There are so many different types of car bodies… which is right for you?
Buying a new car, whether you’re a first time buyer or even a seasoned veteran, can be difficult. There are so many different types of car body types, makes and models that it can quickly become overwhelming to decide which one is best suited for your needs. There are many things to closely consider before making such a large investment. Do you have a large family or will you be the only person utilizing the car? Do you need tons of storage and cargo space or can you get by with less? What is your maximum allotted budget for a new vehicle?
These questions and so many more will begin to shape what car body type you will be searching for. That is why the following list and description of seven of the most popular car body types has been assembled. They are, in no particular order, as follows:
A truck is the perfect vehicle for those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Truck owners are usually quite handy and often need the truck bed to haul equipment from one location to the next. Many even require one for work if they work in a labor intensive field such as construction. The average price for a new 2017 pickup truck was just over $32,000, but of course trucks could be found cheaper or more expensive than this depending on what features were and were not included. Check out our Truck Buying Guide.
A sedan can be defined as any vehicle that has both four doors as well as a separate trunk space with a lift gate that does not fall into the hatchback class of vehicles. It is one of the most common vehicles on the road today and serves as a great commuter car. A brand new sedan will run you in the neighborhood of $18,000 to $22,000 depending on the features you require.
Similar to a sedan, a coupe has a separate trunk space with a lift gate that does not fall into the hatchback class of vehicle but instead has only 2 doors and a fixed roof. The price of a coupe can vary widely because many luxury vehicles are considered a coupe, but a reasonable expectation for one is in the neighborhood of $20,000.
Sport utility vehicles, more commonly known as SUVs, are designed to handle more rugged terrain. They are more of a car than a truck but have additional cargo like a truck while being fully enclosed. Because they are larger, SUVs usually are more expensive ranging from $35,000 to $40,000 for a brand new one.
Minivans are the perfect family car. There is plenty of space for all of the kids and their belongings and they often come with three rows of seating. Some models even include entertainment systems which are sure to keep the kids happy. The average cost of a minivan is roughly $33,000.
A hatchback is a vehicle that can have two or four doors but does not have a separate trunk space. Instead, a rear door swings upward to gain access to more limited trunk space. The rear seats often fold down, however, in case you should need additional cargo room. The average cost of hatchback is around $18,000.
A crossover can be thought of as a mix between an SUV and a regular passenger vehicle. It is usually somewhere in between the sizes of these two cars and can offer the best of both worlds for some. The average price of current crossovers is roughly $30,000.
Popular models include the Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Crosstrek.
Regardless of what type of car you’re looking for, be sure to do your research so as to get exactly what you want and maximize the value of your purchase. Bryant Motors features an inventory of used and new vehicles of all body types and is always ready to help you find the right car for your needs.