The distinction between an SUV and crossover is a little less clear, often because many manufacturers use the terms interchangeably. However, an SUV is technically built on a truck platform, with the body and chassis as separate components. A crossover has a unibody design, which means the body and chassis are connected (it’s usually a car platform, too). SUVs are more rugged, but crossovers are more efficient.

If you need more questions answered while you’re shopping for your next vehicle, call Tom Kelley CDJR. We’d be glad to clear up any confusion you have about vehicle body styles or other topics.