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Vehicle Body Styles | Winston-Salem, NC | Credit Union Auto Buying Service

Vehicle Body Styles


It’s important to find the vehicle body style that suits your lifestyle. For example, there are sedans, hatchbacks, coupes, trucks, SUVs, and crossovers. Not only can it be difficult to know the difference between these body styles, but there are also unique advantages to each one. Discover the major characteristics of five major body styles, to see which one suits you best.



A sedan is a four-door model that has more than 33 cubic feet in the rear of the vehicle. Sedans also have a trunk that’s separate form the cabin (as opposed to a hatchback). The sedan is a classic American design that’s both roomy and practical, making it a smart vehicle for a young family as well as anyone who want to save money at the gas pump.



The hatchback is a European-inspired design with a sporty vibe. Sometimes called a five-door car because of the latched trunk, the hatchback is best recognized by the sloped back end. The trunk is part of the cabin (which often gives you more space), and the low center of gravity optimizes handling. Offering distinct styling, the hatchback is a slightly roomier version of the sedan.



Coupes are usually two-door models with less space than a sedan. By definition, most coupes have less than 33 cubic feet in the rear area of the cabin. For those looking for an athletic, fast car, a coupe is the right option.



A pickup truck comes with a cabin and a truck bed. Most trucks have a body-on-frame design for improved towing/payload capabilities. Check out this vehicle if you need to tow, carry large loads, or brave off-road trails.



An SUV, or sport utility vehicle, is built on a truck platform with a body-on-frame design, giving it great capabilities. A crossover, however, has a unibody design that’s smoother but less capable. Both are great for carrying lots of people and plenty of cargo, but the SUV tends to be more capable while the crossover tends to be more comfortable.

Contact us at Credit Union Auto Buying Service for help narrowing down your auto options. We’ll help match you with a vehicle that suits your preferences and needs.

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