When shopping for a car, you want to carefully evaluate the market to determine the most promising vehicle to match the specific needs and requirements. There are seven main types of vehicle: hybrids, station wagons, convertibles, mini vans, SUV's, coupes, and sedans.


A two or four door sedan is the most popular style of vehicle on the road. They are appreciated for the high safety ratings and stand in the region of 185 to 195 inches in length. Sedans include a decent size truck for ease in transporting cargo in the rear of the vehicle. The sedan category also includes the hatchbacks, which includes the lift-gate and five-seat option. Hatchbacks can offer more cargo space compared to the regular sedans.

Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs)

SUVs originally appeared on the market to offer a vehicle with passenger capacity similar to a minivan and towing capacity of a truck. SUVs have a spacious rear cargo area. Many of the latest sport utility vehicles on the market are starting to become a popular alternative to the typical family sedan. Standard features include comfortable seating for 5 to 7 passengers, high engine capacity; generous interior and off-road capabilities.


A versatile vehicle like the minivan offers spacious seating for 7 to 9 passengers, with 3 rows of seats, large cargo area, and sliding doors. These vehicles offer the option to adapt the seating and cargo capacity to match the intended use. A typical minivan has the capacity to hold more cargo than the mid-size sport utility vehicle. Seats often lift out or fold flat to the floor. They come in 3 standard sizes: compact, regular and large, while also having front-wheel drive.


Many of the convertible models are included in the luxury-brand range and have 2-seat or 4-seat options with engine capacities at 4, 6, or 8 cylinders. A convertible roof operates via electric sensors or hydraulics. The actual roof structure is designed to conveniently open and close, and packs away in the truck or behind the rear seats. A convertible generally has restricted trunk space when the roof is in the open position.


A 2-door vehicle like the coupe has a large size hatchback rather than a trunk which gives a more spacious area for loading cargo. The rear seats with the slopping roof are difficult to reach comfortably and this means the coupe is a more practical option for seating 2 people.

Station Wagons

Station wagons are a larger edition of the hatchback and offer a choice of interior configurations to make seating and cargo space more versatile. The 3 rows of seats are designed to fold or remove. A station wagon offers spacious seating for 6 to 9 passengers. A rear suspension set-up helps to increase the load limit at the back of the vehicle.


A hybrid car relies on a combination of an electric motor and combustion engine to act as driving force. They are designed to offer the best fuel efficiency of the available cars in the market. Certain models of minivans, SUVs, convertibles, coupes, and sedans are manufactured as hybrid cars.