Sedan vs Coupe: What Car Is Best For Me?


What’s the difference between a sedan and coupe? Your first inclination would be to tell me that a sedan is a 4-door vehicle and a coupe is a 2-door vehicle. You wouldn’t be wrong, in fact, for a long time this is how these cars have been classified.

But why then did Mercedes-Benz release the CLS 4-door coupe in 2006? And why have other car manufacturers marketed their cars as 2-door sedans? Suffice to say, there has been a huge debate raging about the differences and benefits of these 2 types of vehicles.

Thankfully, we’re here to clear this confusion and put the whole matter to rest. Most importantly, we’re going to address the question ‘Sedan vs Coupe: Which car is best for me?’

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Everything You Need To Know About Sedan’s and Coupe’s

What Is A Sedan?

Sedans are large 4-door vehicles with a closed-roof and a seating arrangement that can accommodate 4 to 5 people.

As you can see from the picture above, cars are divided into pillars also known as posts. Sedans have a 3-box configuration, and can be identified by their B-Pillar which is located between their front window and rear window.

If we go into technical specifics, sedans have a rear interior volume of 33 cubic feet or higher. In simpler terms, they have significant space in the back for passengers.

Sedans can be subcompact, compact, midsize, or fullsize, and you can divide them by the following types

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6 Different Types Of Sedan Cars

1. Notchback sedan: A 3-box sedan with a flat roof and a sharp transition between the roof and the trunk (with a very angled rear window.)

2. Fastback sedan: A 2-box sedan with a continuous slope that starts at the roof and ends at the trunk lid.

3. Hatchback sedan: Also known as a liftback. Similar to the fastback sedan, but with a lifted rear instead of a trunk lid.

4. Hardtop sedan: A sedan without the B-Pillar and with a permanent roof.

5. Club sedan: A 2 or 4-door sedan with a short roof.

6. Chauffeured sedan: A limousine that has a distinct driver compartment and a passenger compartment.

Sedan Buying Guide

What Is A Coupe?

Coupe’s are compact and midsized closed-bodied vehicles with 2 doors. Coupe vehicles have their rear seating removed in order to create a front area that is spacious, and have an overall sporty style.

A coupe usually comes with 2 seats, or 4 seats that follow the 2+2 configuration. This configuration has 2 seats rather than 3 seats in the back. As you can imagine, there’s not a lot of space in the back of a coupe.

Back to the picture above, coupe’s do not have the B-pillar that is present in sedans.

Going into technical specifics, a coupe has a rear interior volume of less than 33 cubic feet.

Here’s what you should know before you buy a Coupe.

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What is the difference between a sedan and coupe?

Here’s a quick comparison that will help you distinguish between a sedan and a coupe.


Doors: 2

Style: Close-body

Seating: 2 (4 if rear seats are included)

Box configuration: 2-box or 3-box

Appearance: Sporty

Pillars: 2 pillars (A and C)

Interior space: Less than 33 cubic feet


Doors: 4

Style: Closed-roof

Seating: 4 to 5

Box configuration: 3-box

Appearance: Family

Pillars: 3 pillars (A, B, and C)

Interior space: 33 or 33+ cubic feet

Several car models have a sedan and coupe model, and you can use these comparisons to determine which is which.

Sedan vs Coupe Insurance

Some sedans have higher insurance premiums than coupe’s, while some coupe’s have higher insurance premiums than sedans. At the end of the day, your car’s insurance will depend on the following factors:

Passenger protection offered by the car

Safety features such as airbags (front, rear, and side), stability control, and antilock brakes, protect passengers in the event of a collision. Because medical claims are usually high, safety features that minimize injury are loved by insurance companies. This is because their payout will be lower if you are well protected.

So if your top choice sedan has better safety features then your top choice coupe, your insurance coverage will be less on the sedan.

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Damage caused by your car

During a collision with another car, both cars will probably incur damage. If you have a small car that is less likely to cause extensive damage to the other car, then your coverage will be lower.

But if you have a larger car that is more likely to wreak havoc on another car, property damage claims will be high therefore coverage will be high.

Repair and replacement costs

Above we talked about the damage to the other person’s car in the event of an accident, and now we will talk about the damage to your car. Chances are your car will need to be repaired after an accident.

If you have a car that is expensive to repair and which has pricey spare parts, then your coverage will be higher. If your car is affordable to repair and has cheap spare parts, then your coverage will be lower.

These factors will determine how high your insurance will be, whether or not your car is a sedan or coupe is irrelevant.


There you have it, all the information you need to distinguish between a sedan and coupe. At the end of the day, the car which is best for you will be determined by what your needs and preferences are.

  1. If you’re looking for a sleek car with little room, less seating capacity, and a higher price tag, then go with a coupe.
  2. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a family car with lots of room, higher seating capacity, and a lower price tag, go with a sedan.

So which car is best for you? A sedan or a coupe? Share in the comments below.

Don’t forget to share this with your friends and family, who are looking to make a final car decision.


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