Front passenger angle of a red 2021 Toyota Camry

How to Choose the Right Car Body Style

Vehicle Body Type Comparison

There are many different types of cars on the roads today. From the well-known sedan to the popular SUV, there is a vehicle for every driver. Before you start shopping for your first or next car, you need to know what kind of body type is best for you. Here at Broadway Credit, we will help you choose the right car body style by comparing and contrasting the most popular body types available.

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Advantages of Different Car Body Types

Front driver angle of a red 2020 Chevrolet Malibu


Sedans are popular among commuters and individuals. These vehicles have four doors, typically seat up to five passengers, and offer a trunk separated from the cabin. The biggest advantage that drivers have when choosing the sedan is affordability. Sedans are one of the most affordable body styles available, making it a popular choice among drivers shopping for their first car or those searching for a reliable replacement to their current car. Sedans are also known to be easy to handle as well as fuel-efficient.

Front passenger angle of a blue 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI


Hatchbacks are built similarly to sedans with the main difference being in cargo capacity. Hatchbacks offer a fifth door in the back to allow drivers to store belongings. This cargo area is typically connected to the cabin for easy access. While hatchbacks aren’t the sportiest of the body types, it is a great option for drivers looking for a bit of extra space than what the sedan could offer while staying affordable.

Passenger angle of a red 2020 Honda Civic Coupe


Coupes are two-door vehicles that typically offer stunning designs. Built to be sporty, coupes are often chosen by individuals seeking a thrilling driving experience and impressive handling. Coupes typically don’t have much cargo capacity nor can they seat many people, so they are recommended for one or two people to ride inside.

Front driver angle of an orange 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport


Crossovers are arguably the most popular body type today. Growing in popularity, crossovers are built off the sedan platform to be affordable and fun. Crossovers typically offer more space than hatchbacks and are a bit higher off the ground. Typically seating up to five passengers, crossovers are great options for individuals and small families.

Front passenger angle of a blue 2021 Ford Explorer


Built off the truck platform, SUVs provide plenty of off-road capability, power, and space for families. From compact SUVs seating up to five passengers to full-size SUVs seating as many as nine, the SUV is a fantastic option for families of all sizes.

Front passenger angle of a blue 2021 Chrysler Pacifica


Like SUVs, minivans are known for providing plenty of space for passengers and cargo. Unlike SUVs, minivans are low to the ground and have sliding doors, making it easy to passengers to enter and exit.

Front driver angle of a blue 2020 GMC Sierra 1500


If you need a powerhouse, consider a truck. These vehicles offer some of the strongest powertrains, making towing and hauling feel easy. With many truck models also offering off-road capabilities, traveling over difficult terrains is also possible.

Front passenger angle of a red 2020 Honda Insight


Growing in popularity, hybrids offer more fuel efficiency for drivers. By reducing emissions, drivers that choose a hybrid can save gas money and help the environment at the same time. As hybrid technology continues to advance, you can find hybrid models in a variety of body styles, such as sedans and crossovers.

Front passenger angle of a grey 2021 Hyundai Kona electric vehicle

Electric Vehicles

Also growing in popularity, electric vehicles eliminate the need of fuel by operating solely on electricity. Rather than stopping at gas stations, electric vehicles will need to be charged at a charging station or at home. Like hybrids, many body styles like sedans and crossovers offer electric variants.

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