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.