Different Types of Cars for First-Time Car Buyers

If you haven’t been a car enthusiast since you could see or don’t know much of anything about cars, this article is for you. Buying your first car, or any car for that matter can be confusing if you don’t know what you want. To start the process of knowing what you want, you need to know what type of car you want to drive. Consider the following types of cars to help you make that decision.

Hatchback – This is a car with either 3 or 5 doors. The rear door swings up to a space for cargo. They have economical engines and are usually small to medium-sized.

Sedan – These are the cars you tend to see most often with families. It has 4 doors and a trunk. They are mostly for transporting people and not really cargo. Many do, however, have spacious trunks.

Wagon – These are a larger sort of hatchback but also similar to the design of a sedan. It offers larger cargo space that is accessed through an up-swinging rear door. Many have the features to turn the back cargo area into extra seating space for passengers.


Crossover – This type of car has a combination of features from SUVs and hatchbacks. They feature larger wheels and are often made to look like off-road vehicles even though they are mainly designed for public roads.

SUV – These are the actual off-road vehicles compared to the crossover. They are often confused because they look similar. However, the SUV has larger wheels, four-wheel drive, sturdy chassis, and brutal designs.


Truck – Trucks are mostly used for commercial purposes or for personal use where lots of cargo is involved. They have a passenger cabin which can seat either 2 or 4 people. The back of the truck is an open flatbed with a loading gate at the back.


Van – These are the vehicles people refer to as the ‘soccer mom’ car. It is mainly designed to transport larger amounts of people.

Sports cars, coupes, and convertibles are mostly two-door vehicles that can only carry two passengers. They are not well-suited for people transport and are often to the higher-end of the price range.