Defining Vehicle Body Styles: Hatches, Coupes, Sedans, and More

defining vehicle body styles
Explaining The Hatchback

Defining vehicle body styles is not as difficult as it may seem. Although different terminology is used for various models, including hatchbacks, coupes, wagons, and more, there are relatively simple distinctions between the various styles. Understanding the various vehicle types will allow you to shop better, and it will help you to understand the jargon of the industry.

According to Edmunds, some automakers actually make it difficult to categorize their vehicles on purpose, making the models “stand out” on the market. However, many still use roughly the same criteria. Various body styles include: hatchbacks (or a “hatch”), coupe, convertible/cabriolet, sedan, crossover, SUV. These are just some of the most popular

  • Hatchback – with two or four doors, a hatch has a sloped back and a hinged cargo hatch (a trunk liftgate) that opens upwards. These European-inspired designs are usually fuel-efficient space savers.
  • Coupe – most coupes have two doors and a conventional trunk, as well as a sloped roof. Small sports cars are often referred to as coupes. Technically, the name is designated for cars with less than 33 cu ft of rear interior volume; however, not all manufacturers are so technical.
  • Convertible – drop the top and feel the wind through your hair. Also called a “cabriolet” in Europe, convertibles come with both soft- and hard-top designs.
  • Sedan – this is your standard four-door design. Technically, sedans have more than 33 cu ft of rear interior volume, so it is possible to have a two-door sedan. Again, most manufacturers are less technical. Sedans tend to be large and spacious.
  • Crossover – a blend between a sedan and an SUV, crossovers are usually smaller than their SUV counterparts, and crossovers have sloped roofs. They also have a unibody design, which means the body is attached to the frame.
  • SUV – these are all-American designs with separate bodies and frames. Built to be large and to have great off-road capabilities, SUVs are iconic. Usually the size gives it away.

These are the most common body styles you will encounter on the road. For more information, stop by Ewing Buick GMC in Plano, TX today.

GMC Android Auto Expands to 2016 Canyon, Sierra, and Yukon

GMC Android Auto
Android Auto & GMC

GMC is getting a massive software upgrade for Android Auto, enabling compatibility for the 2016 Canyon, Sierra, and Yukon. Model equipped with the eight-inch IntelliLink touchscreen system will now have the option to select Android Auto.

According to GMC, this is in addition to Apple CarPlay, a feature that has been expanded to appear with the arrival of the all-new 2017 GMC Acadia. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay allow drivers to connect to their smartphones easily.

“Providing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility ushers in a new era of staying connected in a convenient manner,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president, Buick and GMC.

GMC Android Auto features are built around Google Maps, Google Now, and the ability to talk to Google. Messaging apps include WhatsApp, Google Play Music, Spotify, and more. The new Android Auto and Apple CarPlay options are in addition to the OnStar 4G LTE connectivity that is now being offered most new GMC models. Third-party apps will also be available, letting you select the apps you want to use.

Discover Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in our new GMC models for yourself at Ewing Buick GMC in Plano, TX