Whether your children have grown up and you no longer need the minivan, the old car got totaled, or your old car is no longer worth fixing, there comes a time when you either need or want a new vehicle.

There are five basic body types that you should consider buying: hybrids, sedans, vans/minivans, SUVs/CUVs, and pickup trucks. Other body types include: coupes, convertibles, hatchbacks, and station wagons. All vehicles have different features, gas mileage, sizes, and other specifications that make them unique. Each type of vehicle varies depending upon the year, make, model, and trim.

To explain this further, the year is when the vehicle was made. The make of the vehicle refers to who made the vehicle such as the manufacturer. The model refers to the brand of the vehicle, also known as a mark, and the model of a vehicle comes with different sizes and capabilities. The trim of a vehicle refers to its special features such as either having cloth or leather interior. For example, a 2016 Ford Escape Titanium and a 2016 Ford Escape SE is the same type, make, and model, but the only difference between them are their features. You can think of trim as identifying which vehicle is more luxurious, and the more luxurious the vehicle, the more expensive it will be.

TIP: If you go to a dealership not knowing what you want to buy and the salesman points you to a vehicle without asking you any probing questions about what you used to drive, what you liked about your old car, what you want in your new car, etc., then walk out. That company clearly doesn’t care about you. They are only interested in selling cars.

Hybrids

Hybrids

A hybrid car functions a lot like a sedan, but there is one major difference between a hybrid and a sedan. A hybrid combines the use of a gasoline engine and an electric motor, whereas sedans only use gasoline. Hybrids offer the best in gas mileage, run very quietly, are environment friendly, and are durable. The batteries last for more than 100,000 miles, so you shouldn’t have to replace it any time soon. However, if you leave a light on overnight, don’t expect to be able to turn the car on in the morning. Not all hybrids are built the same, and most makes and models are very expensive, so make sure that you do your homework!

Sedans

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Sedans are the most common vehicle on the market. They are relatively small vehicles that either come with two doors or four doors, room for passengers, and a trunk. They usually can seat the driver plus four passengers. Sedans are great for commuting due to their better gas mileage, and they are generally the smallest and easiest vehicle to both drive and park, so they’re perfect for your teenager’s first vehicle! However, they are not designed to tow heavy objects, but some models have the capability of towing small trailers or campers. They also don’t have a lot of room for storage, so they’re not great for taking them on family vacations.

Vans/Minivans

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Vans have rear and side doors as well as side panels that are better suited for small businesses that want to haul either a lot of gear or transport people. They offer a large amount of space and/or passenger seating. Minivans, on the other hand, are designed with families in mind. Minivans are more stylish than vans, and they offer more features for you passengers, but they sacrifice a little bit of space. Minivans are excellent alternatives for large families whose dad’s would rather not buy a school bus. They don’t have the best gas mileage, but they offer the best visibility for the driver, space for passengers, and plenty of storage space.

SUVs/CUV

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An SUV, or a sports utility vehicle, is a rugged automobile that has a chassis of a truck but looks like a sedan/station wagon. A CUV, also known as a crossover utility vehicle, is a vehicle built on a car platform and combining features of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) with features from a passenger vehicle, especially those of a station wagon or hatchback. SUVs and CUVs are great alternatives to a minivan. If you have a small or mid-sized family, and you don’t want to hurt your pride by buying a minivan, then you should consider getting either a SUV or CUV. They also work great in any weather, especially snow. That doesn’t mean that you can go faster than the speed limit during inclement weather. They have excellent ground clearance, plenty of space, and have good visibility, but they consume more gas than most vehicles. They also have decent towing capabilities that are much better than a sedan, but they are not as good as a truck.

Pickup Trucks

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Trucks are the workhorses of the modern age. They are designed to haul and transport heavy objects, so they can take a beating. They come with either regular or extended cabs, which the latter is primarily used to add more seating in order to transport more workers to a job site. They also come with different sized beds, which are perfect for moving and storing items. Trucks are also designed to be the most durable vehicle, and they also offer good visibility and are good in inclement weather, but they suffer a lot on gas mileage due to the size and power of their engines.

Let’s Hear From You!

Which type of car is your favorite, and why? Does it look better, have more features, or is it simply the easiest to drive? Which type of car is your least favorite? Would you like to add an advantage or disadvantage to any vehicle? I like driving SUVs and Minivans because they are the easiest to drive. They have excellent fields of view, but I’d rather not be caught driving a Minivan. There were a lot of times when I wished I had a pickup truck because they are great for transporting all kinds of stuff. Having a pickup truck is convenient when you have to move! Sedans are nice because they are the smallest and generally have the best gas mileage, and are the easiest to park, but don’t expect to move a couch with one.